Basic Chili Recipe

Money right now is tight. Tighter than it’s ever been. Here’s my recipe for cheap chili!

  • 1lb Deer Meat (Free for us…you can find ground turkey for $2.99/lb)
  • 2 Cans Kidney Beans $0.98
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes $0.90
  • 1 Can Black Beans $0.49
  • 1 Can Chili Beans $0.49
  • 1 Yellow Onion $0.49

Total for 6 Servings: $3.35

Total with Meat bought at the store: $6.34

Veggie Taco Bake

Being laid off means going back to my roots of making do with what we have. This means making food stretch! You can make this with whatever veggies you have or whatever you find in the produce department on sale.

  • 2 Green Zucchini 1lb @ $2.00
  • 1 Yellow Squash 0.5lb @ $1.00
  • 2 Medium Yellow Onions @ $0.35 each $0.70
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper $1.00
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper $1.00
  • 1 Bone-in Chicken Breast $1.72 (I used the bone to make a simple stock)
  • 1 Can Black Beans $0.89
  • 1 Can Fire Roasted Corn $1.25
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes $0.59
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Taco Cheese $0.50
  • Taco Seasoning Packet $1.00
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic

Total $11.65 for 6 servings

$1.94 per serving

Josh highly recommends topping this with crunched up corn chips and sour cream!

I also recommend waiting until you can find zucchini on sale, that was a big cost of this recipe. This recipe can easily be turned into a vegetarian one…just take out the chicken!

I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe so I didn’t take pictures through the process. But…I cut up all of the veggies, started with the peppers and onions in a large cast iron skillet. Sauteed them, added the cut up zucchinis and chicken. Seasoned everything. Then put the tomatoes, corn, and beans in. Topped it with a thin layer of shredded cheese and popped it in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes.

It was so good!



Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Warning: this is a labor of love if you choose to not go the can route, but it is completely worth it! It also makes a LOT of chili. Enough to fill two crock pots or a medium stock pot. Great for a crowd, but it also freezes well.

5 1/4 cups (~50 oz.) Vegetarian Refried Beans Recipe
7 cups (62 oz.) Dark Red Kidney Beans (no liquid)
3 1/2 cups (31 oz.) Black Beans (no liquid)
5 1/2 cups (90 oz.) Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
5 cups (44 oz.) Fresh Sweet Corn
3 cups (26 oz.) Garbanzo Beans
2 cups (30 oz.) Diced Green Chilis
3 Chipotle Peppers in (~2 oz.) Adobo Sauce
4 Stalks of Celery
2 Large Yellow Onions
2 Green Bell Peppers
8 Cloves of Fresh Garlic
1 lb. Vegan “Meat” Crumbles Recipe Recipe
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Onion Powder
Chipotle Powder

Large dice celery and onions, add to a hot pan with butter/vegan butter and avocado oil over high heat. You want the celery and onions to be on the crispier side because you will be getting the flavor from the browning! Crush the cloves of garlic, add to the onions and celery. Turn off the heat, allow the garlic to get warm with the celery and onions. Set aside.

If you are buying your beans and corn in cans make sure to drain them and set aside. Large dice the green bells. Mix all the seasonings together in a bowl, the amounts are up to you based on your heat and spice preference. To the pot add all the beans, tomatoes, corn, celery, onions, garlic, meat crumbles, peppers, adobo sauce, refried beans, and seasonings.

Crock Pot: If you are making in a crock pot cook everything together on high for 6 hours, turn off or keep on low overnight, and put back on high 2 hours before you are going to serve.

Stove Top: If you are cooking in a large pot or medium stock pot make sure you are stirring every few minutes until the chili is starting to bubble, then lower the temperature to medium for 6-8 hours. Reheat 2 hours before serving.


Easy Sangria

Typically I would go the more difficult path of making the juices myself, doing lots of muddling, and using a dry wine…but I wanted easy and quick. So here’s that recipe.


1 Navel Orange
20 Green Grapes
1 Lime
1 Lemon
1 Green Apple


2/3 Cup Simply Peach
1/3 Cup Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade
1 2/3 Cups Minute Maid Light Fruit Punch


1 Cup Peach Brandy
2 Cups Banty Red Sweet Red Wine
First thing’s first, cut the fruit, I cut the grapes in half, everything else gets sliced. Place into a glass pitcher, or a plastic pitcher, I don’t judge. Measure out the juices and the al-cha-mahals. Use the handle side of a wooden spoon to smoosh and stir everything together.

Stick that in the fridge for anywhere from 2 hours to overnight, you want everything to marinate together and be totally scrumptiously yummy.
If you are planning on making this for a party, I would at least triple the amounts of everything.

Veg-ify Boxed Mac & Cheese

One of E’s favorite things to eat is boxed mac & cheese. Don’t worry, it’s definitely Annie’s boxed mac & cheese…but still…it’s boxed mac & cheese. One way to incorporate veggies and healthy fats into this otherwise not so healthy dish is this recipe.

  • 12 Baby Carrots
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1 Box of Mac n Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika

Steam celery and carrots in water, puree with avocado and powdered cheese packet with an immersion blender. Mix the puree in with the cooked pasta and serve.

It’s so easy to make and packs in much needed veg!



Just Eat

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

1 Samuel 1:18 “…Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.”

1 Kings 19:4-8 “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.”


I was so touched by this verse that I had to text my man about it. I can get quite cranky when I’m hangry and he tends to be the receiver of my crankiness.

So many times in scripture food is referenced! Sacrificing food, gathering around food, gifting food, food falling from Heaven, food, food, food. God knows that we need food. Jesus was on this earth and His ministry was bringing food to people, fishing for food with people, gathering around food with people, sharing important news with people over food, using food as a representation of his body! FOOD!

The Bible also talks about what to eat, not to eat too much, and treating your body as a temple. Not to just be gluttons, but to appreciate food, and take care of our bodies.

Mental health and moods are included in that ‘taking care of’ bit. So enjoy the cake but also eat the foods that are going to nourish us and keep us from being miserable to those we are called to love.


Easy PBFit Smoothie

I highly recommend keeping frozen bananas in your freezer for quick morning smoothies. This took exactly 3 minutes to make. I have no excuse not to make this for quick and easy breakfasts in the future.

  • 1 Small Frozen Banana (90 calories, 1g protein, 12g sugar)
  • 2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk (60 calories, 2g protein, 0g sugar)
  • 3 TBS SF PBFit Peanut Butter Powder (90 calories, 12g protein, 1.5g sugar)
  • Drizzle of Blackstrap Mollasses (30 calories, 1g protein, 5g sugar) 

Totals: 270 Calories, 20g Protein, 18.5g Sugar

Without Mollasses Totals: 240 Calories, 19g Protein, 13.5g sugar)

I may have accidentally drank almost all of this smoothie before remembering to take a photo! Sorry not sorry, it was so delicious!

I am iron deficient so I jump at any chance to eat blackstrap mollasses, and the little bit of sweetness this added to the smoothie was needed. You don’t have to add this, it is 5g of unnecessary sugar. I can’t wait to see what other good things I can make with PBFit powder.

Enjoy! 🙂