Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chickpea Chili and Homemade garlic toast (baked garlic bulbs)

Well, I've had my surgery and it's been a week and a half. I'm getting extremely bored but still pretty tender so have been finding short, easy things to do. I can't stay out of the kitchen, so what I can do is attempt to make one pot dishes of delicious food for the family! It's still pretty cold here, so why not make some chili! 
You can add any type of meat you want if you just can't do without it. 

You will need:
1 can chickpeas
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn niblets
1 can diced tomatoes (I used the accents type for this dish)
chili (I used those yummy chipolte chilis again, but only half a can, full can is too spicy for the kids)
Spices to taste - salt, pepper, organic spice mix
teaspoon olive oil
Optional: cooked hamburger, chicken or turkey

Warm up oil in frying pan, add garlic and brown
add can of chickpeas, mash slightly with a fork (this gives it the meaty texture)
add can of kidney beans and corn, simmer for a few minutes while you chop up the chilis
add chili and tomatoes, and your spices
simmer on medium low heat stirring occasionally to blend all the flavours

If you like tomato paste you can add that as an extra thickener, I like mine a little bit juicy though. We serve with garlic bread 

To make Roasted garlic: slice top of whole garlic bulb so that the tips are showing, pour on a little olive oil, pinch of salt, pinch of black pepper and bake in the oven wrapped in tin foil at 350 for about an hour, cool, then squish out the garlic into a bowl. Use on bread or add to any of your dishes. To make garlic butter mix it in a dish together until well blended. If you have a lot of bulbs to use up you can store in the freezer until you need the roasted garlic again. Don't leave wrapped in foil! 

Garlic Toast

Nice cut off bread, we have Cobs which we like getting our bread from. They have a flax type which is really good. You can use any you like, and can get french loaves for fairly cheap at your local bakery

Roasted garlic butter
Dill to taste

Butter your bread with the garlic butter, sprinkle on dill and bake in the oven until butter is melted and toast is golden at 350

Serve with a nice side salad of baby greens and you've got yourself a vitamin packed meal!