Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What's for Dinner?

I have finally gotten back into the kitchen this week after being sick and lethargic. My mom brought chicken and dumplings last week but other than that we ate a lot of fast food and frozen pizza. Yuck.
Last night I made chicken fried steak and twice baked potatoes (yeah, I know, not that healthy) but tonight I'm really looking forward to making this family favorite:
Italian Three-bean Chili

1 medium red onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15- to 16-ounce can great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen green soybeans
1 4-1/2-ounce can diced green chile peppers
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
Hot cooked rice, pasta, or couscous
Shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)

1. In a large saucepan cook and stir onion and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender. Add tomato sauce, black beans, great Northern beans, diced tomatoes, soybeans, chile peppers, water, and vinegar. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in olives and cilantro. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls over rice, pasta, or couscous; top with mozzarella cheese, if desired. Makes 6 servings.
(from Better Homes and Gardens.)