Sunday, September 23, 2007

Chilli and Hot Dogs

A busy Saturday and I need to make a quick meal. I have spent the morning at garage sales and the afternoon doing yard work. My family is starving and so am I. What do I do? I make Chili and hotdogs. Fast and easy and everybody likes it.

I have used this chili recipe for over 25 years. It is fast and easy and has many variations. It takes about 45 minutes starting with thawed hamburger. Brown 1 pound of hamburger in a large skillet. Season with 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. chili powder, and 1 tsp. onion powder (can sub ½ chopped onions). Add 1 can red beans, 1 can tomato juice, ½ can water, and 1 tbsp. sugar. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add more seasonings if you wish. While chili simmers, cook hot dogs or you will even have time to bake a batch of Jiffy or Martha White cornbread. Mix up a green salad. Pull out some crackers or corn chips to garnish. Done in 45 minutes from start to finish.

You can start this chili in advance the day before and let it sit in the refrigerator. You can simmer it on your stove or in your crock-pot for hours. It can be doubled or tripled. If you have time, you can add fresh, canned, or frozen chopped onions and tomatoes and peppers. You can make it thicker by not adding the water and thinner by adding more water. You can make it even faster if you brown the hamburger, which can be frozen and re-thawed, ahead of time. Hot dogs can be simmered in water and served on a bun or baked in a crescent roll. Delicous!!!

I like to make this salad to go with it or even for dessert: Caramel Apple Salad. You need:
• 1 cup cold fat free milk
• 1 (1 ounce) package instant sugar-free butterscotch pudding mix
• 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping, divided
• 3 1/2 cups chopped unpeeled apples
• 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
Whisk milk and pudding mix for 1 minute (mixture will be thick). Whisk in 1 cup whipped topping. Fold in apples. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with the rest of the whipped cream and peanuts.
Quick and easy. Good and good for you. Very pretty with a combination of red and green apples!

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