So, maybe you remember the brief meal plan that I posted on Tuesday night that was to carry me through to Friday evening? I actually did pretty well this go around. Wednesday and Thursday went as expected – and then Friday hit.
My morning was different than usual, in that Dan needed the car to go to Indiana at 5 am, so I needed to catch the 8:35 bus off Bardstown Road. I slept in a little bit too long and then discovered we were out of coffee, and all the sudden a stop at the local coffee shop was absolutely essential. So, that blew the peanut butter toast plan. I did take the cheesy grits and veggie sausages to work with me for lunch, but a quick glance at my planner proved that I had a previously planned lunch date with a friend. Lucky me! Then I missed my proper bus home and ended up walking a mile to catch the next best bus to go home. Basically, my cheesy grits and veggie sausages had quite the Friday adventure with me.
I was able to redeem myself by sticking to this lovely little recipe in the evening. It is one of Dan’s favorites and a creation totally of my own making with a mere 8 ingredients.
Well, there are two ‘optional’ seasonings, so 10 ingredients – tops!
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Red Pepper
- dash of cinnamon
- pasta (as much as you need)
- salt & olive oil
All you need to do is chop up the onion and throw it in the pot with some olive oil. Let that soften up a bit while you start the pasta water. Now add the spices in with the onions and let them sink in a bit, finally add the drained beans and the tomatoes (with the tomato juice).
By now the pasta water should be boiling, add a little salt to the water and then add your pasta. When the pasta is just soft enough drain out the water. The chili should be thickening and ready to eat. Put a good amount of pasta in the bottom of your bowl, cover with the chili and enjoy!
The optional ingredients are liquid smoke and hot sauce. The first gives it a nice smokey flavor and the second adds just a touch more heat. I only add a wee bit of each (literally about a drop of the liquid smoke is all you need) but then I serve Dan his chili and hand him the bottle of hot sauce so he can go to town.
What is great about this meal is that it is so EASY. And it’s what I consider a pantry dish, since all these ingredients are things that we keep around.
I will add that I used whole stewed tomatoes this time and Dan strongly recommends that we use the diced tomatoes next time. He felt that the tomato chunks were far too big.
All in all, I did what I planned for 7 out of the 9 meals.
That’s a 78% success rate!