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Souper Friday–Vegetarian Chili with Jalapeno Basil Cornbread

I got a kick out of the comments yesterday about who does and doesn’t like hot sauces.  I think I got my love of hot stuff from my grandpa.  He died when I was 11, but I have memories of him adding hot sauce and pepper vinegar on a lot of his food.  Pepper vinegar is something to behold – and while my Aunt is a close second, my grandpa made the best North Carolina bbq – lots of crushed red pepper and vinegar, served on a soft white bun and cole slaw.  Literally my mouth just watered thinking about it!   I love this picture of my grandparents!


So with the leftovers of our filet mignon from dinner the night before last, it was only appropriate to make a filet mignon breakfast panini, right? Open-mouthed smile  My artisan bread, 1 egg scrambled, fresh mozzarella cheese and 1.5 ounces of thinly sliced steak.  Holy shizz peeps, this was amazeballs.

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Since it is Lent, I decided to come up with a meatless meal.  First up is jalapeno basil cornbread – I took my inspiration from this recipe.

Jalapeno Basil Cornbread

  • made 12 generous servings
  • 195 calories, 4 fat, 195 sodium, 32 carbs, 1.8 fiber and 4.8 protein


  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 2 cups yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Land O Lakes butter spread (or butter)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can white corn (about 1 cup drained)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper

Put a cast iron skillet in your oven and heat to 400 – I put about 1 teaspoon of olive oil in the pan.  This is super simple – throw everything in a food processor and pulse until combined.  Pour the batter in the hot cast iron skillet and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Mine took exactly 35 minutes.

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You can see how the crust is perfect since it started cooking the second it hit the hot pan.  I set all the food out and then went to the gym to work out – I ended up swimming for 30 minutes – I really pushed myself and pretended I was in the Olympics – ha!

When I got back to work, my one boss said “I love that corn bread, I ate three pieces!”  Yikes, I didn’t have the heart to tell her she ate 600 calories in bread!

The inspiration for the vegetarian chili came from this recipe

Vegetarian Chili

  • made 8, 1.5 cups servings
  • 260 calories, 2 fat, 53 carbs, 12.5 fiber and 11 protein – this sodium is high on this one – 1366 mg per serving – wowza!


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound of carrots
  • 1/4 pound of celery
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1, 28 oz. can tomato puree
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 1 can white corn, drained
  • 2 cups cooked white rice

Heat the oil in a large stock pot.  Put the carrots, celery, peppers and jalapeno pepper in a food processor and puree.  Add to the heated oil and add in seasonings and cook, while stirring, for 5 minutes.  Add in the tomato puree, vegetable stock, water, canned beans and corn, turn heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Since there is no meat to thicken this chili up, I heated this up in my crock pot at work, and 30 minutes before serving, I added the white rice.  My garnishes were chopped cilantro and Mexican cheese.

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I thought it could have used a bit more spice, my jalapenos lately haven’t been hot at all.  So of course, I added Buffalo Tabasco to mine to kick it up a notch. Open-mouthed smile

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Tony requested fish tacos for dinner.  But he said he wanted a tangy slaw to go with it – something with a vinegary kick.  You just have to whisper vinegar and I am in!  The beer batter was simple – 1/2 cup flour, 2 tablespoons corn starch, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and salt and pepper.

Tony ended up tweaking the slaw dressing – not sure exactly what’s in it other than rice vinegar, soy sauce, a pinch of brown sugar and garlic.  The slaw was simply shredded red cabbage and carrots.

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We used frozen mahi mahi for the fish again – next week I think we are going to try orange roughy, because I think that’s another mild white fish.  I, naturally, needed sriracha on mine!
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Tony and I are headed out to the grocery store in a bit – I am still meal planning, but flank steak is on sale so I think something with that will be on the menu next week.  Then lunch at the Village Tavern, home of amazing nachos and chicken fingers!

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I know you guys are going to think we are crazy, but we are actually going there for the onion rings! Open-mouthed smile

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We are having my SIL over Sunday night for dinner – chicken vesuvio is on the menu.  Other than that, I need more dinner ideas – what are you making this week?

Hope you all have a great weekend – see you Monday!

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  • Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds
    February 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Have a great weekend, Biz! My husband’s been asking for me to make fish tacos. I never thought to do a vinegar slaw before! Sounds amazing!

    We are the same way with spicy foods. Flavorful spice please! Super fiery heat just for the sake of heat is not enjoyable!!!

    • biz319
      February 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Let me know if you make the tacos – they were delicious! 😀

  • Louise
    February 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Made beef stew last night….very simple recipe but added some hot sauce…..have to say that was a delicious pot of stew. So I had some stew for lunch today and tonight is oven fried chicken and roasted vegies. Tomorrow…….have not decided as yet…..maybe left-overs and pop-corn for the evening. Still too many dishes in the sink to think about a big meal on Sunday….lol!

    • biz319
      February 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      See, a little hot sauce goes a long way in flavoring a dish! 😀

  • Jacky
    February 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Love that photo! Great looking food all around, might have to get chili on the menu this week!

  • sara
    February 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    That breakfast panini sounds incredible!! Wowsers. 🙂 (Loving the fish tacos too!)

  • teresa
    February 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    i just read your hot sauce post and got a total kick out of it. i have three different hot sauces. asian, mexican adn Franks, and they all have their place. my husband didn’t believe me until he put an american hot sauce on his tacos. it’s amazing how sauces with such similar ingredients can taste so different!

    i’m seriously craving onion rings now! have a great weekend!

  • eliotthecat
    February 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I love the pic of your grandparents and I am IN LOVE with all of these recipes. I bet the basil really added nicely into the cornbread. That is a genius idea!

    Those nachos?!?!?!?! OMG

    • biz319
      February 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Yeah, their nachos are to die for, but you really can’t eat anything else when those hit the table. We split a small order of onion rings and I got their buffalo chicken fingers – devine!

  • Erica
    February 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    That cornbread sounds fantastic! Putting it on my to make list! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Get out there and workout girlfriend! I’m your fitness reminder 😉

    • biz319
      February 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      I’ll work out – thanks for being my fitness buddy Erica!

  • mary wise
    February 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    yummo! that cornbread looks amazing! definitely trying that this weekend!

  • Mary
    February 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Good looking grandparents there, Biz! I love old pictures like that!
    I love, love pepper vinegar! Do you and Tony have a Steak n Shake near your home? I love how they have the pepper vinegar on every table. For me it’s like the Frank’s hot sauce-I put that shit on everything when I’m dining there!

    The cornbread you made looks awesome! I would like to use that recipe and maybe make some muffins with it. I’ve got vegetable soup planned for this week and that would be a perfect addition!

    Can’t wait to hear how the chicken turns out. I’m planning on making my spicy chicken diablo this week, but besides that and the soup I’m still stumped here too!

    Have a great weekend!

    • biz319
      February 24, 2013 at 8:47 am

      I’ve been to Steak n Shake, but I’ve never noticed the pepper vinegar before – what??!! I wonder if they sell it?

      Chicken diablo sounds amazeballs!

  • Mary
    February 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I know they sell different types of pepper vinegar on Amazon, but not sure about the actual Steak n Shake variety. My friend also said she buys hers in the pickle/olive aisle at the grocery store!

  • Rhonda
    February 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I have never heard of pepper vinegar, but I LOVE vinegar so I am intrigued! I also love the picture of your Grandparents.

  • A Life From Scratch
    February 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    So much to comment on!

    First of all, I love that your grandpa put hot sauce on everything – that’s amazing! My grandpa was OBSESSED with pretzels and every night when I snack on them I think of him. My oldest son also loves them, so, the tradtiion goes on!

    Second, those nachos? I die.

    Third, let me know how the chicken vesuvio goes! I have a quick cooking skillet version that I am in love with if you ever want to try it out:

  • weightwatchingfoodie
    February 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    That chili looks awesome..I must make some more before it get too warm here.

  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    February 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Looks like a great chili and the cornbread is killer! But those nachos-man those would kill you!

  • Erin
    February 25, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I don’t know what is going on with me, but I have been CRAVING vinegar lately. I’ve eaten almost an entire jar of bread and butter pickles in 3 days, and I made a vinegar slaw over the weekend with so much ACV it was ridiculous. Oh, and I ate the entire batch in 3 sittings. The bf doesn’t “do” fish tacos, but it’s on my menu for Friday – luckily he works so I don’t have to listen to him bitchin’! 🙂

  • Harvey Lee Hinson
    February 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Great pic of your grandparents. I too remember the hot pepper vinegar on the table in a shaker bottle and your granddad putting it on everything. That was a new experience for me but I grew to like it. I especially liked it on all meat dishes, baked game birds (doves and quail), curly kale and eggs.

    • biz319
      February 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Wow – hello Harvey! You must have found my blog when Aunt Martha posted something on Pinterest about finding a recipe of mine on there – thanks for commenting! 😀

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    February 26, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Funny tonight we have entrecote, french fries from the oven (less fat) and onion rings 🙂

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    That cornbread looks so perfectly done. I need to get me a cast iron skillet just to make cornbread – that’s a good enough reason, right?

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