Snow Day!

I woke up at 6 a.m. with a call reporting our schools were closed due to weather.  I jumped for joy (back into bed of course) and thought of all the fun things we could do today.  On these “free” days I like to call them I always seem to end up in the kitchen while the kiddos build forts in the living room and make a big, gigantic mess.  I love it!  Today has been just that!

I knew the temperature was frigid outside the moment I opened my eyes…my body always lets me know.  I have been feeling so well but cold weather and my extremities don’t always get along.  I decided to cozy up and stay warm indoors today  and see what I could create.  We started our morning with waffles for the kiddos at Emalynn’s request…how could I say no!  With one mess down I thought I really needed something to warm mama up for lunch from the inside out.  What did I end up with?  My first rendition of…and Daniel Fast approved…meatless chili!  It was so good I just had to share it!

Meatless Chili

1 Cup Chopped Onion (1 Large)
1/2 Cup Chopped Green Bell Pepper
1 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 28 oz. can Diced Tomatoes (I used organic)
1 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce (I used Meijer Naturals)
1 15.25 oz can Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
1 15 oz. can Dark Red Kidney Beans (rinsed and drained)
1 15.25 oz. can Sweet Corn and Diced Peppers (drained)
3 tsp. Chili Powder
1/2 tsp. Dried Basil, Crushed
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

Saute Onion and Green Pepper in Extra Virgin Olive Oil for 5 minutes.  Add Garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes.  Stir in undrained Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Drained Black and Kidney Beans and Corn, Chili Powder, Basil and Pepper.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat.  Simmer for 20-25 minutes.  Top with fresh tomatoes and green onions.  Enjoy! 🙂

This dish was derived from my classic beef chili recipe.  I substituted 1 lb. ground sirloin with the black beans and the typical bottle of chili sauce with the tomato sauce.  It was so filling I never even missed the beef! 

Now that Jackson is laying down I think there may be some crafting in my future before I set out on my next cooking adventure…lasagna for the family packed full of (hidden) vegetables…and you never know what I’ll come up with for myself for dinner.  This is such an adventure…an exciting one!  God is really speaking to me about what I should (and should not) be putting into my body.  I’m excited to see the end result from this time of fasting both physically and spiritually.

Well Emalynn and Maxwell are headed outside to play with their friends.  Something tells me they won’t be out there too long.  I’d better get the hot cocoa with heart-shaped whipped cream “marshmallows” ready!  Stay warm and stay safe my friends! 

For to the snow He says, “Fall on the earth,”…That all men may know His work.  Job 37:6-7 NASB

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