I grew up with my grandmother's cooking for all of my life. She could take the simplest things and make magic! She worked hard to feed her man and
|The aforementioned mac and cheese!|
She definitely is a lady with a knack for cooking and a wicked green thumb! She and my grandfather had this house with gardens of all sorts around it. Most of the gardens she started when my mom and aunts were just little babies. Every time I would come down, even for the weekend, we would always walk around the gardens, and see what was growing. If it was summer we would go out and pick currants or carrots or snap yellow and green beans off of their little vines. My grampie would usually be in his little shop tinkering around with some parts, making his latest invention. There would always be a pot of my favorite stew with doughboys cooking in the house, because Grammie knows that is my favorite meal! I will sure miss going back to that house this summer. So many memories.
I miss my homeland. The family that is there. The good times. I am blessed to have such a great family.
|Maritimers turned Albertans at the beach!|
|One of my favorite cousins. Miss you bud!!|
The meal I made today just made me think of all of this. Comfort.
Slow-Cooker Chili with Chicken
Adapted from Kraft Kitchen's recipe
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 can red kidney beans
- 1 jar of salsa (about 1.5 cups)
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped roughly
- 1 cup corn
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder (if you don't have this, just use regular)
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- Salt, pepper, seasonings of your choice
- Optional toppings : cheese, sour cream, sliced avocado, crackers
Combine first four ingredients in slow cooker.
Top with chicken, onion, red peppers, corn and seasonings.
Cover with lid. Depending on your crock pot's settings, cooking time will vary. My chili was cooked for 4 hrs 30 min.
Serve and enjoy!
Makes 10 servings
Per serving (without toppings):
Calories - 162, Fat - 6 g, Carbs - 14.4 g, Fiber - 3.6 g, Protein - 13 g
This was the ultimate comfort food. The whole family slurped it down! The whole time I was eating it, thoughts of home flooded my brain along with the feelings that went along with those good times!
Love you guys, and miss you so much!