white chili and cornbread

We are in the middle of a wintery blizzardy snow-pocolypse ’round these parts of Michigan as I type this.  In fact, today I have a snow day–which doesn’t happen much in my urban district.

What is perfect for cold, yucky winter weather?  CHILI!  and CORNBREAD!

I love chili as much as the next warm-blooded American, but if I am honest, I love white chili even more, so I am sharing with you my favorite white chili recipe that I was given by my aunt.

White Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 jars Great Northern Beans (large jars)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 packet Mexican Velveeta Cheese (cubed)
  • 1 can green chilis (optional (I don't use because we don't like the heat))
  • 2 cans chicken (optional (I use because the hubs likes meat in his chili))

Directions

Step 1
in a large pot (I use my dutch oven) saute the peppers and onions in the butter for about 10 minutes
Step 2
Add water, drained beans, chicken, chilis, cumin, and white pepper. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
Step 3
Add cubes of Velveeta and allow to melt through.

Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil

Directions

Step 1
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
Step 2
pour into a greased 8x8 (or 9x9) pan and bake at 400 degree F for 20-25 minutes

Are you a chili person?  What do you make to warm up your family’s tummies on a cold day?

What the Kids Eat

Usually on Saturdays I try to share a recipe we loved during the week.  Well, this week Cort was pretty much in charge and so we had BLTs and Grilled Cheese and a new recipe he tried (it was good!), so I don’t have pictures or a recipe to share.

But I thought it would be fun to share what my kids eat lately.

For the most part, they eat what we do for dinner.

But there are things that Charlie can’t have yet and things Eddie will try, but won’t eat to being “full”, so we add extras with their dinners to ensure that they get a complete, healthy meal.

This is a typical dinner for four on any given week night…

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I made loaded potato soup and bread.  Eddie is not a soup fan, and he has issues with the texture of potatoes (he’s that one kid who hates mashed potatoes.), so he had nuggets that night along with strawberries, carrots, and a mixed fruit cup.  Pretty sure he ate it all.  That’s his favorite meal.  Charlie had cereal mixed with some sort of pureed food.

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I have been blessed with “good eaters”.  When Eddie was Charlie’s age, he ate everything we gave him.  And lots of it.  Our friends and family who were not blessed with “good eaters” would sit in amazement.

Eddie is still a pretty good eater.  He says he doesn’t like things, but generally it’s not true.

Above is a typical weekend lunch: mac n cheese, organic yogurt, a muffin with organic butter, and peaches.  He probably ate it all.

Charlie has recently decided that at 10 months he is clearly too old and cool for baby food and pureed mush, so he eats what we eat now too.

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Here he has turkey, apple, peas, and carrots.  I distinctly remember he ate it all and then was mad that there wasn’t more.

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Lately we’ve been giving him some of what we have as long as it doesn’t include things (like dairy or nuts) that he is not supposed to have.  This particular night I made a chicken casserole with stuffing and green beans in it.  You can see Eddie had the casserole supplemented with watermelon, peaches, and a cheese stick.  Charlie had the chicken, green beans, and stuffing too, but I put it on his plate before mixing it with the heavy cream stuff.  And I gave him some peas and carrots and peaches too.

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Most of Charlie’s intake is still bottles, though.  He drinks four bottles a day that are anywhere between 6 and 8 ozs.  Although he is so independent that he doesn’t want to be held and fed anymore…other than his last bottle before bed.

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Oh…and we do dessert in this house!  Charlie’s dessert is usually a graham cracker, but if he is lucky, Mommy or Daddy will give him a bite of our treat.  He is particularly partial to apple pie.  Eddie is having a Lemon Cheese cake bar with some ice cream.  That must mean he ate all of the required “bites” for dinner that night.

We strive to have healthy meals together.  Now that Cort is done with school, we sit down as a family almost every single night.  It used to be about 3 out of 7 nights, now it’s closer to 7 out of 7.

My favorite part of all of this is when Eddie, with a mouthful of food, looks at Cort or me and asks, “So. Did you have a great day?”

That is what family dinners are all about.

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