Chili. Not the most creative dish, and almost everybody knows how to make it. There are a gazillion recipes out there, and I’ve tried many of them (the ones without meat, of course). For whatever reason, I’ve never been completely satisfied with any of the chili dishes I’ve made, whether I followed a recipe or made it up myself. I always felt like there was something missing, and I couldn’t describe or figure out what that something was. Also, I always made it too spicy, and as I’ve said many times, I’m a spice wimp. All this changed last night. Finally!
The mushrooms and cauliflower may sound like strange additions but trust me, they work. You can’t really taste them but they add a nice texture and I’m sure contribute to the overall flavor. The real secret in the great flavor, I believe, comes from the baked beans and liquid smoke. The fresh corn is a great addition, especially now when corn is in season. Add more chili powder and maybe some cayenne if you like your chili spicy. Try it and let me know what you think.
I’ve been sitting here racking my brain trying to think of what to write for my first blog post. I mean, let’s face it, bloggers are a dime a dozen these days. Actually, I don’t even want to refer to myself as a blogger. I blog. Occasionally. Posting recipes is the main goal here but I also want to share thoughts, tips, articles, and anything else I think you may find even the slightest bit interesting, as it relates to food and health (I won’t be sharing sad stories of my dog who’s lost her mind, how much I love my kid, my favorite TV shows or my thoughts on politics – no way, definitely not going there!) Some blog posts go on for what seems like days, resembling a journal or diary, with every thought in the author’s head no longer a mystery. I don’t want to replicate that here. I also don’t want to hammer you with posts 8 days a week. I know the marketing gurus would say it’s important to really put yourself out there, but who cares. Less is more, that’s how I see it. Bottom line is this: I love food, and what I know healthy food does for the body (from first-hand experience, as well as what is clearly shown in the scientific literature). Hopefully I can impart some of my passion and knowledge on to you! Following is one of my favorite recipes. Enjoy!
NOTE: Some brands of chipotle in adobo sauce contain a little wheat flour. Make sure to check the label. If you are on a strict gluten-free diet, use chipotle powder or chipotle hot sauce instead to make it officially gluten-free.