It's snowing in Chicago. again. we're 20 inches OVER our normal snow totals (51" and counting). winter doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon....so we have been making a lot of veggie chili lately. it is one of my favorite comfort foods during winter and a great way to eat lots of hearty veggies!
-chop, chop, chop all of your veggies! we use a few stalks of celery, a handful of baby carrots, 1/4 orange pepper (swap with green or red if you prefer), 5-6 cherry tomatoes and 1/2 onion. feel free to add any other veggies you want (corn, mushrooms...whatever!)
-spray your pan with pam or lightly coat with olive oil and sauté onions, carrots and celery
-after the hearty veggies look soft, add the cherry tomatoes and peppers
-after all the veggies cook for a few minutes together, add a drained can of black beans
-add one 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes, a packet of chili seasoning and 1/4 cup of water
-let everything cook together for 20 minutes, mix in a generous handful of chopped cilantro and enjoy!
i like to top my chili with crushed ritz crackers, cheese and plain non-fat yogurt (a great substitute for sour cream)
What is your favorite winter comfort food?