Wednesday, February 19, 2014

No Meat No Brains Chili

An onomatopoeia is a word that phonetically imitates or suggests the source of the sound it describes. Good examples in English are the words hiccup, zoom, bang, beep, moo and splash. Croak is another good one, as in the frog croaks. The onomatopoeia for the week around these parts is phlegm, by far the best/worst sound-alike word in the English language.

It didn't start off so bad, just a semi-uncomfortable cold that I seemed to shake off with a few days of rest. Then I got back in the saddle, but probably way too soon. The lingering cough has just about made me croak, and not in the frog way. You know your throat is full of yuck when you seriously consider the pros and cons of sticking the vacuum attachment near your tonsils for a moment or two. You know you have a gross cough when you start rating them like an Olympic event and give them scores for artistic impression. It was getting better and then got worse and is now thinking of signing a lease. I want it evicted, but it's not leaving without a fight. 

Needless to say, cooking up new and exciting recipes for the Engine 2 Diet 28-Day Challenge has been just that, a challenge. It was time to revert back to the tried and true recipes - the ones I know backwards and forwards and can make with my eyes closed and one can opener tied behind my back. For us, that is Vegan Crock Pot Chili. 

Start with Fire Roasted Peppers and Onions from Trader Joes.
Dump them in frozen, no need to even chop.
Do remember, it is the Crock Pot you're putting them in.
Add any canned beans you want. I didn't have black or garbanzos, but life went on.
Also, dump in a can of tomatoes, or tomato sauce or if you're desperate a few big squirts of ketchup.
A little can of roasted green chilies is great too.

Add some spices! Cumin, paprika, chili powder, hot sauce.
Whatever will scare away the phlegm frog in your throat.
Don't go crazy, you can add more later.

Turn the Crock Pot on low and go take a nap.
Make sure you plugged in the right machine. :O)
No Brains Chili - it might take half a brain after all.