Candlelit Monday

December 19, 2011

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Super easy crockpot chili was on the menu over here tonight! I made a huge batch because I’m taking some to a friend with a newborn tomorrow, and we ate the rest for dinner tonight!

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See the recipe on my Recipage: Easy Crockpot Chili. It’s full of beans and smoky spices!

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Topped with cheese + oikos – some of life’s greatest pleasures!

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Low key candlelit Monday night dinner.

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Super exciting Christmas cookie that our neighbor kids brought over last night!! Love frosting!

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I’ve got everything done on my list for today (except read every blog post in my Google Reader!) but I think I’m going to start a movie with Matt – or start Hunger Games II, which I can’t believe hasn’t been cracked open yet!

G’night!

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1 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

This looks great Kath! Do you use a crockpot often?

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2 KathEats December 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Im’ trying to use it more – because it is so darn convenient!! Maybe once a week?

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3 Laura (Starloz) December 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm

i adore chili, i might try your recipe.

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4 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

mmmm chili! a perfect comfort cold weather meal in my opinion. i love crock pot versions because of their simplicity too!

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5 Katie @ Raisins&Apples December 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Chili looks GREAT! Hopefully it’ll cool down a little here soon and this will get on the menu.

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6 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

That’s so sweet that kids brought cookies around! I wish we had kids in my condo to do that… but our concierges made us champagne punch and rum cake. :)

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7 Roxanne December 20, 2011 at 1:43 am

Now isn’t that better than what the kids would’ve brought you? LOL

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8 Molly @ RDexposed December 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I’m pulling out the crockpot this week. I shy away from using it since most crock pot recipes call for “cream of” soups. Gag.

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9 Roxanne December 20, 2011 at 1:44 am

I have NEVER used “cream of” soups in my crockpot….mmmmm?

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10 Emily G. @ from my messy desk December 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

There is a great recipe for “cream of something” soup mix. It’s a dry mix of powdered milk and a few spices. All you do is mix it with water and it works amazzzingly! No more cream of- soups for me – at least not from the can!

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11 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I know, I should use my crock pot more often…especially at this time of year where time is of the essence! Candle light dinner to start the week is so romantic! Love the act of kindness your neighbourhood kids displayed…truly in the spirit of Christmas!

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12 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 19, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I was just thinking about making chili for my work’s potluck this Wednesday. Thanks for the recipe. I will check it out. Looks yummy!

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13 Roxanne December 20, 2011 at 1:46 am

Then all you have to do is bring the crockpot insert! You don’t have to scoop it into another pot. Anything for less dishes!

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14 lynn @ the actor's diet December 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm

crockpot chili is the best – i can’t believe i haven’t used mine yet this season!

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15 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I LOVE crockpots. Makes life even more wonderful!

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16 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I made a soup in the pot tonight and was just saying it’s really too bad it cannot cook every night! But I think the soup/stew concept would get old after a week or two…

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17 Amanda December 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

This looks so delicious! I love making lentil soup in my crockpot! I will most definitely have to try this recipe though too!

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18 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I’m bookmarking that recipe! I’ve been looking for an easy crockpot chili recipe!

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19 Lindsay December 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Can’t wait to try that crockpot recipe! Super YUM

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20 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Neighborhood kids bestowing Xmas cookies on you? Now that’s a neighborly thing :)

And crock pot…I should dust mine off sometime this decade! haha!

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21 Angel7 December 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I love, love, love crockpot meals!!! The simplicity of it is what makes me happy. Tomorrow evening we are having a crockpot meal of a roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions–it cannot get any easier than that :)

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22 Ellen December 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

YUM! I’ve been craving chili lately…this looks amazing. Also crock pots are aweomse

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23 Army Amy* December 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I’m always looking for more vegetarian crock pot dishes!*

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24 kaila@ healthy helper blog! December 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Mmmmm chili! Always nice on a cold night!

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25 Jillian @ DNA and Dessert December 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Tonight was chili night in my apartment too! Yum!

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26 Cheryl December 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm

You make it look so easy! It makes my dinner (it literally just posted about eating a microwaved “healthy” can of chili) look so lazy. I’ll use exams as my excuse and add “Use crock pot” to my list of resolutions for 2012

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27 KathEats December 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

You have a good reason!! Good luck with finals

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28 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

We’ve been eating chili 2 nights a week for the past 3 weeks. I LOVE chili nights because the first night it’s all ready after our workout and the 2nd night a quick heat up and boom, dinner’s ready! Love it!

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29 Roxanne December 20, 2011 at 2:07 am

I like your logo, it’s an eye catcher! I visited your blog and I will be bookmarking it.

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30 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

When I eat chili, my bowl is filled to the top! Half of it is usually cheese + yogurt though on top :)

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31 KathEats December 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

It was a huuuuuge pottery barn bowl!

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32 Khushboo December 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I love chilli- it’s a weekly dinner staple!

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33 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 20, 2011 at 12:20 am

I was planning to make chili tonight but then next thing I knew it was 6:30 and I did NOT want to do anything, let alone wait for dinner. I should really make it tomorrow in my crock pot so I don’t have to do anything. Thank you for the inspiration! ;)

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34 jojo December 20, 2011 at 1:06 am

I love cooking soups in crockpot because it’s so easy!
Put everything in there and just forget about it for few hours! :)
Looks great :)

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35 Roxanne December 20, 2011 at 1:52 am

Kath Quote – “I made a huge batch because I’m taking some to a friend with a newborn tomorrow”
I guess nobody saw this? How very kind of you Kath! A newborn takes up a lot of the parent’s energy and someone bringing supper is so appreciated!

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36 melissa December 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Roxanne, not to give you a hard time, but why do you feel the need to make five comments on each post?

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37 Emily G. @ from my messy desk December 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Because she is responding to other commenters. I don’t see anything wrong with being socialable – even if it’s on the internet via comments. I would rather be acknowledged than ignored.

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38 RachiE December 20, 2011 at 5:04 am

Kath, i love reading your blog so i have your iphone app so i read your posts through there. but it would be amazing if there was a way to comment on the posts through there. hahaha.

nonetheless, your posts never fail to keep me entertained and excited to see what you had for b’fast, lunch, dinner, etc. :D

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39 KathEats December 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

I wish I had the genius to make this possible, but unfortunately I didn’t design it. Thanks for your comment though!

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40 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

I need to use my crockpot more! Maybe I’ll try this recipe today :D

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41 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

I love chili in the winter, so comforting!

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42 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 20, 2011 at 8:26 am

That chili sounds and looks wonderful! :) I love using the crock pot especially in the winter. It’s such a great feeling to come home from work and know dinner is ready!

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43 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

Chili is the best…going to make some next week. All veggie…very yummy…

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44 Heather H December 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

Great recipe – my hubby loves chili, but I’ve never made it. Can’t wait to try this recipe out!

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45 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

All about the crock pot! Looks great :) Likely on our menu this week, too!

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46 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth December 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I read the Hunger Games, having read rave reviews on your blog. What a macabre and horrible story! Strangely compelling though so I read it in 2 – 3 days but will not read any more of the trilogy. I want to read something prettier and altogether more pleasant next.

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47 KathEats December 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Awww – yeah it’s not all happy go lucky stuff. But intriguing and a great story

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48 Lauryn December 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Kath, that looks great! What kinda cheese is that?

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49 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

White sharp cheddar!

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50 Nancy December 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Sorry to say, but I tried this recipe today and it was a fail. I had dried black beans that I soaked overnight along with some pinto beans. We didn’t get home until late tonight so it had been cooking on low for almost 11 hours. The black beans weren’t fully cooked, but the pinto beans were soft. I’m going to try to cook it on the stovetop and see if I can get those black beans to soften up.

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51 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

So sorry to hear that Nancy : ( maybe we each had different kinds of black beans?

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52 L. December 22, 2011 at 10:36 am

You should consider switching to tomatoes that come in a glass jar, as the BPA found in canned tomatoes is the highest of any canned food due to the tomato acidity. They have the glass jar variety at WF.

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