Beans beans the magical fruit…the more you eat, the more you…
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The intention of todays post was to share a delicious and easy recipe for a meatless main using beans. (Shout out to my colleague and dedicated blog follower Lynn who inspired this recipe with her ‘What can I do with beans?’ question).
On a whim, instead of popping a slice of whole grain bread in the toaster for a side, I decided to try and whip up a cornbread. I’ve previously described my baking talent (as in none) so I figured this would be a miss. I also assumed it wouldn’t be blog-able because I found a recipe to try and essentially changed the entire thing.
Well… let me tell you. Miss it WASN’T! So today is two recipes for the price of one day! (um yes, they are both free to begin with.)
side note: this very rarely works, so please do not take your baking cues from me.
I really like this combo of veg – the celery adds a little texture since the other ingredients get quite soft during cooking.
If you’re looking at this and thinking ‘chickpeas AGAIN!?’ don’t fret, please use whatever type of bean or legume you like. Kidney beans are a classic chili choice, i just didn’t happen to have any.
I like a kick of heat in my chili, but it’s not for everyone. Buying a mild chili powder will allow you to add any type and level of heat you like: fresh or pickled jalepenos, sriracha, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, rocket fuel, whatevs.
Tomato paste is the secret to a richer tomato flavour.
Most recipe for cornbread that I found were made with buttermilk. I made my own since I’m not in the habit of buying it.
Without a doubt, these are the hottest pickled jalepenos I’ve ever tasted. I made a big batch of them this year and haven’t made it through the first jar yet. In total, I used 6 slices for both the chili and the cornbread. You read right, slices.
I used my naturally non-stick cast iron skillet for the cornbread. A 9″ square baking dish or loaf pan would work well too, but would have to be greased (mmm, an opportunity for butter), and the cooking time will likely vary.