And now, without further adieu...
Awhile back, my husband and son went on a boys camping trip with my father-in-law, brothers-in-law and nephews on my husbands side. Chloe, my oldest girl, was sad that she was left out (she is the only girl besides my 10 month old Hailey). So I decided to make some "camping" foods for us too. We had hotdogs once, but that's boring so I'll share our other meal -chili, corn bread and s'mores bars.
The only problem is... I didn't have a camera when I made it (my husband took it to camp), so I took a picture the day they got home of the leftovers.... I did take a photo of the chili and corn bread but it seems it has been accidentally deleted... not a very good start for Foodie Fridays. And I am a bit ashamed to admit that this was all the dessert that was left after only 2 days.
I was never a fan of chili growing up, but a year or two ago someone from church made this recipe for a potluck and I LOVED it! I love this recipe because it is very versatile. I don't think I have made it exactly the same twice and it is still delicious! And ... what would be the opposite of labor-intensive? Huh, I'm stumped. Labor unintensive? Anyway, you get the idea -fast, easy, stress-free.
The recipe I have is as follows:
3 lbs ground beef (browned and drained)
1 jar pasta sauce
1 jar salsa
1 can tomatoe paste
1 can mushrooms
1 can beans with maple
2 cans kidney beans
lemon pepper and chili powder to taste
I throw it all together in a crock pot on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 1-2 hours and then to low if I don't have as much time). Or you could cook it in a pot to heat it all up and then just keep it warm in a crockpot. I like it to cook longer on low because I think it gets a better flavor.
Here's the versatile part:
I never buy the small jars of pasta sauce or salsa, so I just guestimate an amount from a larger jar. Or sometimes I don't have store-bought pasta sauce on hand, and I have used canned tomatoes (either crushed or diced, blended with an immersion blender) and sometimes add spices like basil, oregano, salt, onion powder, etc. I don't keep lemon pepper in the house -but a squirt of lemon juice and some pepper works for me. And I don't always buy canned beans because they are more expensive here than dried. But I have used kidney beans or black beans. I have dried black beans that I cook in my slow cooker a bunch at a time and then freeze them in ziplock baggies for later. To do that go here. How's that for an easy-going, laid back recipe? It's like I can't mess it up no matter how many things I do to it!
Then I made some delicious corn bread in muffin tins. Thanks to Katie from This Chick Cooks for the fabulous recipe!!
The S'mores bars were super easy. I just pressed chocolate chip cookie dough into a pizza pan and baked for 5-7 minutes. Then top with coarsely crushed graham crackers, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips and bake another 5 minutes (until marshmallows start to get puffy and golden). You can drizzle with chocolate sauce if you want -I thought that might be too sweet. Also, I have heard of people using Golden Grahams cereal but I thought that was too sweet too. These were delicious!
And there you have it -camping indoors! Well, the food part anyway.
Thanks for joining me for my first ever FOODIE FRIDAY. Hope you come again next week!