Saturday Walk in the Woods

Homemade chili, self made

Homemade chili, self made (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No football today – hooray!!! The boys are at another house. My husband has called to tell me the food isn’t as good as mine and the guys are ribbing the host because of the food put out by his wife. Chips, microwave popcorn, sodas….the number to the local pizza delivery place.  I said, oh well – I’ve paid my football dues.

I am taking today to be by myself – fix the apple pie I posted earlier today and before I leave on a walk in the woods, I’m putting the fixings for vegetarian chili into the crockpot to simmer while I wander.

I am going to several spots I know to pick up hickory nuts for drying for later and pine cones to put in the big basket by the fireplace for adding to the fire on cool nights.  I love autumn – the smell in the air of crisp pine, leaves mellowing before they explode into color and drop to the ground, the cold water of the spring.

I’ll post this when I get back – chili for supper, apple pie for dessert, the jalapeno cornbread I posted on another post about football food.

The walk was lovely and soothing.  A small spritz of rain started and softly pattered on the leaves.  The smell of earth, rain, and leaves was the ultimate in aroma therapy.  Nature always trumps human created scents.  When I opened the door to the kitchen, the smell of the chili made me start drooling.  I may not wait for hubby to come home.  I think I’m going to have some NOW!

Vegetarian Chili

3 cans beans (pinto, kidney, chickpea, black, cannelloni)
1 can corn kernels undrained
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (mild or spicy)
1 small can (6oz) tomato paste
1 bell pepper chopped
1 small onion diced
several cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp dried cilantro

Saute veggies. Put all ingredients in the crock pot, stir and cook on low for 5 hours (3 on high should be fine.)
This can be made as spicy or mild as you choose. I make it mild and then add some Crystal hot sauce afterwards.

If you eat as it, it is vegan. I like to top with low fat sour cream and some chopped green onion.

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