This is how most of my cooking adventures with my best travel buddy begin.
We didn’t actually leave the kitchen… except in our mouths… MINDS! I mean our minds. We made chili this particular evening. This recipe includes winter squash. We decided to use canned pumpkin but an equal volume of roasted butternut squash, acorn squash, or whatever you can get your hands on should work perfectly. The squash adds its own unique flavor and balances the acid from the tomato with the heat from the peppers. Normally the lard from ground meat would do that job but this way you don’t have to add a lot of grease to get a delicious bowl of chili. To start, you’ll want to assemble the following ingredients.
3 tins of beans (any variety), include the liquid when you add them to the recipe
28 oz tin crushed tomatoes
1 15 oz tin pumpkin
2 chiles, minced (we used jalapeno)
3 chipotle chiles in adobo, minced
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced (we used 6 but we love garlic)
1 tsp cumin
pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp chili powder
salt to taste
hot sauce to taste
Add the onion and a dash of olive oil to a large pot. Stir on medium/high heat until the onions begin to turn translucent. Combine the rest of the ingredients except for the beans and liquid. Heat to boiling. Add the beans (we used white, black and kidney but any mix would do) and adjust liquids to desired consistency with bean liquid and possibly water. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Garnish with cilantro. If you like your chili really spicy, include the seeds from the peppers, otherwise, discard them and add a little hot sauce for pep. Wear gloves when mincing the peppers to prevent an evening of burning fingers (sorry, Brent).
3 cups almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
big pinch of salt
1 generous handful of shredded Daiya cheddar cheese
2 peppers, minced (again, we used jalapeno)
3 tbsp starch
1/5 cup almond milk
Preheat oven to 325F/160C. Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Mix in grated cheese and serranos. In a separate bowl, mix the starch, almond milk, and water. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until they just come together. Drop batter in large spoonfuls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned on top. If you’re allergic to nuts, try this with ready-made polenta and skip the almond milk and starch.
This recipe (as written) is perfect for 3-4 people to have a generous serving. Brent and I were both stuffed and the floor also had some. Oops. I hope you get to try it!