Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We’ll just hide the veggies

by Meghann on November 15, 2011

A snippet of the conversation I overheard of my aunt having with her husband on the phone this afternoon:

“Meghann is helping me make dinner tonight.”


“Yes, it’s something healthy – just like what she eats on her blog.”


“Well, it’s chili with italian chicken sausage, broccoli, corn, mushrooms, and peppers”

……. (long pause)……

“Don’t worry. I promise it will be good.”

You say the word healthy in relation to a meal and my aunt’s husband gets a wee bit nervous. He’s a traditional meat and potato man and doesn’t like anything out of the ordinary. (Meaning he would turn his nose up at about 95% of the food I eat on a daily basis.;))

So, here’s the challenge, how do we put together a decently healthy meal for a man who doesn’t like most vegetables? Easy. Make chili and hide all the good stuff in it.


There’s nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of chili. ๐Ÿ™‚

We started with a base of italian chicken sausage (my aunt’s idea since her husband doesn’t like beans) then added an array of colorful bell peppers, onion, broccoli, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, frozen corn, and chili seasoning. We let it all simmer for a couple of hours to let the flavors really come together.


The verdict?

My aunt’s husband loved it. He admitted he was a bit skeptical at first when we added the broccoli in the chili (if he thought that was odd…), but the seasoning was right and it tasted like good ole american chili to him. He was a happy man.


I served myself my own big bowl of chili with a dollop of plain yogurt, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, and a good hunk of Jiffy cornbread (yes, I know the mix has lard in it, but sometimes it just works).


My aunt and I shared some pumpkin pie with a little cool whip for dessert. We agreed it was perfectly acceptable to start celebrating Thanksgiving a week early. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Motivation. Right here.

I’ve shared this on twitter and I’ve shared this on Facebook, but it’s worth sharing here.

First, read THIS post on how not all marathons end with a finish line.

Then, read THIS post on why you should never give up on your marathon dreams.

Warning: grab a tissue – they’re both tear jerkers.

Can I get three cheers for Dori?! She freakin’ rocks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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