Football, Food Lion and Chili
I’m not one to spend a lot of my time in the kitchen. I like playing soccer with my kids, discovering new places and spending time with friends, yet as a wife and a mother of 2 boys kitchen time is a must. While cooking may not be my favorite past time, preparing healthy, tasty snacks and meals for my family is a priority. I have three rules when it comes to cooking.
- A simple recipe
- Quick prep time
One of the keys to following these rules is finding a grocery store that makes shopping easy (I don’t like hunting down ingredients). That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when Food Lion sent me a sampling of items found in their stores. Food Lion recently remodeled 160 stores in the Raleigh area making it easier to find products plus offering more organic and gluten free items.
With the food they sent plus a couple of items that I found in store, I decided to make my boys my Game Day Chili for the Carolina Panthers football game on Sunday. We all have fun getting ready for game time. We wear our favorite players’ jerseys. The boys made a sign to wave during the game, and I was in the kitchen (shocking, I know). Chili is one of those meals that you can modify to your family’s tastes. Vegetarian? Leave out the meat. Spicy? Add hot peppers. We like to add toppings to our chili too- sour cream, shredded cheese and tortilla chips. Food Lion’s Nature’s Place brand has delicious all-natural, organic corn chips. I feel like doing the happy dance when I find healthy touches like this.
Game Day Chili
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
2 cans Ro*tel diced tomatoes
1 can Food Lion brand chili beans
1 can Food Lion brand kidney beans
1 orange bell pepper
1/2 white onion
1 packet of chili seasoning
I prefer to make my chili in a crock pot because after I prep the ingredients, I can play football with my boys. First, I brown the meat in a pan (prior to putting it in a crock pot) and drain any grease. Be sure to pour the grease in a glass container; I use old spaghetti jars instead of pouring it down the sink. Open your cans and pour contents into crock pot. Chop and dice your vegetables and add them to the chili. Then I add the seasoning and mix it all up. Set the crock pot to low and allow it to simmer for 4 hrs, stirring occasionally.
My boys loved my Game Day chili, and for a not-so-much cook this made my heart happy. Plus left overs made for an excellent lunch after my long run.
Do you have a favorite chili recipe?