Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Food Week - Lunch

One of my favorites things about lunch food is cooking a huge batch on Sunday and having it for the week. This week I chose Chili. It is simple and hearty on these last few days (rather weeks...but we won't think about that) of winter. Here is mine all packed up and ready for tomorrow! (ps: I never put anything hot into plastic...nor do I heat it up in plastic...I just can't afford to switch to glass right now... and all my jars are in the freezer)

I don't really have a recipe and it changes slightly everytime depending on what I have on hand (gotta love simple and flexible!). So here is what I did this time.

Chop one large onion and fry it in the bottom of the pot until golden in some olive oil. Just before the onion is done throw in two finely chopped cloves of garlic. Then add 1 lb of ground beef (this is optional). I get this delicious local beef that is grass-fed free range and it is very lean and tastes devine!! The I add salt and pepper to taste and about a table spoon of chili powder and fry for about a minute. Then I add 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes then I fill one of the cans with water and add that. Then I threw in a can of corn, around 200g of each of dry red kidney beans, black beans and navy beans. I also add another 2 tablespoons of chili powder. Then I bring it to a boil and let simmer for at least 1.5 hours. Add salt, pepper and chili powder to taste. I like it spicy so I also add cyanne pepper. Check your pot every 15 mins to stir and see if it needs more water, the beans take up a lot of juice so if it looks too dry add some. In the end it makes a delicious and thick chili, none of this soupy stuff. All in all it makes lunch for the two of us for 5 days and one dinner.

Check out what everyone else has on for lunch here!


  1. Yum! Adam loves chili, so I'll have to try it your way! :)

  2. I love chili but the main chili eater in our home is our son so I'll have to make this recipe for him.

  3. Yum - chili is such a comfort food. Barb xo

  4. flexible chili that gets my vote...I like using different ingredients!

  5. Hey, dh just made chili a couple of days ago! We're in sync! :)