Slow Cooker Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and corn bread

12 oz. lean ground beef
2 cups red kidney beans (dry)
1 lg onion, diced (or chopped)
1 med. red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
3-1/2 cups tomatoes, diced (equals one large can)
7-1/4 c. Tomato Sauce (equals 2 large cans)
3 Tbsp Chili powder
3 Tbsp Chili Sauce (Heinz)
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Bay Leaf, crumbled (or 1/4 tsp powdered)
1-1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Soak the beans per package directions. Brown the beef and drain well.

Toss everything in the pot, stir, and cook on low for 8-10 hours (or your entire work day + commute)

Serves 16
Per serving 1 cup

Calories – 144.8
Carbohydrates – 19.2g
Sugars – 7.4g
Fiber – 5.3g
Fat – 4.9g
Saturated Fat – 1.9g
Cholesterol – 15.9mg
Protein – 7.8g
Sodium – 776.2mg

Quinoa Salad w/ Tzatziki dressing

1 c. quinoa, dry
5 g. cilantro
1 lg cucumber, chopped (~228 g)
1 med. yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 med. red bell pepper, chopped
12 oz green beans (snap), 1″ slices
3/4 c. Nancy’s Easy Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce To Die For!) – so good there’s no way to improve on it
1/2 c. Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1/2 c. red wine vinegar

Cook quinoa and cilantro in a 2 qt pot (or rice cooker) with 2 c. water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and cook for 15 min. Remove from heat and leave covered to cool.

Once the quinoa is cool, chop all the veggies and combine with the quinoa in a med/large mixing bowl (can be the serving bowl too).

Dressing: Combine Nancy’s Tzatziki sauce with greek yogurt and red wine vinegar. Whisk to combine well.

Coat the quinoa and vegetables with the dressing.

Serves 9

Serving Size: 1 cup (approx. 228g)
Calories – 123.7
Carbohydrates – 21.4g
Sugars – 3.4g
Fiber – 3.4g
Fat – 1.3g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 8.1g
Sodium – 406.8mg

Three Bean Salad

1 c. mayocoba beans, dry
1 c. kidney beans, dry
1 c. black beans, dry
1/2 c. lime juice (approx. 5 limes)
200 g mushrooms, chopped
2 med. red bell peppers, chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. olive oil
2 Tbsp Greek Seasoning (McCormick)
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

Cook beans according to bag.

Once beans are cooled, soak mushrooms in lime juice for 10-15 minutes.

Drain the lime juice from the mushrooms, reserving the juice. Toss the beans, mushrooms, and peppers into a large bowl.

Add the garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and greek seasoning to the lime juice. Whisk well and let sit for 30 min.

Pour the vinaigrette over the beans. Toss.

Add the goat cheese shortly before serving.

Serves 11
Serving Size: 1 cup (approx. 200 g)
Calories – 238.7
Carbohydrates – 22.8g
Sugars – 3.1g
Fiber – 8.7g
Fat – 13.5g
Saturated Fat – 3.5g
Cholesterol – 8.1mg
Protein – 8.3g
Sodium – 183.9mg

Fiberlicious Portabella Mushrooms

I have to admit on this one, my husband liked it much better than I did. I found it passable, but he liked it so much, it’s being posted here anyway. I hope you like it as much as he did.

Fiberlicious Portabella Mushrooms w/ baked potato

3 Tbsp ground flax seed
1.5 c. water
200 g Mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 lg onion (approx. 211 g)
100 g Spinach, fresh
100 g bell pepper, mixed colors, diced
2 Tbsp barley flour
1 Tbsp Sumac, ground
1/8 tsp Garlic Salt
6 oz. portabella mushroom, sliced

Whisk flax seed into water and let stand.

In a large skillet, dry sautee mushrooms, garlic, and onions (no moisture added) over medium heat. Once mushrooms are reduced and onions transluscent, add spinach and peppers. Stir well.

Add barley flour, sumac, and garlic salt into the flax mixture. Whisk well to combine.

The spinach should be fully wilted by now. Stir in the flax mixture to fully coat the vegetables. Lay the portabella slices on top, turning once. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve.

Serves 2
Per serving (approx. 300 gr)
Calories – 180.3
Carbohydrates – 30.4g
Sugars – 3.7g
Fiber – 10.3g
Fat – 4.4g
Saturated Fat – 0.5g
Cholesterol – 0.0mg
Protein – 11.7g
Sodium – 183.1mg

Protein Pancakes

Pancakes with fresh raspberries and whipped cream

2.5 c. HDMB – Pancake & Biscuit Mix
1.5 c. nonfat milk
1 Tbsp flax seed, ground
3 Tbsp water

Preheat skillet.

Mix flax and water in a small bowl and set aside. Combine pancake mix and milk until consistency is smooth. Add flax mix and combine thoroughly.

Spray skillet lightly with spray oil. Pour 1/4 c. of the batter onto the hot skillet. When edges of pancakes are dry, and bubbles popped do not fill in with wet batter, flip the pancake. Cook for 2-3 more minutes.

Serve hot.

Serves 4 (3, 1/4 c. pancake)

Per serving
Calories – 271.5
Carbohydrates – 46.5g
Sugars – 5.9g
Fiber – 4.9g
Fat – 2.4g
Saturated Fat – 0.4g
Cholesterol – 165.9mg
Protein – 16.7g
Sodium – 395.6mg

Pancake & Biscuit Mix

5 c. white flour
4 c. whole wheat flour
3 c. wheat graham flour (can use whole wheat)
2.5 c. instant nonfat dry milk
1/4 c. baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1.5 c. Splenda, granulated (or other bake safe dry sweetener)
8 scoops whey protein powder, unflavored
1/2 c. flax seed, ground
2 Tbsp vanilla powder (optional)

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. (If you’re like me and keep protein powder around, wash and save an empty 2 lb container. It will make the perfect storage vessel)

Makes 18 cups
Serving size 1 cup (approx. 130g)

HDMB
Pancake & Biscuit Mix

1 cup (130g)

Bisquick
Pancake and Baking Mix

1 cup (122.7g)

Jiffy
Pancake/Waffle Mix

1 cup (114.2g)

Calories – 368.4
Carbohydrates – 65.8g
Sugars – 2.2g
Fiber – 7.1g
Fat – 2.9g
Saturated Fat – 0.5g
Cholesterol – 20mg
Protein – 20.7g
Sodium – 553.6mg
Calories 485
Carbohydrate 78.8g
Sugars – 3g
Fiber 3g
Fat 15.2g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Protein 9.1g
Sodium 1485mg
Calories -520
Carbohydrates – 88g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 4g
Fat – 18g
Saturated Fat – 4g
Cholesterol – 9mg
Protein – 8g
Sodium – 1280mg

Refried Beans

1 c. pinto beans, dry
1 c. mayocoba beans, dry
2 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Add beans and sufficient water to cover them well (at least 3″ over top of beans) to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for at least 1 hour. Drain.

Replace water, return bean pan to stove. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer for at least 1 hour. Drain.

Mash beans using a mixer or food processor (my preference). Return beans to saucepan. Add garlic, olive oil, salt, and 1 cup water. Mix well. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

Optional: Return refried beans to mixer or food processor, mashing to desired consistency.

Serves 8

Per 1/2 c. serving (approx. 122.5g)
Calories – 159
Carbohydrates – 25g
Sugars – 1g
Fiber – 6g
Fat – 4g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 9g
Sodium – 129mg

Garam Masala Hummus

Garam Masala Hummus with sandwich thin

3 cups garbanzo beans, cooked and drained
1 med. lemon, juice (approx. 1/4 c.)
3 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1 Tbsp. flax seed, ground
1 tsp. garam masala

Cook and drain garbanzo beans according to bag (or Google directions). Place beans and lemon juice in food processor and mix on high speed until appearance is mostly smooth and all levels spin at about the same speed.  Add garlic, flax, and garam masala. Continue to blend on high speed until appearance is smooth and everything is well mixed. Serve with naan, pita, veggies, or sandwich thins.

30 servings (2 Tbsp)

Calories: 30
Carbohydrates: 5g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 1g
Fat: 0.5g  
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 2g
Sodium: 1g

7-1/2 servings (1/2 cup) – Heart Healthy serving

Calories: 121
Carbohydrates: 20g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 3g
Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 6g
Sodium: 5g

Rice "Stuffing"

8 slices, whole grain bread
2 c. wild rice blend, cooked
2 c. brown rice, cooked
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped (Image)
3 stalks, celery, diced
2 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1-1/2 c. mushrooms, sliced
4 Tbsp. pine nuts
1/4 c. red wine
1 c. vegetable broth
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
4 Tbsp. Sage, ground
3 Tbsp. Thyme, leaves
1/2 tsp. Black pepper, ground

Toast bread lightly, cut into 1″ cubes. Cook rices.

Heat olive oil in skillet and saute onion, celery, garlic, mushrooms, and pine nuts. Turn off heat and stir in wine.

Combine everything with spices in a large bowl until thoroughly blended.

Put in deep baking dish (I like to use a small roasting pan), pour broth evenly over the top, cover and bake at 350 for 30-45 min. Check every 15 minutes for moisture, add water as needed to keep “stuffing” moist.


Alternate 1 – Can be stuffed in chicken or small turkey like any regular stuffing. Be sure temperature in the middle of the bird reaches at least 180 deg. before serving.

Alternate 1.5 – Double recipe for larger bird and baste every 15-30 min.

Alternate 2 – Place Tofurkey or other protein source on top of the “stuffing” before bakin
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Serves 8

Per 1 cup (200 gr) serving
Calories – 289
Carbohydrates – 48g
Sugars – 5g
Fiber – 6g
Fat – 8g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 8g
Sodium – 244mg

Fun and tasty additions: 1/2 c. dried cranberries; 1-2 green apples, peeled and diced; 1/2 c. pecans or walnuts.