Tag: chili

Spice of the Month: Chipotle Chili Powder

by in Healthy Recipes, February 8, 2013

chipotle chili powder
Liven up your favorite spicy recipes with this alternative to run-of-the-mill chili powder.

Chipotle Basics
“Chili powder” is actually made from a blend of spices. Various types of dried chilies are mixed with other flavors like garlic, cumin and oregano.

Chipotle peppers are red jalapenos that have been smoked so they’re not only spicy, they have a deep, rich and smoky flavor. Grind dried chipotles into a fine powder and you have a butt-kicking spice that will add big flavor with the smallest of sprinkles — that’s chipotle powder.

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Robin’s Healthy Take: Chili, Three Ways

by in Robin's Healthy Take, January 5, 2012


Blogging about chili is risky business. People are so passionate about their chili recipes, full blown debates have been known to break out. Beef chili should be made with steak. No, ground beef. No wait, beef and pork. And there should definitely be beans.  No there shouldn’t. What about vegetarians? You get the point. Here are MY three favorite chili recipes, perfect for every member of the crowd and ideal for football viewing and cold winter nights. The first is my steak chili with smoky spices, fresh jalapeno and fire-roasted tomatoes. The spicy concoction is topped with crunchy tortilla chips, sour cream and chives. The turkey chili boasts smoky heat from chipotle chilies and smoked paprika and is topped with shredded cheddar cheese. The veggie version is one of my favorites – 4 different kinds of beans (white, black, pinto, soy), red bell pepper and zucchini simmered in a flavorful tomato broth. The broth is thickened with couscous (makes the chili more “meaty”), the soybeans add great texture, and the hit of cilantro at the end keeps flavors fresh and bold.  I swear, it’s the most addictive chili you’ve ever tasted.  Tell me which one you like best!

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5 Ingredients: Chili Cheese Dip

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, February 4, 2011
Dana's 5-Ingredient Chili-Cheese Dip

You don’t need to be a football fan to love this crowd-pleasing dip. No light or nonfat ingredients in this recipe — indulging is all about sensible portions.

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Slow Cooker Dinners 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, November 30, 2010
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Don’t you love walking in the door after a long day and dinner is waiting? It’s that easy when you put your slow cooker to work. Whip out this under-appreciated kitchen appliance and try these 5 mouth-watering dishes.

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Spotlight Recipes: A Super Bowl Spread

by in Healthy Recipes, February 4, 2010

Beef Pops with Pineapple
What’s a Super Bowl party without mouth-watering munchies? Here are some of our favorite healthy choices that will feed — and wow — a crowd!

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Healthy Pregnancy: Planning Ahead in the Kitchen

by in Healthy Pregnancy, October 8, 2009

Apple and Pear Muffins
I’m due in a few short weeks. Once my baby arrives, most of my time and energy will go to him or her — at least until we get into a routine. To spare my husband and me endless nights of takeout, I’m planning ahead by stocking my fridge and freezer with some delicious and healthy foods. Here’s what’s cooking.

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Cook Now, Freeze For Later

by in Healthy Tips, May 12, 2009

One of the oldest tricks in the budget-savvy book is buying and cooking in bulk. Thanks to freezing and canning, that’s all the easier these days. My grandpa will only eat homemade food, and when my grandma travels (sometimes for a month at a time!), she prepares all his beloved dishes and freezes them in single-serve containers — from meatballs to stuffed peppers to meatloaf. In that same spirit, here are some great dishes to freeze — plus, a few words of caution.

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Hearty Chili, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, January 7, 2009

Chili
30-Minute Chili

You just can’t go wrong with chili — it’s easy, cheap, versatile and, yes, good for you. Toss together a few simple ingredients, and in less than an hour, you can tuck into a big bowl. Make a pot for a crowd (perfect for a football party) or to warm up a winter night.

Of course, it’s easy to load up your chili with calories and fat, but here are easy steps to make a pot for under 400 calories per serving.

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