Friday, January 7, 2011

Crock Pot Green Chili Stew with Pork

There's something about January that often gets me reaching for the slow cooker.

Maybe it's a balance thing.

After a month of December baking and cooking - not to mention a busy wrap up to my own work year - the advent of January awakens a desire to slow things down, take it easy, and get back into self care.

It's a pretty amazing thing, blogging - over the last few days I've taken the time to read many of my past entries and have come to the conclusion that everything I've written and every lesson learned has brought me to a new awareness of happiness.

But where does today's recipe come in?

The thing is, I'm in a good place at present of feeling exactly right in my own skin.

No resolutions, no big plans - just going with the flow, trusting my inner knowing, and accepting the journey.

And one of the most important things I've learned is that the essence of a life well lived isn't about the big moments or the obvious triumphs.

Life's richest tapestry is often about the threads that remain unseen.

Gossamer strands of kindness and compassion, selflessness and courage weave their webs among the promotions and accolades going mostly unnoticed.

And yet, who is to know what your smile meant to a stranger in the parkade as you gave up that parking stall.

Who is to understand what it meant to the eight year old standing alone in the playground when your daughter walked over and held out a hand.

That's where the chili comes in.

The breaking of bread, or a simple meal on a weeknight creates meaningful connections; and it is through meaningful connection that compassion is born.

For it is human beings who have been loved and valued who hold the keys of hope to our future.

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I've been doing a little meal planning and am wanting to spend the month of January trying out new recipes that are comforting, easy, and tasty without being over the top in the fat and calorie department.

Green Chili Stew fit the bill.



















Filled with fibre, antioxidants, and very little fat, this simple weeknight meal is sure to please any family after a long day in January.

I hope you enjoy...

Green Chili Stew
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Ingredients
  • 2 lb boneless pork loin chops cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chili, seeded, chopped
  • 1 small can chopped green chiles
  • 1 small can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can pinto beans or chick peas, rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
Garnishes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • cooked white rice
Directions
  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients except garnish into the slow cooker, stir well
  3. Cover, cook on low heat setting 8-9 hours
  4. Ladle stew into bowls. Garnish with sour cream, green onions, rice, and cheese




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10 comments:

  1. Another lovely post Lyndsay. You are so right - there is a wonderful feeling that comes over you when you realise that you are, as you say, perfectly comfortable in your own skin, when you manage to clear away all the distractions and learn to celebrate the moment, and discover that you are living your life exactly as it should be. Love the look of this chili too :-)
    Sue

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  2. This looks and sounds wonderfully warm and satisfying. There is something so comforting for the soul about stew and soup.

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  3. Again...you sound a lot like me and this dish is just up my ally. I often find myslef looking where my daughter is when we walk into a store only to find her holding the door open for others (even men). Anyway this sounds wonderful, and I do like meals that are easy, tasty and a little lighter.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  4. Oh yum, I really like the looks of this! I would have never thought to make a pork chili. I've only heard of the traditional ground beef or the chicken "white" chili before. I love all the beans in it too - I bet it's so filling!

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  5. As far as I'm concerned, pork is the king of meats! Sounds so satisfing.

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  6. What a great post...you weave your words together so nicely. I envy your ability to go with the flow and feel just right with yourself :)

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  7. This sounds very tasty. Very nice thoughts to include also. It is the little things that do matter.
    Sherry

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  8. I love the crock pot!!! Looks so good - I have earmarked this recipe for later :-)

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  9. LYNDS...

    PLEASE DON'T 4GET ME WHEN YER FIRST BOOK IS ON THE NY TIMES BEST SELLERS LIST.

    U WRITE AND THINK LIKE A SEASONED VETERAN OF THE WRITTEN WORD...

    IT BLOWS ME AWAY, AND I FEEL SLIGHTLY LESS ENLIGHTENED THAN I LIKE TO THINK I AM!

    U'VE BEEN A CELEBRITY IN MY EYES AND MY HEART SINCE I FIRST READ YER BLOG BACK IN THE OLD MYSPACE DAYS.

    WHAT A JOY IT WILL B TO B ABLE TO SAY, "I KNEW HER WHEN AND WAS BLESSED TO CALL HER FRIEND!"

    THIS CHILI LOOKS DELICIOUS AND COMFORTING, BUT I WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE OUT THE JALAPENOS AND CHILES.

    OF COURSE, THEN IT WOULDN'T B GREEN CHILI, NOW WOULD IT?

    ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE, MY GIFTED AND TALENTED, PRECIOUS FRIEND!

    TOWANDA!

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  10. Looks amazing. I love green chili. Will definitely have to give it a try. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.
    ~Heidi

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