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Homestyle Chili

Are you ready for a hot bowl of chili? How about a healthy bowl of chili (ah ha, I knew that would get your attention)! This chili is healthier since it is made with lean meat. But don’t think for a second that it won’t be full of FLAVOR!

1 Pound of 96% Lean Ground Meat

1 28 Oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes

1 Cup of Low Sodium Chicken Stock

1 Can of Black Beans

1 Can of Pinto Beans

1 Medium Onion

5 Slices of Pickled Jalapeños (or more if you like it spicy)

5 Tbs Chili Powder

3 Tbs of Onion Powder

3 Tbs of Garlic Powder

1 Tbs of Cayenne Pepper

3 Tbs of Smoked Paprika

1 Tbs Salt

1 Tbs Pepper

Brown the meat in a hot dutch oven or large pot over high heat. Season with half of the seasoning. Once the meat is browned reduce the heat down to medium. Add the crushed tomatoes and the chicken stock. Drain and rinse the beans and add to the pot.

Dice the onions and jalapeños and add to the mixture. I like to add some of the jalapeño juice too (no need to waste any of that FLAVOR). Mix in the rest of the seasoning. (It’s okay to take a minute to step back and pat yourself on the back for creating such an easy and beautiful creation…I do it all the time).

Let it cook uncovered on a low simmer for 30 minutes.  Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings. This chili would also be perfect poured over nachos. Yum!

**Tip – If you are pressed for time, try browning the onions first, then add the meat. Once browned add the rest of the ingredients and heat over medium heat and serve as soon as it is hot (about 5-10 minutes).

Happy Flavoring!

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Easy Tomato Sauce

This recipe is so simple and is so much healthier than store bought tomato or marinara sauce. It has way less sodium and no added sugar. Trust me, it makes a difference when you control the ingredients, and the FLAVORS!

1 28 Oz. Can of Crushed Tomatoes

1 Cup of Water

1 Medium Onion (diced)

2 Cloves of Garlic

1/4 Cup of Fresh Basil (rough chopped)

1/4 Tbs of Salt

1/2 Tbs of Italian Seasoning

1 Tbs of Olive Oil (or canola oil)

Warm up the oil in a pot or dutch oven over medium heat (I use my beloved dutch oven which I use all the time, it’s my new best friend…weird I know).  Then chop the onion and add to your pot. Cook for about 5 minutes. In the meantime you can sing that song in that commercial that you just can’t get out of your head ;). Once the onion is translucent, chop and add the garlic to the pot. If you have trouble cutting the sticky garlic use a hand grater (microplane) to grate the garlic right into the pot. It only needs a minute for the garlic to cook, once you start to smell it (oh do I love that smell) it’s done!

Pour in the crushed tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Start to add in the spices. Tear the basil into small pieces and add into the mixture. Once it starts boiling put on the lid and reduce the heat down to low. Let it cook for 30 minutes, then let cool slightly and it’s ready to use. I like to make double batches and store it in mason jars in the fridge to grab whenever you want. It’s great for a fast pizza or pasta dish, or even drizzled over a English muffin or veggies. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Flavoring!

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