Quick Veggie Chilli, Sausage and Cornbread

This is a great meal to make on a cold day!

Start with the chili:
2 zucchini chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 white onion chopped
2 celery stalks
1 can Great Northern Beans
1 can Diced tomatoes (un-drained)

1. Saute onion and celery to soften a bit
2. Pile everything into a crock pot and cook on high for 2.5 hours (my crock pot runs hot, so I cooked on high for 1 hour and on low for the remainder)

I baked this according to this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/golden-sweet-cornbread/
It was super easy and my daughter loved helping. I didn’t even adjust it to high altitude, though that might make it a bit more moist (I got no complaints).

To Serve:
I served with Basil Chicken sausage which I par-boiled (boiled 10 min, grilled 20 min), but it would be quicker to use already baked sausage. Serve in the chilli or along the side!
I also topped the chili with a spoonful of sour cream and some shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

Guten Appetit!

Living Large in the Middle,



Turkey Pot Pie

I hosted my book club’s 4th anniversary meeting last night and knew I wanted to spend more time talking than in the kitchen. This pot pie is SOOO easy!

To add a homemade touch, I opted out of a second pie crust for the top and made a Biscuit Topper found in the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook of 1967 (my favorite).

*I didn’t have anything thawed, you can put it together frozen and keep in freezer. Just make the biscuit topper later. You can cook frozen. I’d bake for 20 min, add the topper and then bake an additional 20 min.

Turkey Pot Pie:
1/2 C Milk
1C Cubed Turkey/Chicken
1 9oz pkg frozen mixed veggies (thawed)
1 pie crust (thawed)
1 can crm of chicken soup (condensed)

1. Pour veggies and meat into pie crust
2. Mix soup & milk and pour over
3. Make biscuit topper (below)
4. Bake 10 min at 400 degrees
5. Add biscuit topper and bake an additional 20 min.

Biscuit Topper
1. Sift following together
1 C Flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2. Cut in 1/4 C butter until crumbly
3. mix 1/4 C milk and slightly beaten egg
4. add to mix and stir just to moisten




Basil Pesto Tilapia and Pasta

If you have a membership to Costco, get a box of frozen High Liner Seafood Basil Pesto Tilapia. It comes with multiple filets ready to bake.

For an easy meal, bake the fish for 10-13 minutes according to plan. Boil up some pasta and serve!

We like to mix it up!
Add Alfredo to the mix
Add veggies (frozen or freshly sauteed)
Mix up the noodles, we’ve used everything from spaghetti to multicolored pinwheels
For kids: shred the fish and mix in. Then add some Parmesan and serve!



Thank you Alice BBQ Chicken Sammies

My sister-in-law let me in on a secret for easy bbq sammies – I soon found this was not a secret, but just in case you too are not in the know – these are great!

You’ll need:
Chicken thighs: 6-8 (breasts are ok, but thighs shred better)
1 bottle bbq sauce

Throw the chicken (frozen or thawed) into the crock pot with the bottle of bbq sauce and cook on low (again my crock pot runs hot) for 3-4 hours. Don’t skimp on the bbq in the crock pot. It will keep your chicken moist.
Take the chicken out and shred with two forks.
Stir chicken into the sauce in the crock pot
Serve on hamburger buns with oven fries, salad or cole slaw!



Easy Fish Tacos

High Liner Seafoods makes a Tortilla Crusted Tilapia that can be bought in bulk at Costco, but we’ve also found the Sea Cuisines from the local grocery store is equally as good.

These delicious tacos only require baking the fish for 10-13 minutes, slicing and putting into tortillas with what ever accompaniments you might want.

We like to mix it up!
Serve like traditional tacos with onions, lettuce, salsa, sour cream and avocado/guacamole
Serve summer fish tacos with avocado, jicama, pineapple and thousand island



*Like easy meals with fish? Checkout my post on Basil Pesto Tilapia with pasta!