I didn’t expect it to be so cold when I left for work. -8 degrees! I don’t know why I thought that just because the calendar says February, our weather would get any better. And now we have more snow on the way – lovely!
I made another batch of Nicole’s Olive Oil (aka crack!) granola over the weekend, not only for me but for the squirrels. I worry about them not finding food in all this snow. They do seem to love it! I had a Chobani, some granola clusters, an ounce of cheese and some grapes. Kind of a picky plate breakfast, but that’s what I was in the mood for.
Work was busy right off the bat – I much prefer to be busy. All of a sudden it was 1:00 and I hadn’t gotten to the gym yet! I had a window to leave and decided to swim to stretch out my legs from being on my feet a lot at work over the weekend.
All was well. There were three kids taking swim lessons on one side of the pool. I was at the opposite end of the pool when I heard a lifeguard whistle and someone saying “ma’am!” Um, first of all, I am too young to be called “ma’am” and I couldn’t think of what I had done wrong to get the whistle! Turns out a little girl pooped in the pool – and I had to get out immediately. So I only got to swim for 25 minutes – oh well, better than nothing! I felt sorry for the little girl – her Mom came down from the observation booth and picked her up and said in a loud voice “that is not okay!” Of course, then she started crying. The trials and tribulations of being three!
So in cleaning out the refrigerator over the weekend, I still had a one pound piece of sirloin tip roast leftover, so I decided to make chili. I googled “leftover beef chili recipes” and found one I liked and printed it out. I put the recipe into the recipe analyzer to get the stats, but for the life of me I can’t find where I got the recipe from. I think I might have written it down at work – I will try to link to it later today. Update: you can check out the inspiration for this chili recipe here!
Leftover Beef Chili
- This made 12 cups of chili – I made it 2 cups per serving, but you could scale it back to one if you wanted – 2 cups: 482 calories, 46 carbs, 14 fat, 40 protein and 10 fiber
- 4 pieces of bacon
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 12 ounce beer
- 1/2 cup prepared bbq sauce (I used the last of our Rudy’s BBQ sauce)
- 1 can chili beans (with sauce)
- 1 can red kidney beans, drained
- 1 can hominy, drained
- 1 pound diced leftover beef roast
- In a stock pot, cook bacon until almost cooked through. Leaving the bacon fat in, add in the garlic and chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in 12 ounces of beer and stir the bottom of the pot to release any bits of stuff there. Add in the crushed tomatoes, bbq sauce, chili beans, kidney beans and hominy. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the leftover beef. The beef is still pretty rare, and since I knew I was going to be heating it up for my lunches this week, didn’t want it to cook too long in the chili.
I would almost call this a soup chili – maybe if I let it cook down some more it would have gotten thicker, but the flavor is amazing – it’s spicy and I love the vinegary kick from the bbq sauce. This made a lot so you may have to get used to this lunch every day this week!
Tony and I had two leftover items from our Super Bowl that we never got around to eating – so this is not a bad dinner for a Monday night! I had already defrosted the crab legs. Heat oven to 400 degrees – bake the crab legs for 10 minutes. The water inside the legs steams the crab to perfection. On the side – Hooter’s Copycat Shrimp. Delish!
Such a treat to have crab legs. I never even tried crab legs until I was well into my 30’s – so much wasted time!
Stats for the Day:
- 1663 calories, 130 carbs, 49 fat, 85 protein and 19 fiber
- 40% of calories from carbs, 33 from fat and 26% from protein
- 25 minute swim
- no T25 (yet!)
Question of the Day: Have you always liked seafood, or not until you were an adult?
Alright, off to get my stuff together – make it a great day!