Simple. Classic. Chili

I’ve made a number of veggie chilis before, which are delicious and a bit on the healthier side.

But when it comes to the chili you are going to eat while watching the big game, it’s gotta be beef and beans. Nothing fancy. Nothing frilly.

This chili recipe is actually brought to you by my wonderful husband, who is now the chili master in our kitchen.

You will need:

  • 1 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 8oz can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8oz can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • vegetable oil

Drizzle some veggie oil in the bottom of a sturdy pot and toss in your onion. Let them cook until just translucent.


Then add in your ground beef and season with salt and pepper.


And cook until browned.


Then add in your tomato sauce and the chili powder, to your taste preference.


And your beans.


Lower the heat to medium-low and let this bubble way for as long as you please, stirring occasionally.


Dish up in a bowl and top with cheese or whatever fixin’s you prefer.


Jalapeno Poppers



The holidays can be hectic. So many people to see, so many presents to wrap, so many places to go.

But once the holidays are over, there comes that wonderful time when it’s too cold to go out and, besides, why go out when the game’s on?

When it’s football Sunday, you need something cheesy, warm and a little spicy to munch on while your team charges to the end zone.

Jalapeno poppers are a bar food favorite. The breaded and fried crust, the spicy pepper, the cool and creamy cream cheese. It’s the layers and the different notes that make poppers so craveable. Plus, they accompany a beer nicely.

Frying is messy. And it’s not the healthiest preparation. So, we’re going to simplify and healthify these poppers by baking them.

For this dish you will need:

  • Jalapenos, halved and seeded
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese at room temp.
  • A cup of mexican cheese

Start by preheating the oven to 350 and covering a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Half and seed your jalapenos. 


In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and the cheese.


Take your mixture


And, with a tablespoon, fill each jalapeno half


Until they are all filled and lined up on your cookie sheet.


Bake for about 20 minutes.


And there you have a somewhat healthier version of your favorite bar snack for your game day.