Everyone who knows me knows that I am a chili lover because I do love it! Every version of it pleases me: chicken with white beans, beef and black beans, even vegetarian chili. Although we're not vegetarian in our house I always try to have a meal a week made up just out of veggies. As for the kids they eat veggies everyday and 3 pieces of fruit too, at least! They love it and with baby carrots and cherry tomatoes going all year round it's easy to get them in their lunchboxes for school!
Back to the chili!
I got this frozen meal from Grainful to show you. Isn't it pretty? It's lovely and delicious too just with the right amount of spiciness. In every bite you get the taste of smoky chipotle peppers, bold chili spices, vegetables, quinoa, three types of beans, sharp cheddar cheese and 100% whole grain steel cut oats. The cheese on top is amazing and it makes the chili creamy and gooey, just like I like it!
You'll find the following ingredients on the chili: water, tomatoes, black beans, tomato paste, pinto beans, kidney beans, cheddar cheese (pasteurized cow's milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes), Organic corn, 100% whole grain steel cut oats, onions, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, quinoa, olive oil, chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce (chipotle peppers, water, vinegar, sugar, salt, tomato paste, smoke essence, onion, garlic), minced onions, spices ([chili powder (chili powder, paprika, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt], smoked paprika, cumin, granulated garlic), salt. It contains milk.
I decided, once again, to use the chili and incorporate it into a recipe but you can eat it right from the tray where it comes in, after heating it in the microwave for 4 minutes. It's just a matter of having the time, will power and ingredients to work with!
I used two zucchinis and after washing them cut them in half lengthwise. I scooped the pulp of the zucchinis and reserved them to make some soup for dinner. Otherwise I could have diced the pulp and added it into the chili, it would be delicious too!
After doing this I heated the chili and filled the zucchinis with it right up to the top. Be careful not to overfill it so it wont come over the edges, which could get the filling a little burnt. I placed the stuffed zucchinis in a pre-heated oven at 400 F for about 15 minutes. It's just the right amount of time so the zucchinis get a little cooked but they still come out with a bite to it!
Take the zucchinis out of the oven and served with a side salad and corn chips to dip in!
With fresh lemon water this was the perfect lunch for a hot Summer day!
The final touch was a good handful of crumbled Feta cheese! Can't go wrong with a little bit of extra cheese, can you??
So, next time you're in a mood for chili just remember to look for it in the frozen food aisle of your local grocery store and look for Grainful meals! You won't be sorry and you'll be coming back for more, that's a fact! The fact that it only takes 4 minutes to get a fully satisfying meal like that on the plate? Pure bliss!