but here is my promise to you - i will post a new recipe at least once a week, that i've created in (and had approved by) my house of food-lovers. and i'll do my best to include close to specific measurements!
to kick things off, tonight we had hearty chilli and cornbread, to do our old friend jared from wyoming proud. it's a super simple recipe, most of these ingredients probably already occupy your pantry shelves and it doesn't even take very long! here's how it happened:
2 lbs ground beef
1/2 large red onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tsp real cocoa powder (its a great addition, but if you don't have it on hand don't worry)
2 tsp white vinegar
3-4 tsp chilli powder (depending on how hot you like your chilli)
1/2 tsp paprika/smoked paprika
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 large cans of beans, drained & rinsed (or the equivalent of pre-soaked beans, i prefer kidney, black and/or navy)
1 L pasta sauce (i use organic marinara sauce, pick your fav)
+brown your ground beef and onions together
+once beef is cooked through (and without draining the fat), add garlic, cocoa, vinegar, chilli powder, paprika & celery, and cook for about 10 minutes to let the flavors come to life
+add beans and sauce
+simmer for at least 15 minutes - the longer it simmers, the more you'll taste the flavors but it is totally okay to serve it after 15 minutes.
bob's red mill cornbread mix
this mix calls for eggs, some sort of milk, and butter - all the dinners i make are dairy free since dane can't have dairy, so i used eggs, coconut milk and coconut oil, in all the same amounts as the recipe on the package calls for. i made them in a muffin tin greased with coconut oil, and they were awesome - and even moist! i have tried them with other substitutes but this is by far my favorite combo!
to really do wyoming proud, you could serve the cornbread with soft butter and honey.... obviously not dairy free.
*important note: the spices i used, as well as the pasta sauce, i've checked them all out to be safely gluten free. make sure you do the same! if you have old spices in your cupboard and you're not sure, get rid of them and invest in some new ones. for the whole story on gluten free spices, check out this page. mc cormick is a great company to get them from, they're pretty inexpensive and they have guaranteed me that they are gluten free. that being said, things always change so be sure to do your due diligence and check them out when you're ready to use them! as for pasta sauce, i use either trader joe's marinara sauce, which is labeled gluten free, or simply natural's organic tomato and basil, which i buy at costco. check out simply natural's statement here.