Friday, May 4, 2012

Veggie Box Galore!!

So remember I was talking about my vegetable box from the local garden center. Well Look at my bounty!!!!
1 bunch swiss chard
4 green peppers
1 lb onions
3 cucumbers
1lb yams
3 oranges
1 head iceburg lettuce
2 bunches asparagas
and the only thing not shown was 1/2 gal apple cider.

This sure was a plentiful box.
I made a lot of salad!
Here's one I found simple and delicious.
Cherry heirmloom tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, sprnkle of cheese, and some thousand island dressing...... thats the way I like it.

Yumm!..... Great lunch or dinner starter.

Next I made Chili!!!
I got my ingredients together
1 lb ground beef
2 peppers 1 green, 1 orange
1 onion
a few cloves of garlic
1 28 oz can tomato sauce
1 14 0z can kidney beans drained and rinsed
spices: chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

First I chopped all my veggies.

I added about 2 tblsp of unsalted butter to a heating pot.

Once melted, add the veggies to soften and get tender.

Next I added in the spices.
Now I don't measure I just sprinkle to coat the top of the veggies and I use the spices to flavor every layer of this pot.

Once all the veggies have had time to saute then comes the beef.
Add it in and break it up and add more spice to the top.

cook until there is no more visible pink meat.
Add in drained and rinsed beans
spice: optional

Then the tomatoe sauce.
Def. add more spices and a lil salt and pepper this is the last step.

So I did something different this time around. Since my mom had gotten me this really cool dutch oven I used to make the chili in I thought, Why not bake it?
So I did! I put the pot in the oven for about 2 and 1/2 hours on 300 degrees.
It came out Awesome!!

Add a little sprinkle of cheese and a dollop of sour cream
Just how like it!!

More recipes to come .....Enjoy!!

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