Easy Chili

As a mom to many, easy meals are essential to my success in the kitchen.

While chili is regaled as an easy meal, thanks mainly to the ability to buy commercially canned beans and tomato products, when you cook all your beans from dry as we do it brings a certain level of planning into the mix that many do not want to hassle with.

But, for those with a large family or who really like cooking beans on their own, here is my recipe that keeps it super simple, sister!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds dry Large Red Kidney Beans, cooked. We like ordering beans and spices from here.
  • 2-28 Ounce cans Crushed tomatoes
  • 1-28 ounce can water
  • 1/4 Cup Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Mineral Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper

Method

  • Soak and Cook the Kidney beans, you will need to plan at least 8 hours in advance for this
  • Place the seasonings in with the cooked beans (not before or it will be too soupy and the salt can inhibit the beans cooking well), and begin heating.
  • Add the tomato products and water.
  • Cover and heat until boiling, simmer at least 20 minutes.

This is a recipe for 14-16 people, because my kids eat at least two bowls a piece of this soup every time we make it.

One serving of it falls into an E setting on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. Because my kids are still growing, I add a pat of butter to each of their bowls to make it a crossover meal.

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January Gluten Free Menu Plan

This month in the Treehouse we’re going to Reset, Renew and Restock!

I have been doing weekly menu planning for months now, and because our family’s leftover schedule has changed, due to the increasing appetites of two tween boys, I am going to try a bi-weekly menu plan where we “cook once and eat twice” to save time and freezer space. All recipes will be doubled and frozen for use in the second week.

All recipes that can be linked, will be….

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Weeks 1 and 3

Breakfasts

Lunches

Dinners

Snack #1

Snack #2

Weeks 2 and 4

Breakfasts

Lunches

Dinners

Snack #1

Snack #2

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

We are fortunate in the Treehouse, both of our children with Celiac Disease tolerate certified gluten free oats without a problem. While they are still not as cheap as the regular type, they provide us with a frugal breakfast for our large family.

I actually consider this grain a ninja in the gluten free pantry. If you can tolerate it, don’t leave the store without it!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pure Monk Fruit Extract Powder (or your preferred sweetener to taste), optional
  • 1/4 Cup Applesauce

Method:

Mix all ingredients together, except applesauce, and cook on High in a small pot, stirring frequently until thickened. Pour into your bowl an top with 1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce. Mix together, or grab a small dab of applesauce with each bite.

*I have made this without sweetener and it is still sweet enough due to the applesauce.

This is a single serve recipe and is an E meal on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan.

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Goodie Bowl

I got the bones for this recipe from a blog, “Counting All Joy”, that used to be around when I began following the Trim Healthy Plan to feed my family but seems to have been shut down now, so I adapted it from memory.

We were gluten free and dairy free at that time, so anything I found that could possibly fit the restrictions we had, and felt like dessert, we were going to try it!

As the phonetic sound of the name implies…this is a “Good E” meal or snack on this plan…I know, funny name right, I thought so too?

It seems sad to call it a recipe when it’s just a pour or two here and then throw in a spoon, but I must share this!

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This is a single serve, no special ingredients meal. It is very important that you use FROZEN fruit or it will ruin the effect of this simple meal, in my opinion.

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce

1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Teaspoon Nuts or Seeds

Mix it all together and let the berries get a little melty, and you have something that feels like dessert, and is extremely fast to prepare for one person, or 8 in my house….

I do add a Collagen or Gelatin Tea to this if it is intended as my meal because it is very light on protein. My kids have it with full fat peanut butter drizzled on top as a crossover.

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