Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Falling for Fall

Mindy here. I don't know about you, but the cooler weather always stirs my passion for cooking. There's nothing like a piping hot meal on a cool night. But just because the weather turns doesn't mean I have any more time than before. I still need quick and easy to keep up with my family's hectic lifestyle.

Here's one of my favorite cold weather recipes. And while it would be good anytime of year, it's just not quite the same on a scalding July day :-)

White Bean Chili

3 - 15 oz cans navy beans, drained
3 - 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
5 cups chopped cooked chicken (This is a great use for leftover chicken or you can pick up one of those rotisserie chickens at the grocery store and cut it up. Canned chicken can also be used, but the texture will be different)
1 - 7 oz can chopped green chilies (they're not hot, so don't be frightened by the name)
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine beans, broth, and next six ingredients in large sauce pan or dutch oven. Stir well. Add chicken, chilies, water, and salt. Bring to a boil; cover; reduce heat and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

This is a hearty meal, yet one that won't harm your waistline. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread.

Do you have recipes you favor during the winter months? Share your faves.


  1. Yum!! My sister loves this and keeps telling me to make it. Thanks for reminding me, Mindy! (also my sister's name). :)

    I'm also a chili maker once we get a cold spell. There are just certain foods I don't want in the summer.

  2. sounds good I love chili and make it a lot when it is cold also I can veg. soup in the summer and we had that last night. So good.


  3. You can your own soup, Edna? What a woman. Sounds yummy, too.

    Missy, stock up girl, and try that recipe. Us Mindys know what's good:-)

  4. I just remember this boss I used to have. He ate soup for lunch EVERY single day. January or July. He'd work in the warehouse in the summer, come in sweating, and then heat up his soup. I asked him once, "How can you eat soup when it's so hot outside?" His response? "It's never too hot for soup."


  5. Cool weather inspires my creative writing genes. The problem is, and as always, finding the time. No desire to cook in are in any bones in this body, just the desire to eat good cooking! Can I come over?

  6. Sounds good Mindy. I like the idea of using the rotisserie chicken from the store - saves on cooking time.