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Chili Recipe (Vegetarian)

It was a weekend of football watching. Football needs chili! Am I right or am I right?

Okay, I take that back. I didn’t watch one minute of football. My Chiefs are out so the season is over for me. And it was actually warmer here this weekend. Not need for hot soup. I wanted enchiladas , but OMG Becky wanted chili. (Sassy had abandoned us for the weekend. She had been invited to attend an out-of-town church conference for middle school kids as a Junior Guide. She was very excited and honored to be asked! She got back yesterday and said it was an amazing experience.)

This has been my go-to chili recipe for years now. It’s hearty, it’s tasty, and even meat eaters will enjoy it. This chili would be a perfect addition to your Super Bowl party!

chili recipe vegetarian

Chili (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes ¦  Prep Time: 10 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (10 oz) frozen butternut squash (cubed), thawed
  • 1 (28 oz) can petite cut tomatoes, diced, with zesty jalapenos
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 12 oz water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Optional Toppings
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt. Stir in squash, tomato, and beans. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 60 minutes.
  4. Uncover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in cocoa power. Cook for 10 minutes more.
  6. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Serving Size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Smart Points = 3 points.


Black Bean Soup Recipe (Vegetarian)

We had a weekend of winter storms with freezing rain roll through. I don’t know about you, but to me that means I need warm, comfort food and that means soup! I made a large pot of this Black Bean Soup on Friday night and we enjoyed it all weekend long.

black bean soup recipe, black bean soup

Black Bean Soup (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 35 minutes  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, divided
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded, stemmed, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Optional Toppings
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheese (Mexican or cheddar)
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Place 1 1/2 cans of drained/rinsed black beans and 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth in a food processor. Pulse until well pureed. Set aside.
  2. Rinse remaining 2 1/2 cans of black beans in a strainer. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  4. Add remaining vegetable broth, black beans, black bean puree mixture, fire-roasted tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Serving Size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Smart Points = 6 points.

Always October

October arrived and seems to have brought fall with it. Though I must say, I am still waiting for the full display of fall colors in the trees here. There are a few trees that have changed, but for the most part things are still green or a bit brown. Boring. But things are looking like autumn in other areas.

Seems our local baseball team is doing okay this year…  😉

royals take the crown

If you have read here for very long, you know my family and I make it to a few games every year. It’s always a good time and we are lucky to have so many pro sport options close by. Winning definitely makes it more exciting! It’s been a great ride 29 years in the making. The Royals have always felt like the little team that could. It’s fun to see the rest of the country getting excited and cheering for our boys in blue.

Loyal to the Royals! My birthday is tomorrow and I can’t think of a better gift than winning the World Series. What do you say boys? Continue your 8-game sweep for another 4 games for me? Party likes it’s 1985!

We are also watching a lot of football. My just-turned-six-year-old nephew is playing flag football. His team plays every Saturday morning and we have made it to several games. Nothing cuter than little itty bitty boys chasing each other down the field!

Sassy and I made it out for a trail run yesterday. She’s been busy with her cross country team so we haven’t run together in a while. It was nice to have my running partner back! (I’ll update you on her XC season soon.)

trail run

We saw a few other cars at the trailhead, but didn’t run into a single person. I love having the trail all to ourselves! And we couldn’t have asked for better weather. A bit on the cool side, but full, warm sunshine. Perfection!

We saw a few woolly worms moving about, also.

woolly worm

Two were solid black, one was brown and black. I hope they are wrong! I can’t stand the thought of a long, cold, severe winter.

Soups are back, too! I could live on homemade soups through autumn and winter. So easy, so yummy.

taco soup

Last night’s selection was taco soup. Yes, please! My girls loved this new-to-us recipe. I thought it was pretty good, but think it can be improved. I’ll have to see how I can change it up.

Which team are you cheering for in the World Series? There is only one correct answer!…

What is your favorite soup recipe? Share a link!

What does Fall look like for you?

Surgery Details. Or at Least What I Can Remember.

Sassy must have been feeling left out because she decided to be sick yesterday, too.  Vomiting ensued and OMG Becky had two patients to care for.  She may be ready to jump ship.

Sassy and I have set up camp in the living room.  Me on the couch, her on the love seat.  With a couple of TV trays set up next to me to hold my necessities.

Please excuse my make-up less face.  I was told not to wear any flammable make-up or hair products to surgery that morning.  I figured it was best to avoid all make-up and hair products.  The flammability of my products was not really something I wanted to guess at.

Yesterday, I had to be at the surgery center an hour before the surgery was scheduled to start.  Once there I had to pee in a cup to do a mandatory pregnancy test.  Negative, of course.  Then I was taken into my pre/post surgery room.  I had to remove all my clothing and put on a hospital gown completely open in the back, no tying it closed allowed.  I also had to put my hair up into a fancy, disposable cap.  So pretty.  I had my IV port inserted, hooked up to some other monitoring machine and all of my vitals checked.  Next the anesthesiologist asked me a bunch of healthy history questions and we went over all things that could go wrong with the anesthesia.  Fun times.

Then the surgeon came in and we talked about the surgery itself.  Found out I would need to stay off my foot for the first two weeks to allow for proper heeling.  The doctor also removed the half cast the ER had put on.  While he was doing that I told him I had felt like the top my foot was on fire since the cast was put on.  Once he got the cast off, we saw why.  I had developed a facture blister on the top of my foot.  Ouch!  Luckily, it wasn’t full of fluid or on what would b the incision sight.  Do yourself a favor, do not Google “fracture blister” images.  So gross.

My fracture blister looks a lot like this PG-version I made for you.

fracture blister

He explained that since my break was a fairly, straight horizontal break, screws were probably not an option.  They would install a metal plate through a 3″ incision that would then be closed with stitches or staples.  I started crying a little bit at those words.  A scar, especially one that large, had never entered my mind.  He told me they would give me two pain blockers, one below and one above the surgery area.  I was told I would need to stay completely off my foot for two weeks with it elevated.  The goal is to not bump it all so the bones will fuse back together straight.  If I bump it, they could fuse at an odd angle or worse, not at all.  Then we might have to do surgery again.  As you can imagine, I am trying to be very, very careful.  I do not want to go through this again!

After my chat with the surgeon, I was wheeled back to the surgery room.  It was so cold in there!  Then I was transferred over onto the surgery table.  That is the last thing I remember.  No counting down, no more speaking of any kind.  The next thing I remember is being back in my pre/post surgery room for recovery.  Someone was calling my name and saying I was having a hard time waking up.  I just wanted to go back to sleep.   I hadn’t slept much since the break on Monday.  Too much pain to sleep through.

The surgery had lasted just under an hour. My parents and youngest daughter were in the waiting room, watching a screen that showed the patient number assigned to me.  It showed where I was in the process.  In pre-op, in surgery, in post-op, etc.

Finally, they called my mom in to go over instructions with her since I obviously was in no shape to remember a thing they were saying.  The gist of it was I am to double up on my pain killers.  They do not want me to wait until I feel pain to take the meds or I will be in a lot of pain and unable to control it.  I have set a recurring alarm to go off every 4 hours so I won’t forget.  I was told I may be nauseous from the anesthesia and that is common in women.  They had already given me a prescription for anti-nausea meds since I don’t do so well with pain killers anyway.  (I am allergic to Hydrocodone.) I also need to eat with when I take the pain killers to help with nausea.  But I was to avoid spicy and greasy foods.  Sad because I really wanted my favorite Chipotle veggie bowl with medium-spice corn salsa.  Grrr.  But I could have ice cream, the other thing that sounded really good!  And I was hungry!  I wasn’t allowed to have any food or drink since midnight.

Once I got home, I was ready to go back to sleep.  The anesthesia was hanging on.  I like that stuff!  My mom went on to work.  And my dad got me some essentials.  My favorite Belfonte Birthday Cake ice cream!

Belfonte Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Healthy Choice Country Vegetable Soup.

healthy choice country vegetable soup

And then he asked if I wanted him to go to Starbucks for me.  YES!  Iced White Chocolate Mocha, please!

Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha

Honestly, yesterday I didn’t feel much pain at all.  Today I can feel a little bit of pain.  But it actually hurt more before the surgery then it does now.  But that may be a result of the pain blocker still hanging on.

I am sporting a new half cast, an ice pack behind the knee, and a non-skid hospital sock.  I’m sexy and I know it.

half cast, hospital sock

And this will be my look and location for the next couple of weeks.  I have a follow-up with the surgeon this Thursday.  then a week after that, another appointment to take the staples out.  I plan on talking to him about when I can start activity again and what it might consist of.

I know at some point, the half cast will be replaced with a boot, but not sure when that will be.  I also need to visit the DMV office to pick up a temporary disable parking permit for when I am allowed be out and about again.  No hurry to be out there anytime soon, especially since we have ANOTHER snowstorm with 6-10″ of snow coming tonight.

I apologize if this post is rambling or repetitive.  These painkillers are making me a bit more loopy, as evident in the record number of misspelled words I had to correct in this post.  And now I feel like I need another nap.  I have been awake a full three hours.  That’s okay.  I’m pretty sure sleep promotes healing.

What are you doing this weekend?