Do you ever get in a rut in the kitchen? Your fridge is full of ingredients and they may even be healthy ones, but you just can’t get inspired to cook. Yeah, me too! In fact, this has been me a lot lately. Sometimes we just need some new inspiration and new ideas. Maybe we need to look at food more simply and not get caught up in the gluten-free, paleo, sugar-free, no carb, juice only “fads” going on around us right now. We try, we really do, but if you’re like me, it can be so difficult to make any of these methods of eating a permanent lifestyle. We end up missing the “bad” foods we can’t have and having the”good” foods over and over again to the point where you never want to see another raw nut or piece of broccoli again. Can you relate?
Sometimes we just need to come back to the point: just eat real food. That’s it! Just real food, in it’s original state. If it comes from a package or has a gazillion ingredient that you can’t pronounce, it’s likely not a real food. Real food is simple, nutritious, and can be delicious if you have some great recipes that you can always turn to.
I was so excited to be asked to be a Cookbook Ambassador for the release of 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous, by Lisa Leake. She is the writer and encouragement behind every blog post on 100DaysofRealFood.com, reminding us how easy real food can be and why it should be a part of our every day. This blog has been my go-to source for recipes for years, and this cookbook is now my favorite new source for daily recipe inspirations.
I’ve looked through the cookbook cover to cover many times now and I’m thrilled at how quick and easy each recipe seems. The recipes I’ve tried have been just that – they’re fast to make and can be easily made with ingredients I already have around the house. The cookbook is organized by types of meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, salads, etc.) so it’s easy to find an idea quickly when you need it. And boy are they delicious too!
I wanted to share one recipe from the book that will be a favorite in my house for sure as we go into Winter. It’s warm, comforting and on the table in 30 minutes. I won’t even have to go to the grocery store ahead of time because I always have these items hanging around.
Here’s what Lisa has to say about this recipe:
Whether you call this dish a chili or hearty chicken and bean stew, it’s definitely a winner. The first time I made it for my kids, they asked me so many times what it was called, but by the end of the meal they cared much more about getting second helpings than remembering the name! If you have time be sure to double the recipe and store in the fridge or freezer, because, like most soups and stews, the leftovers are amazing.
White Chicken Chili
Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook time: Less than 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1/2 onion, diced
• 1/2 jalapeño, minced
• 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 11/4 teaspoons salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
• Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
• 1 3/4 cups chicken broth, store bought or homemade (page 103)
• 1/4 cup heavy cream
TOPPINGS: Chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips
1. In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.
4. Break up some of the beans with the back of a wooden spoon to help thicken the chili. Stir in the cream, garnish with the desired toppings, and serve!
LISA’S TIP: This dish is also great with leftover cooked chicken. Just skip step 2 and add the cooked chicken with the garlic and spices in step 3.
Be sure to pre-order your copy of 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous right now! Those who pre-order will get the lowest price that Amazon offers between now and the release date (October 25, 2016).
Share with us about your journey with real food. Are you wanting to start, still learning or have you been doing it for years? Share with us the the comments below!
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