Rainy Day Food Ideas

Would it be an oxymoron to say healthy comfort foods? Ok then, I’ll say better for you comfort food. Either way, these rainy day ideas won’t ruin your day, or waistline! I’ll add on to this post as new recipes are tried in our kitchen. These are my top go to ones!

Eggplant Parmesan II  Get it right the first time, watch the video!

Stacked Red Chile Enchiladas  (Oh goodness how I love spicy food!) 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup

Chili- Perfect Dish for a cold evening. I love my chili topped with a dollop of sour cream and cheese. Want to make a bowl tonight? Try this recipe-Chili-flickr-jakeprzespo



1/3 cup corn oil
6 pounds beef chuck, in 1/2-inch cubes
1/3 cup minced onion
1/3 cup minced garlic
3 cups beef broth
3 cups flat beer
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup high-quality chili powder, to taste
6 pounds canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
3 tablespoons cumin seed
salt, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
masa harina or cornmeal, if needed



In a large heavy skillet over moderately high heat, warm 3 tablespoons of the oil. Brown beef in batches, adding more oil as necessary and transferring meat with a slotted spoon to a large stockpot when well browned. Do not crowd skillet.

Reduce heat to moderately low. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened (about 10 minutes). Add to stockpot along with broth, beer, the water, chili powder, tomato, tomato paste, and oregano.

In a small skillet over low heat, toast cumin seed until fragrant; do not allow to burn. Grind in an electric minichopper or with a mortar and pestle. Add to stockpot.

Over high heat bring mixture to a simmer. Add salt, cayenne, and more chili powder to taste. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, partially covered, until beef is tender (about 1-1/2 hours). Check occasionally and add more broth if mixture seems dry. If chili is too thin when meat is tender, stir in up to 2 tablespoons masa harina. Cook an additional 5 minutes to thicken.




635 calories, 43 grams fat, 18 grams carbohydrates, 42 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.Show full nutritional data (including Weight Watcher’s Points ®, cholesterol, sodium, vitamins, and diabetic exchanges)

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