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Mmm, Spicy Chili!



  • 2lbs. Ground Beef
  • 3 cans Rotel
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cans low sodium red kidney beans
  • 2 cans low sodium white kidney beans
  • 1 can low sodium pinto beans
  • 1 can low sodium garbanzo beans
  • 2 cans light beer
  • 1 can beef broth
  • Garlic (fresh or Garlic Powder (I used refrigerated garlic from a jar)
  • Chili Powder(s) (I used regular from the store and Piri Piri from Cruelie)
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Cajun Seasoning (basically more chili powder)
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Hot Sauce (I used my own Fire In Your Hole (Mango Habanero) and Tortuga Hellfire)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Fritos
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream

Chili Ramblings:

You really can’t fuck up chili.  You just throw shit in a crock pot and leave it for a while, and it’s magically delicious in a few hours.  However, quality ingredients and a few tips I’ve learned over the years will certainly benefit any chili chef.  This recipe probably can’t be replicated, since you won’t be able to access the same ingredients (Cruelie’s Piri Piri chili powder, Tortuga Hellfire sauce, or my own Fire in Your Hole sauce (I don’t think I had a recipe… If I did, I can’t find it…))

So, some tips before I get into how I made this:

  1. Beer.  Always put beer in the crock pot.  Doesn’t matter what kind, just dump some in.
  2. Sugar.  It makes the ingredients blend together.  I always throw in a pinch or two.
  3. Cinnamon Stick.  It’s like chili chocolate.  I don’t know how, but cinnamon in chili is a fucking must.  Do it.  Trust me.  This was my first attempt using nutmeg as well.  I think it worked also, but it’s too soon to make a “tip” out of it.
  4. Beans.  Who says you have to use “chili” beans or even red kidney beans?  I always use them as a base, but include a variety.
  5. Beef.  Some argue to use ground chuck or other expensive beef.  Frankly: you won’t taste it with the other flavors.  Don’t waste your money.  If you want to waste money, get a more expensive beer and fancy spices. These will enhance your flavor better than expensive meat.
  6. Quality spices.  The things that make this chili fabulous are my Fire in Your Hole sauce and my Piri Piri Chili Powder.  There are fancy herb/spice shops you can get good, fresh spices at to include in your chili over the traditional store bought ones.  Invest in one for your chili!
  7. When you think you’ve put enough seasoning in…. double it.  😉  Kidding.  Sort of.  I didn’t give amounts of the spices I used, because it is always “to taste.”  But I dump a shit ton of seasoning in.

Directions: (You’ll put most of the seasonings into the meat while it cooks as well as the crock pot.  Everything except: cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg only go into the crockpot.  Crushed red pepper and garlic only go into the meat.)

  1. Brown Ground Beef.
    • Season with: chili powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic, cajun seasoning, cumin, crushed red pepper, 1/2 can of beer.
    • Once beef is browned and beer has cooked off, add hot sauce(s) and cook another minute or so.  Remove from heat, toss into crockpot.
  2. Dump into crockpot:
    • beef
    • rotel
    • all the beans
    • tomato sauce
    • Season with: chili powders, cayenne pepper, onion powder, cajun seasoning, cumin, cinnamon stick(s), nutmeg, sugar.
    • the rest of the beer
    • beef broth
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours.  If it’s watery, cook on high for a bit to boil off the liquids.
  4. Enjoy with fritos, cheese, and sour cream.

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Egg Muffins



  • 1 lb sausage, cooked (I used “lowfat” because I couldn’t find Turkey Sausage that wasn’t precooked.)
  • 1 Dozen Eggs
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked in water
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk (any milk works)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Optional: maple syrup, cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease muffin pan w/ cooking spray
  3. Cook sausage, once cooked, add maple syrup to coat, if desired.  Set aside (and let cool a bit.)
  4. Mix other ingredients together in a medium bowl  (add shredded cheese now, if desired.)
  5. Pour into muffin pan, cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until muffins stop bubbling and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.  Reheat for 30 seconds – 1minute.  Instead of mixing cheese into egg mixture, you can add cheese prior to reheating to make a “cheese frosting.” (That’s what I did.)

You can mix up the ingredients.  Fresh tomatoes and kale instead of spinach and mushrooms.  Turkey Sausage would be good– I didn’t see any that wasn’t pre-cooked, where should I look?  And the quinoa can be cooked in milk instead, but that tends to make it “sticky” so it might not have blended in as well.  I like the “cheese frosting” idea because then you can have cheese free or cheesy muffins, depending on your mood.

*This recipe wasn’t my idea, I modified this one I found on Cooking Light:

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Healthy Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole Recipes < Healthy Breakfast Recipes – Cooking Light

Healthy Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole Recipes < Healthy Breakfast Recipes – Cooking Light.

What do you ladies think?  I think I remember Sunny doing some kind of egg casserole type think in muffin tins last TBT.    I’m thinking this recipe with all real eggs, no egg substitute…  the sausage, almond milk?  and…  we could substitute quinoa for the bread pieces.  Add some spinach?  Maybe some mushrooms and bell peppers?  Yeah?

Maybe I’ll make something similar later this week/next week…



1 teaspoon canola oil

12 ounces turkey breakfast sausage

2 cups 1% low-fat milk

2 cups egg substitute

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

3 large eggs

16 (1-ounce) slices white bread

1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat extrasharp cheddar cheese

Cooking spray

  • Preparation
  • 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring and breaking sausage to crumble. Remove from heat; cool.
  • 2. Combine milk and next 6 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  • 3. Trim crusts from bread. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Add bread cubes, sausage, and cheddar cheese to milk mixture, stirring to combine. Pour bread mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking or 3-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray, spreading egg mixture evenly in baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 5. Remove casserole from refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes. Sprinkle casserole evenly with paprika. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Kathy Kitchens Downie, RD, Cooking Light

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Positive Attitude!

Food: 2177/2077

  • Frosted miniwheats, 1% milk, coffee, sugarfree vanilla creamer
  • Yoplait Greek w/ fruit and granola, apple
  • Chicken breast, wheat bread, olive oil mayo, colby jack cheese, mustard sammie, Diet Dr. Pepper, salad & Ken’s honey mustard dressing
  • *cough* red-velvet-cake *cough* carrot-cake *COUGH COUGH* red-velvet-whoopie-pie-bite *acheewww*
  • Peppermint Stick Luna Bar
  • Beer.


  • Reilly walk
  • 2hr Die Practice

Actually moderately eventful Monday.  Discovered both cheese and mayo to be evil at lunch.  (Mayo = 100 calories, cheese = 135 calories.  Ugh.) Also, I *really* need to take my own advice and mix up some homemade salad dressing to keep on store for salad eating occasions.  (Ken’s Honey Mustard = 130 calories.  UGH.)  There was Red Velvet and Carrot Cake at lunch.  Mondays are Colin’s mom treat days, so I had a bite of each, thinking they were the homemade treats.  The Red Velvet immediately disappointed (stale, clearly boxed) so I threw it out.  I rocked some Carrot Cake though.  Then Colin came in with a tin of Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.  Fuck.  They were like Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Cream Pies  for adults.  Just needed some liquor.  Or wine.  Anyway, I had 1/4 of one just to taste it.  It was bliss.  Too bad I’d already wasted my treat calories on Carrot Cake.  (You’ll notice Mayo, Cheese, and Honey Mustard are evil, but apparently 250 calories of Red Velvet Cake and 280 of Carrot Cake are not.  Priorities, I say.)

Practice.  Awesome.  Die is the shit.  She took all of the everything from the forum and put it together into one super awesome practice.  She even threw in some bridging since I’d suggested working on it after practice for the ppl who didn’t want to do Off Skates training during practice time.  My goal for now is to help the newbs, and focus on that rather than my own skills.  I’m definitely there, but I’m worried I may be overdoing it.  We split into two groups for bridging, and I sort of organized the group Die wasn’t managing…  there were other more qualified skaters in the group, too… so hopefully it’s cool I did that.  StarFry seemed to “get” bridging better afterward, so if that’s one outcome, I guess it was okay.  I dunno.  I just don’t wanna be bossy or take over when I shouldn’t be… but I also had this realization the other day… oh this should be another post.  I’ll make it another post.  Blah.

After practice Titan suggested we go out for Beers, so we did!  We went to this cool place called “Prost.”  It reminded me of the Lowry Beer Garden, it was really cool and fun, and I was able to go b/c today is Election Day and Legend is a Polling Place so no students, and no students = I don’t have to be here at 6:30!  Yaya.

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Wine, Cheese, and Cheese… and people.

Food: ####/1632*

  • Frosted Mini Wheats, 1% Milk, forgot coffee at home… 😦
  • Greek Yogurt w/ Fruit and Granola
  • Almond Butter, Honey, and Banana on wheat
  • Buttered Toast
  • Wine.  Cheese.  Cheese.  Wine.  Crackers.  Cheese.  Jam.  Cheese.  Bread.  Nom nom nom…


  • …  did you people miss the cheese part?  or the wine part?  no exercise yesterday.  😀

I ditched working out, ate cheese and drank wine with cool people, left the part early ( 😥 ), was in bed by 11 with my Spin Class 6:30 alarm set…  and then I woke up around 4am and said… “you know what? I think I earned a day.”  So I ditched Spin today.  Did some yoga.  Ate a huge breakfast to keep me from munching on crap during the Volleyball Tourney I’m clock-ing.  Gonna pack a lunch/snacks, too.  Then the grocery store on my way home, and hopefully I’ll take Reilly on a nice long walk.

* The # symbols stand for “way to fucking many.  WAY too fucking many.  So fucking many too many, it’s not even worth guessing, and I don’t fucking care because it was good.  Gooooood, I say!”

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