This is one of those days when I am so, so glad to work from home. We are lucky to be above the sleet line and have all snow up here. Of course it is a lot of snow!
John went out twice with the snow blower to keep it under control while I worked. He is gunning for his 15 straight win of Husband of the Year.
I made a warm and comforting breakfast to start the day. I did cream of wheat (with egg whites whisked in) topped with the apple/cranberry topping, which I made with raisins instead.
This is in lieu of Bagel Wednesday as we just couldn’t get out. Hopefully Thursday!
I had some munching problems early in the day. I was very hungry for some reason. I tried to get extra protein with lunch with a double dose of tuna:
Kiwis are back! Yippee! I also actually had probably another entire serving of these pretzel thins while making lunch. Just to be honest here.
Then I went out during the afternoon break in the snow to skim off the driveway and sidewalks. This is our front walk.
I think there is a yard under here somewhere:
There really is nowhere to put the snow!
Yay – I am so happy to be shoveling
I look irritated, but I actually am not. My eyes are sensitive to brightness. Even on a cloudy day, the snow is bright enough to make me squint, which produces what we have affectionately named “the divot” between my eyebrows that is permanent.
I was ready for this when I came in!
Weather like this calls for some warm and tummy filling chili. In my effort to do more recipe cooking this month, I decided to make the Chili with Corn, chicken, and chipoltes from Sunday Soupby Betsy Rosbottom. I made some modifications to this,including using already cooked chicken, not adding beans, and reducing the recipe size. Changes I made are marked with an asterisk.
- 1-1/2 tbsp of oil (I used coconut) *
- 1/2 cup of chopped onions (which I pureed) *
- 1/8 cup of flour
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups of vegetable broth *
- One 15 oz can of chopped tomatoes, drained
- 2 chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped (I divided a can of these up and froze portions for convenience).
- 2 cups of frozen corn kernels
- 6 oz of cooked chicken breast, chopped *
Heat the oil in a soup pot and saute the onions until lightly browned (several minutes). In a small bowl, mix the flour and spices together and sprinkle over top the onions. Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Then add the broth slowly, whisking to make sure you don’t get clumps. Then add tomatoes and chipotles. Bring to a simmer,cover, and cook until the mixture has thickened – about 15 minutes. Then add the corn and chicken. Cook for 10 more minutes until everything is heated through. It helps if the corn kernels are thawed. Makes 4 servings. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired. This is more like soup than chili, so if you cut down to 2 cups of broth, it would probably be thicker. Each serving is about 2 cups!
Each serving has 216 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 13 grams of protein.
This was really good. It is quite spicy, so you may want to either leave out the adobo chipotles or reduce the chili powder a bit. I like it hot. John was getting sweaty, though!
My work slowed down some as the clinic lost a lot of patients from the snow storm. I now have time to do my 15 minutes of cleaning and some bike trainer riding.
Question: What’s your spice level?