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13 Bean Chili

After work I went for a lovely 40 minute run.  No watch, no headphones (well, I never run with headphones…), no nothing.  Just me…running.  It feels so great to run just to run.  I look forward to enjoying my surroundings and not worrying about my time.  It feels great!

Dinner tonight was a mish-mosh of things.  I had some leftover cooked quinoa from my Southwestern Quinoa Salad to which I added some lemon juice, salt, pepper, thyme, cooked lentils, raisins, chopped walnuts and goat cheese.

Served alongside some Parmesan baked asparagus – sprinkled with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and parm cheese before baking at 375°F for 15 minutes.

And some hummus with crackers for fun. 🙂

Then, I made up some 13 Bean Chili that I picked up at the store from Bob’s Red Mill.  It will be perfect for the week and to freeze.

The chili mix is basically just a mix of 13 different types of beans which you can cook and use however you wish.  It contains a mix of navy beans, black beans, red beans, pinto beans, baby lima beans, large lima beans, garbanzo beans, red lentils, great northern beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, yellow split peas, green split peas, and lentils.  No spices are added so that you can add whatever you want.

I decided to make this into a chili, as the back of the mix recommends.  But, of course, I added a few more ingredients to spruce it up!

I forgot to soak the beans overnight, so instead I boiled the beans for 5 minutes, then let them sit in that water for 1 hour.  By that time, the beans had absorbed some of the water.

I dumped out the water, rinsed the beans, and put them in the crock pot covered with water on low heat for 2 hours.

Once the beans were tender, I added the following:

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 8 oz cans tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes with pepper
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • pinch salt and pepper to taste

I chopped everything up and mixed it all together.

Then, set the crock pot to low heat and cooked for 1 hour until hot and bubbly.

Edited to add: I ended up simmering the chili on low heat overnight to make the beans more tender, and I definitely recommend doing that!  The chili thickened up a bit as well.

This made a ton of chili!  I have been making a bigger batch of 1 thing per week for the past few weeks to eat throughout the week, such as Millet Patties, Lentil Burgers and Southwestern Quinoa.  I don’t eat it for every meal, but it really helps to not have to cook something for every single meal during the week.  It is nice to have a lunch to grab and go, and to be able to have a healthy dinner within minutes.  I am planning on eating this chili all week, and also freezing a few containers for lunches or dinners in a pinch. (It ended up making 9 single servings!!)

Normally, I would do this over the weekend when I have a little bit more time, but this weekend just got away from me!  I love this bean mix, and the chili came out really good!

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Well, my computer has been acting up and I haven’t been able to upload my photos!  I finally got it to work, so I’ll leave you with a little recap of my last few eats from yesterday and today.

Yesterday, I woke up to a chill in the air.  But, I knew that I wanted to get a little run in since it has been over a week since my last run.  After walking this guy for 45 minutes (3 miles),

I headed out on a nice, relaxing 3 mile run.  It took me about 30 minutes to complete my run.  I ran without lookingat my watch and just enjoying my surroundings.  I loved it!

After my run, I was more than ready for breakfast.  So, I made some Steel-Oats for Two.

They take about 30 minutes to cook, but it is so worth it.  They taste so much better than the rolled oats I normally eat.  I think I will try to start cooking these in my slow cooker overnight!

I cooked 1/2 cup of steel cut oats for two (1/4 cup is a serving size) with 2 tbsp of ground flaxmeal.  Once the oats only had about 4-5 minutes of cooking time left, I whipped in 1 chopped banana.  Then, topped the oats with granola and nut butter (peanut butter for Brant, almond butter for me).

Lunch was at the mall after we did some shopping – Au Bon Pain Meditteranean Wrap.

And, some dried Baby Pineapple that was sent to me by Megafruit to review – YUM!

I love dried fruit, especially unsweetened, so I knew that I would love this.  They just dry the fruit – no sugars added.  It is sweet enough on it’s own and so delicious.  I also received Mangosteen and Lychee, which I cannot wait to try!  (I will do a full review later.)

[Fast forward to this morning.]

It was another cool morning, so I was looking forward to my oatmeal again.  However, I had some Yogurt that needed to be used up, so I mixed up a Yogurt Bowl.

My yogurt bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup Kashi Puffs
  • 1/4 cup Brown Rice Crisps
  • 1/4 cup Uncle Sam’s
  • 1/4 cup Museli (with dried cherries)
  • 1 cup Organic Valley Vanilla Drinkable Yogurt

With fruit served on the side – watermelon, pineapple and canteloupe.

I also had some coffee/hot cocoa (a mocha!) to take the chill off.

I went home for lunch to walk this guy again.

So, I got to eat at home today – fun!  I heated up a bowl of leftover Southwestern Quinoa Salad and a Cottage Cheese Muffin.

Along with the rest of the fruit that I didn’t finish this morning.

I also grabbed a few pieces of dark chocolate before heading back to work.

Have a great Monday!