okaaayyyy! and we’re back into the swing of things! it was slow going there for a bit but here we are. diving straight back in with all the comfort foods: chowder, chili, pasta, cottage pie and then one lone fresh veggie salad.
salmon & dill chowder
yes i am aware this is not the most appealing looking soup. i over blended it with my immersion blender cos i was too lazy to get out my normal blender. luckily it is delicious so we all got past the look of it pretty quick. properly blended, it’s a nice thick chowder with chunks of white potatoes and pink salmon and flecks of green from the fresh dill. it’s also meant to have bacon on top but i forgot to thaw my bacon.
black bean chili
now this one is basically fool-proof! and flexible as well. i do 2 cans of black beans and 1 can of kidney but you can do all 3 black bean as per the original recipe. i added 1 jalapeño but you can add as many as you like (i’m not super into spicy, much to my family’s chagrin). i’m guessing you could totes do this in an instant pot too — i just got one for christmas but it’s taking me a while to get the hang of it so i haven’t made this chili in it yet.
i love this dish. i’m not a huuuuuge fan of pasta… sure i like my lasagne and that famously simple & delicious tomato, onion & butter sauce from last week saves my ass on the reg, but other than that, i rarely fancy pasta. this is an exception. not the normal ingredients you’d expect in a pasta sauce (chicken & black beans??) but it is delicious! and it’s easy!!! bonus points!
rainbow salad bowls with curried hummus & peanut sauce
the original recipe has this salad wrapped up in collard greens. i’ve got nothing against collard greens — i’ve enjoyed them in a smoothie a few times — but they’re not always easy to find, or very nice looking if you do find them. plus wrapping can be tricky and bowls are easy. so i swapped out the collards for some mixed lettuces and called it a salad! i wasn’t sure how the curried hummus would go with the peanut sauce but i was happily surprised! everything goes with peanut sauce, amirite?? (the curried hummus also makes a great dip — i took the leftovers to bookclub with some veggie sticks)
i have been making this for years — it is a big family favourite. traditional ground beef, peas and carrots in gravy but topped with sliced potato instead of mashed, so one less step. if you’ve got leftover mash, go for it, but this way is honestly delish!