Tuesday, October 25, 2011

White Bean Chicken Chili

I love those certain recipes where I can just stick something all into my bean pot, pop it in to the oven and forget about it. I especially enjoy the "pop it in the oven and forget it about it" meals on days that all four of my kids are in school (that only happens 2 days a week since my youngest is in part time kindergarten). It gives me the chance to do one of the other millions of things a mom has to keep up with! Or enjoy a quiet cup of tea while thumbing through the new Pottery Barn catalog...who needs clean laundry anyway! 

I decided to dig through the internet and find a healthy white bean chicken chili recipe that I have never tried. In my house, if you announce to the kingdom of picky eaters that you are trying a new recipe its like they all go running from vampires, throw up their fingers in the cross symbol and put on their garlic necklaces in protest of trying something new. No...they do not make my job easy when it comes to trying new things.  

I found this recipe online. I figured it didn't have a bunch of complicated ingredients that might make my family melt if they tried it and minus the cheese & sour cream (for me) it was polite to my waistline!

I made a couple minor tweaks to the recipe by adding in one extra can of white beans and one cup of fire roasted frozen corn from Trader Joes. Everything is hearty and healthy and with a fresh wheat baguette it becomes a meal that will fill up my man!

The most elbow grease that was put into this recipe was browning the meat...

and rinsing the beans!!

Then it all gets poured into my bean pot...

and slow cooked in the oven on 325 for a couple hours! Way too simple!! 

I bet your dying to know the verdict from my family...
Well, my youngest ended up eating a peanut butter and jelly sammy, the older girls had seconds and my husband said "save this recipe!!" 

There was not a drop left at the bottom of my bean pot!!

I cant wait to try more recipes in my new bean pot. I think I am going to try applesauce next. What will my family think if they realize applesauce actually comes from apples and not out of a container that says Motts??? Dun-dun-dun-duuuun!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cooking In My New Bean Pot & A Soy Ginger Chicken Recipe:)

Have you ever heard of a Bean Pot?

I hadn't until I received one from a friend who is a consultant for Celebrating Home. It is like a slow cooker for your oven. Way cool! Not to mention it is really pretty.  The bean pot is hand painted/glazed and made from east Texas clay (woot woot! for USA materials!), it is also dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. Can I get an "amen" up in here for cool cooking tools that I can throw in the dishwasher? We don't need no dishpan hands! My bean pot also keeps all my foods warm or chilled for up to 3-4 hours which is perfect because if I ever have to bring food somewhere crockpot style and there is no plug then my bean pot will save the day.

I found this great slow cooking recipe on http://www.marthastewart.com for soy ginger chicken and I am going to share my first experience cooking in my pretty bean pot.

^^^ Isn't she pretty?

I gathered up all of my ingredients and mixed them straight into the pot to make this delicious smelling mixture for my chicken to bake in...

I popped in the chicken, put the lid on the pot and baked it at 325 for a little over an hour.
In the meantime I prepared the sides, asian salad and white rice.

My family chowed down on this! There wasn't even a piece of rice left over!

After dinner I was going to put my pot in the dishwasher but to my surprise while I rinsed it out everything came right off! The glazed surface kept everything from being a baked on mess. I could get used to that...I hate scrubbing stuff!

I was really impressed by my bean pot and because I have retired my BBQ for the wet cold months upon us I have been inspired to bring out my cozy slow cooking recipes to try in my bean pot. I have also been inspired to scrounge around Pinterest for some new recipes! Hmmm, so what am I cooking in my bean pot tomorrow??

White bean chicken chili. YUM.

Cheers to a cozy fall!

What are you cooking??