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The beauty of a slow cooker that it makes a lot of food and you can forget about it for several hours while it cooks. Chili is a great comfort food that works for a big party or as meals to freeze and take for lunch. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until the onions start to become translucent. 
  2. Add the ground beef, then the Italian sausage, and cook until meat is brown.
  3. Remove meat and onion from heat and add to slow cooker.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir and add the lid.
  5. Cook on low heat for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

 

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21 Day Cooking Challenge

Day 2 is about making something that seems complicated easy. Stir Fry is pretty versatile because you can make it your own with your family's favorite veggies, meat, or grains. This recipe uses frozen veggies and a pre-made stir-fry sauce to make it as simple as possible, but both of these ingredients give you flexibility to play with different sauces and vegetable combinations.

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup chicken, chopped into cubes
  • 1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables
  • bottle of stir fry sauce
  • brown rice

Directions

  1. Heat skillet or wok with peanut oil.
  2. add garlic, and cook for 15 seconds.
  3. add chicken and cook until no longer pink. remove from pan.
  4. add frozen veggies to wok and cook until no longer frozen.
  5. return chicken to pan and add stir fry sauce to taste, between 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup. Cook sauce until bubbly.
  6. Serve over rice.

 

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 21 Day Cooking Challenge

Day 1 is about being simple and easing yourself into the challenge. The beauty of burritos is you can really put anything in a tortilla and call it a burrito. This recipe has avocado in it, but if you don't have access to year-round avocados , it's easy to substitute with canned tomatoes, salsa, corn -  really whatever is available.

This recipe makes about 8 burritos, depending on how full you stuff the tortillas.

Ingredients 

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup mexican cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 8 large tortillas
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Mix the chicken, cheese, cilantro, and avocados together in a bowl.
  2. Lay the tortilla flat and add the mixture. Roll. Repeat. 
  3. Spray frying pan with cooking spray. Place burritos in pan and brown slightly on either side.
  4. Enjoy with toppings like salsa or sour cream.

 

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