Due to the end of a school schedule trimester and President’s Day, my kids were off school Fri and Mon, making a long weekend with some family time. We did laundry (woohoo!), worked out, went to parties, cooked, etc.
Today Alice and I made chili together. We made some changes to this recipe. Here’s what we did:
Turkey & Bean Chili
Chop: One onion, one green pepper, 8 cloves of garlic and a jalapeno pepper.
Saute: veggies in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium/low heat for about 5 minutes
Brown: a pound of lean ground turkey in the veggie mix.
Stir in: 3 Tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp turmeric, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp oregano, 3 Tbsp tomato paste.
Cook: for one minute, stirring constantly.
Pour: 1.25 Cups red wine
Mix in: 1 large can crushed tomatoes, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can great northern beans (beans drained and rinsed)
Add: 2 bay leaves.
Give everything one last stir, bring to a simmer and then cover and cook for 20 mins.
Alice took the seeds from the green pepper and planted them in a pot in our front yard. We’ll see what happens with those.
I also made the easiest Indian food ever by using canned veggies.
Easy Aloo Saag (spinach & potato curry)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 onion(s), sliced very thinly
2 cloves garlic, crushed/minced
1 can diced potato
1 can chopped spinach
1 can garbanzo beans / chick peas
1 teaspoon ground turmeric, curry
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder (or more if you like it hot!)
1/3 C broth
1/3 C coconut milkhttp://runningbetty.com/wp-admin/post-new.php
Put the spinach in a colander to drain. Squeeze out any liquid.
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. When the oil is hot, throw in the mustard seeds
When they begin to pop (only takes a few seconds) add the onions and garlic, and saute for a couple of minutes until softened (not browned).
Add the spinach, potatoes, chick peas and spices and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
Add broth and coconut milk. Simmer on med-low 8 mins.
Enjoy with basmati rice or naan. Serves 4.
I woke up this morning at 8:46 and figured if I rushed I could make it to 9am BodyJam class. I did an hour of BodyJam, which is like a jazz dance class, and then 30 mins of core and stretching. I started driving home but didn’t feel quite done, so I stopped at the park to run a mile loop. Just as I finished and got to my car, I saw Brian in the difference. I did a fartlek to my husband, who said he also didn’t feel quite done so he walked around the park. We decided to just sit by the lake a bit in the 70 degree awesome weather and hang out. Then we came home and tackled our work day from our laptops.
Friday was the deadline for the Ragnar Relay 2011 Miami to Key West video contest. I could have spent another 3 days on ours if I had nothing else to do, and nothing else for our intern to do… but alas entering video contests is not the best way for us to spend our time. Here is the resulting silliness.
Lindsay, you were missed on Sat night when we went out for Daphne’s b-day. Much of the Ragnar gang was there, and 2 of them are planning weddings. I tried beer (again) and hated it (still) even though the place had fun flavors. I ended up with a flight of granny smith flavored cider.
We put a streak in Wendy’s hair. She had a dance party Sat night and Sun night, so we played with makeup too. (See her silly tweenage pic at right…) We made a fudgey cake from a box. We watched The Social Network. Alice bought a new book by the lady who wrote Pretty Little Liars. There’s a lot of PLL excitement in this house. The kids either watch that or My Name Is Earl. And I went to the dentist.
That’s the scoop over here! I hope you had some fun times this weekend.
Does anyone know how Les Mills Bodyjam compares to Dance Trance?