American recipe: Chipotle Chicken Chili dish

I am not a big fan of Chipotles. Too spicy. But try this recipe and you’ll love it!

Ingrediënts

  • 1 onion
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 bottle Mexican Beer {or any beer}
  • 1 can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can White Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 medium Lime, juiced
  • Sour Cream

How to

Cook onions until they are soft, translucent and lightly golden.

Add in the chopped chicken and let that brown for a few minutes. Pour in 3/4 of a bottle of beer, the diced tomatoes, the minced hot pepper, black beans, white beans and kidney beans. Stir to combine.

Season with the chili powder, cumin and kosher salt. Stir, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes.

Once the chili is done simmering; add the remaining beer and stir until it makes a smooth paste. Add the lime juice and let it simmer for 10 minutes to thicken.

Serve in big fat bowls with sour cream!

(recipe tweaked from this one)

American recipe: meatloaf wrapped in bacon

Mmmmmmeatloaf! I love meatloaf. My previous recipe was -what I then believed- a great one. But I tried this one and boy, I was wrong… This meatloaf recipe is less sugary AND easier. Go make it tigers!

Mmmmmmeatloaf! I love meatloaf. My previous recipe was -what I then believed- a great one. But I tried this one and boy, I was wrong… This meatloaf recipe is less sugary AND easier. Go make it tigers!

Serves 4

Ingredients meatloaf:

  • 4 salt crackers
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely grated
  • 600 gr of ground beef / pig
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 5 slices bacon

Ingredients Sauce

  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar, packed
  • tablespoons mustard
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven
  2. Heat the olive oil in pan on the stove. Add onion, carrots and  garlic. Cook until soft and let it cool for five minutes.
  3. Mix the meat, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add onion mixture. And use your hands to mix (the most fun part!!)
  4. Place the meat roasting pan and shape it as meatloaf. Cover it with bacon.
  5. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ground mustard, ketchup and 2 tablespoons of water.
  7. Stir it well and put it on top of the meatloaf.
  8. Bake, brushing every 30 minutes with glaze so the meatloaf doesn’t dry out

Serve and enjoy!

Vegetarian greek lasagna

I love diets! Really. Because I only remember the diets that I like and I can work with. Dieting is really for people who take themselves too seriously. The only rule and diet in my kitchen is that there are no rules except for following my common sense. My common sense often times lets me down, but hey, we keep perfecting over time.

I believe, rock solid, in balanced eating. And balancing, I take that quite literally. After a day when I had 3 pieces of cake (otherwise it was thrown away, really!) and an ice cream (otherwise it would have melted, really!) it’s time for a detox, which usually means: vegetarian recipes and food.

With this vegetarian lasagna (delicious and especially easy), you immediately bring a piece of Greece on the table.

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Mexican oven dish with minced beef

I absolutely adore Mexican food. Haha, just joking. I really don’t like Mexican food usually. Too much great ingredients mixed together and I can’t help it.. I am European, I like my food simple with the best ingredients.

But then I stumbled upon this Mexican oven dish. You hardly need fresh ingredients, you can easily leave out the meat and make it vegetarian and the flavors are delicious. Continue reading “Mexican oven dish with minced beef”