we also do chili a lot, everyone in the house LOVES it.
lentil soup is another of the kids favorites. You must have it with my wheat bread which is REALLY simple to make.
5 minute a day wheat bread
you will need a 5 quart bowl or lidded (not airtight) food container.
(this recipe is easily doubled or halved)
3 C lukewarm water
1 1/2 T granulated yeast
1 1/2 T salt
1 C whole wheat flour
5 1/2 C unbleached all-purpose flour
Mix water, salt and yeast in the bowl. Add all the flour. mix. (this will be a sticky dough) cover with non airtight
lid. allow to rest at room temperature until dough rises and collapses. about 2 hours.
(the dough can be used immediately after the initial rise, though it is easier to handle when cold. Refrigerate in a lidded (not airtight) container and use over the next 14 days. (ours never lasts that long)
ON BAKING DAY
dust the surface of dough with flour, cut off a grapefruit size chunk. dust with more flour and quickly shape into a loaf by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides, rotating a quarter turn as you go. place on cookie sheet covered in flour or cornmeal. sprinkle top of loaf with flour, wheat germ, oats, etc and slice top with a serrated bread knife. allow to rest for 40 minutes
20 minutes before baking preheat oven to 450, place an empty broiler shelf below where the bread will be.
put bread in, pour 1 cup hot water into tray and quickly close oven door. bake for about 35 minutes or until top of crust is deeply browned and very firm.
allow to cool before slicing or eating...if you can
1 1/2 c lentils
10 c water
1/2 c brown rice
1 c diced onions
1 c frozen chopped spinach
2 c diced tomatoes ( i used one large can whole tomatoes and just sort of cut them in the can before i dumped itin)
1 T onion powder
1/2 t salt
1 T McKays chicken seasoning (i use a veggie bouillon cube instead)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp basil (i used a bay leaf instead)
place all ingrediants except rice in pot cook 30 min
add rice cook 45 minutes longer
The third all time favorite for the whole family is something my 8 year old dubbed
Cook ground meat ( I switch between ground turkey and ground beef depending on what is cheaper the day I buy it) and onions in cast iron skillet with salt and pepper (we are all crazy for pepper so our food is always quite peppery). Once cooked, drain add tomato sauce, frozen mixed veggies and small broccoli pieces. Transfer to 9 x13 pan. top with uncooked biscuits (I use bisquick, practically the only time i use a mix for anything because this is a quick throw together meal) cut out into fun shapes. place biscuits on top of pie and bake in oven until biscuits done. It's basically a sheperds pie but i use biscuits instead of mashed potatoes because like I said it's a quick meal I WON'T do instant mashed potatoes and from scratch ones take too long.
so those are the 3 favorites in our house.