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Fresh Corn and Black Bean Chili

Fall weather is rolling in to NYC. I’m not gonna lie, I am a bit nervous about these cool temperatures greeting us so early! At this time of year in Atlanta, shorts and tank tops totally suffice. Here, scarves and cute fall jackets have started gracing us with their presences. I’m not complaining! Fall is my favorite time of year…I love the cool air and amazing evening walks by the water (its Winter that I am a bit worried about)!! But, in honor of Fall, I decided to end by apparent recipe blogging hiatus with a wonderful Fall chili!

This dish is perfect for a football party, a quick family dinner, or a make ahead, grab and go lunch. I made this chili for some friends last Fall and literally had people asking me to make it in very large batches to deliver to their homes! I hope you like it :)

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Chili
Serves 8

1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
diced fresh jalapeno to taste
1 lb ground turkey breast (optional)-if you omit add 2 extra cans of black beans
1 t salt
2 t chipotle powder
2 t chili powder
2 t cumin powder
1 t ground coriander
1 1/2 T brown sugar
2 cans black beans
4 ears of corn (cut off the cob)
1 large can diced tomatoes
2 cans chicken stock

In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onions, peppers and jalapeño for about 5 minutes. Now, add the ground turkey, salt, chipotle powder, cumin, chili powder, coriander and brown sugar. Cook until the turkey is cooked through…use a large spoon to crumble the turkey as it cooks. Now, add the black beans and fresh corn. Stir well and cook for about 3 minutes. Last, add the tomatoes and chicken stock and cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce and let simmer for about 15 minutes.

This chili is wonderful topped with fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream. It stores well in the fridge!

Mediterranean Lentil Soup

This soup is great any time of year. The hearty lentils help it to feel warm and comforting in the fall and winter…the beautiful orange color and light flavors make it a lovely spring and summer dish. There is no need for meat- no need for sides- this soup provides all of the protein, veggies and carbs you will need to fuel your body- in a very tasty way!

Mediterranean Lentil Soup
4 servings

onion 1 C, chopped
carrot 1/2 C, chopped
celery 1/2 C, chopped
garlic 3 cloves, minced
ginger 1 inch, minced
1 T tomato paste
1 t salt
1 t curry
1/2 t tumeric
1/2 t cumin
1 C red lentils
2 C water
1 C chicken stock
In a large pot over medium heat, combine the onion, celery and onion and sauté for five minutes. Now, add the garlic and ginger and cook for another 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomato paste, salt, curry, turmeric and cumin.

Add the lentils, water and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.

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