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Crock Pot Chili

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Chili is a mainstay in our house, whether it’s a special occasion or just a cold winter night. Today is the Super Bowl, Chili is a perfect dinner for such an event. It cooks all day in the crock pot and it’s ready when you are. It goes great with tortilla chips and wings and everything else that goes along with celebrating the Big Game.

My chili is of course, very simple, with very few ingredients. My husband is a picky eater and hater of most vegetables, so I have created an excellent chili compromise. If I were to make this for myself or for others who enjoyed vegetables, I would add green peppers, onions and lots of tomatoes. However, this version has none of that. But it’s still quite delicious!


1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey – our favorite)
1 can red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can chili beans
2 cans tomato sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder
Hot sauce to taste (We like a lot!)

Spray the inside of the crock pot with cooking spray. Pre-cook the ground beef. While the meat is cooking, open the cans of beans and tomato sauce. Drain the kidney beans and black beans, pour into the crock pot. Do not drain the chili beans. Use that liquid in the chili, so just pour the whole can of chili goodness into the crock pot. Add the tomato sauce and chili powder. Sprinkle with hot sauce, if desired. Stir well. When the beef is done, add that to the mixture. Stir until well mixed. Cook on medium heat for 4-6 hours.

Scoop into bowls and top with sour cream, cheese and green onions. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Menu Plan: Week of Dec. 28

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Amanda's Menu Plan

It’s the last week of 2014 and we’re going out with a bang. Or should I say, we’re going to try to empty the refrigerator and freezer this week. We bought a 14 lb. turkey before Thanksgiving (it was on sale for $4!) and I’m going to cook it this week. We’ll have amazing leftovers, plus I’ll get a huge empty spot in my freezer. We had a ‘leftover’ night last night just to try to get the fridge cleaned out too. How does this much food accumulate in such a short amount of time?!

The fridge

What a mess — how many cool whip containers can one refrigerator hold?? And guess what? None of those containers actually has cool whip in it!  So yeah, it’s time to clean out the fridge. Especially since it’ll be full of turkey after today.

Here is our menu plan for the week:

Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Glazed Carrots

Leftover turkey, etc.

Dinner out with friends

Wednesday (NYE):
Mexican night: Burritos and nachos

Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
Tomato Soup

Chicken Parmesan
Steamed Broccoli

Cheddar Ham & Potato Soup

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Menu Plan Monday for 11/24

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The week of Thanksgiving is always a difficult week to plan for me. People are coming and going, plus there’s a giant meal to prepare for on Thanksgiving. Oh, and my birthday falls somewhere during the week too. It can be a hectic week that is 100% revolved around food. But this year I have a plan. Sort of.

Pork Tenderloin with Maple Apple Glaze
White Rice
Steamed Carrots

Happy birthday to me! Dinner out with family.

Picking up the college freshman at school. Dinner on the road.

Ham Steak
Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli

Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

Leftovers from Thanksgiving

Chinese food.

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