Friday, September 16, 2011

Slow Food Challenge

Slow Food USA is challenging everyone to participate in the $5 Slow Food Day on September 17. The idea is that delicious, healthy food can be made for the same price of a fast food meal.

We happen to eat like this most nights. In fact, one of the first meals I ever ate with my husband could qualify for the slow food challenge. One night, he served me his famous turkey chili. It was like a love potion: so hearty and so healthy. It's also easy to make, so let me see if I can describe it.

Tomatoes, by Pragya Kothari

Gather a bag of beans (white, mixed, etc. it doesn't matter, although if you use kidney beans, make sure you boil them first, because they have a toxin that won't disappear in the slow cooker), a can of tomatoes, some ground turkey meat (or not if you're going for veggie bliss), chopped bell pepper, and chopped onion. Maybe add some garlic and some good red chili powder for some extra flavor.

Dump the ingredients into a slow cooker, and add about 4 cups of stock. (You're making your own and freezing it, right? It's so easy and so good.) Let everything cook on low for at least 5 hours. The longer you wait, the better it tastes.

Serve over rice, or with corn bread. Yum! A perfect summer-to-fall transition meal that's cheap and creates enough leftovers to last a week.

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