Punxsutawney Phil Saw His Shadow and Peyton Manning is Going to Win Another Super Bowl Ring

Predictions, predictions.

Today is all about predictions. (Tomorrow is all about my vacation…be patient my young ones.)

So the groundhog saw his shadow. That bastard. I mean…I’d much rather have spring come early than 6 MORE weeks of winter. *durp* (Just because I recently returned from Florida doesn’t mean anything. It’s still cold and snowy!)

Anyways, mostly, I’m here to gush about my football sweetheart…Peyton Manning.

I’ve never been a Denver fan, and I was only an Indy fan for Peyton, so when the Colts dropped my love like a bad habit, I switched loyalties PRE-TTY fast. That being said, I think it’s important that Peyton win this one. If only to shove it in Indy’s face. Hard. (Football makes me violent. I come from a sports-obsessed family.<—loved writing that post.)

I’ll be enjoying the game with several of my cousins, drinking beer and winning a chili cook-off (prediction number 3). The only problem with Super Bowl is I actually like the commercials AND the game. So the only time I have to pee is during half-time. Such is life, eh friends?

Welp! Time to go buy shit to make my soon-to-be award-winning chili. Crap, that means I have to put pants on, don’t I?

Turkey Chili

Simmering joyful goodness

What are you doing for Super Bowl? Or do you care more about Punxsutawney Phil? Or are you just rebelling from pop culture completely and doing your own thing?

 

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Tasty Tuesday: October is National Pasta Month!

So I’ve been cooking up a storm lately, and I thought it was high time I share some more delicious recipes with you! In fact, I’ll bet you didn’t even know that October is National Pasta Month. Lucky for you, there’s me. And lucky for me, the fine people at The Pasta Shoppe were kind enough to send me some amazing pasta samples to try out. So that YOU can see some really delish ideas from my culinary mind, and then go to your kitchen and make them too.

Now, as you may know, I work a full time job in the city and live in suburbia, which means about 2+ hours of commute time when I add the morning and the evening together. So Brian and I don’t get home until almost 7. At which point, I’m RAVENOUS. And if you remember from the rules of owning a Chrissy, feeding me regularly is more than a necessity. It’s survivalism. So I need to make dinners quickly. The pasta that I received is fast. Easy. AND TASTY.

Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

Basil Chicken Nests with Marinara Sauce and Cheese

  • 6 pasta nests
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 6 small slices of cheese
  • Fresh basil chiffonade

Last week, I used the Pasta Shoppe Basil & Garlic Pasta Nests, which cooked rapidly on my stovetop while I pan-fried a sliced chicken breast. I sprayed my toaster oven size baking pan with PAM, delicately placed the nests, filled them with the sliced chicken, and topped them with my homemade sauce (which I made over the weekend) and Thai basil Jack cheese.

Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

I baked them in the toaster oven for about 15 minutes, and was left with a deliciously tasty meal for two. Then I garnished mine with a basil chiffonade (Brian hates added herbs) and voila! Brian was thoroughly impressed. (He’s always impressed when I actually put sauce on pasta, instead of just olive oil and cheese…which tends to be my MO.)

Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nestsBasil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

In addition to the fancy-pants pasta nests, I also received a slew of other goodies, most notably Snowman Pasta, Halloween Pasta and Under the Sea Mac and Cheese. Yes, my friends. DOLPHINS. AND CHEESE. IN ONE MEAL. (No dolphins were hurt in the making of this pasta.)

Dolphins and Cheese!

Halloween PastaHalloweenie Chili Mac

  • 2 cups Halloween pasta
  • 2 cups chili
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • Nacho jalapenos

I was planning on making the Halloween pasta for our little Halloween party, but I quickly realized that with the number of people we’d be having, it probably wouldn’t have been enough. So instead, last night, I used leftover chili to make some chili mac. I love to make chili in the fall, even when death bugs are trying to poison it…Of course, every time I make chili, it’s totally different, but you can find one of my recipes here: Turkey Chili.

Halloween PastaThis time I used less veggies and real ground beef, so it was the perfect chili mac chili. I cooked the pasta (only 6 minutes!), reheated the chili and then layered a bowl with pasta, chili, jalapenos and cheese. I microwaved the bowls for about a minute each until the cheese was melty and then we dined. It was. AMAZING. I didn’t even know how much I loved chili mac until last night. Plus, spiderwebs, ghosts and pumpkins just sort of made this super fantastic.

Halloween Chili MacPasta from the Pasta ShoppeSo you want to know more about The Pasta Shoppe? They make small batch pastas with fun shapes and delicious flavors. Some come with added seasoning for pasta salad, mac and cheese, chicken noodle soup and so much more. When I checked out their websites, I was totally impressed. And SUPER excited.

In addition to being awesome, they run the Fun Pasta Fundraising company, so you or your kiddos can raise money by, wait for it, selling pasta! But not just any pasta…the delicious, fun-shaped, small-batch pasta from The Pasta Shoppe.

I’m saving the mac and cheese for a special occasion, but I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out!

Want to create your own delicious pasta recipes with fun pasta? You can win a $30 prize package from The Pasta Shoppe! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below.  Make sure to leave a comment telling me which pasta you would most like to try and what you would do with it? The recipe that sounds the tastiest may just be featured on another Tasty Tuesday!

 

Good luck! The giveaway will run for one week!

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Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Turkey Chili

If you remember the story of Death Bug, you’ll remember how I almost died…and how Death Bug tried to poison my homemade chili. I take a lot of pride in my homemade chili, so I thought that I would share with you my secret recipe to greatness.

Brian loves it when I make “comfort foods.” He prefers roasts and stews and chilies to anything fancy and delicious that I can make. Sometimes, when I’m feeling super nice, I will make them for him. This week, I made my chili again. Thankfully, there were no Death Bugs hanging around post-frost to try and poison us.

My mom taught me how to make chili, and if I didn’t tell you this, she might get upset. My culinary talents come from both of my parents, and the amazing chefs that I’ve had the opportunities to work with. This one’s a Mom creation that I’ve made my own.

As you may remember, I am doing the Weight Watchers thing, chili is an excellent way to get in your daily dose of fiber (both soluble and insoluble) crazy amounts of veggies, based on preferences, and oodles of protein. This recipe is just 5 points per 1 cup. Although I usually add 1-3 points worth of cheese…and then another 3-5 points worth of tortilla chips to use in place of a spoon…but I digress.

Weight Watchers 5 Points Plus Turkey Chili

Simmering joyful goodness

Weight Watchers 5 Points Plus Turkey Chili

(I use Trader Joe’s for almost everything, but it’s super easy to sub these out for your own favorite or generic brand…it also usually depends on what is in my cabinets at the time)
 

The Ingredients

  • 1 can of Trader Joe’s Turkey Chili with Beans
  • 1 can of Trader Joe’s Black Beans
  • 1 can Bush’s Best Mild Chili Beans
  • 1 can of Sweet Corn (low sodium)
  • 1 can of Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 lb Empire Kosher Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced jalapenos
  • 1 cup sliced or diced zucchini
  • 1 red onion
  • Smoked Paprika to taste
  • Ground Cumin to taste
  • Onion Powder to taste
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste (I use a 3-pepper grinder and white pepper powder)
  • Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce to taste

The Steps

  1. Brown turkey with the spices, salt, and pepper. I use the same pot that I’m going to cook the chili in to save dishes.
  2. Once the turkey is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cover and simmer on LOW heat for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots are soft.
  5. Serve with chopped raw onions, shredded cheese (I’ve used smoked gouda and Kerry Gold Dubliner-both are delicious), and Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt tortilla chips.

1 serving = 1 cup = 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus

Make it Vegetarian Chili for Lower Points Plus

  • Substitute an extra can of mild chili beans for the turkey chili with beans
  • Substitute 2 cups of sliced baby bella mushrooms for the ground turkey

Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite comfort food recipes, friends?

 

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