We’re all craving comfort food right now, but with no quarantine end in sight, we also don’t want to load up on heavy food we can’t burn off. Luckily you can have it all with this nourishing, healthy, and comforting chili and cornbread recipe combo.
Lets start with my favorite part, the cornbread! This sugar free yet sweet, fluffy yet skin booting, healthy fat containing, protein boosting recipe is exactly what you’ve been craving. It pairs wonderfully with chili but also tastes indulgent enough for dessert! Add a swipe of vegan or regular butter, really whatever tickles your fancy, for the ultimate cornbread experience.
Cornbread (9 pieces)
1 cup course cornmeal
2/3 cup alternative flour you can use quinoa, oat, cassava, or anything you’d like
1 1/2 cups fresh, canned (drained), or frozen (thawed) corn
A generous pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Mix all ingredients omitting corn in a large bowl, do not over mix!
Gently fold in 1 cup of corn
Add mixture to a greased 9X9 pan
Top mixture with remaining 1/2 cup of corn
Bake cornbread for 25-30 minutes
While your cornbread bakes you can get started on your hearty and healthy chili. Use this recipe as a guideline but feel free to sub any veg or ground meat you have in the fridge! You can also opt for a no meat chili, leave it out, that makes it totally vegan. This chili is the perfect way to avoid food waste and your family members to eat lots of veggies.
Chili (4 servings)
1 tablespoon avocado oil
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 of a red onion (diced)
2 large carrots (chopped)
3 stalks of celery (chopped)
1 lb of grass fed ground beef or humanely raised pork
1 packed cup of greens, spinach, kale, chard, anything you’d like (chopped)
1/4 cup vinegar
1 can of organic chili
A generous pinch of salt and pepper
Red pepper flakes, more red onion, and green onion for garnish (optional)
Heat a large dutch oven or large pot to high heat
Add avocado oil and garlic to pot, cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally
Add in onion, carrots, and celery, cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally
Add in meat, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
Add in greens, vinegar, chili, salt, and pepper, turn stove to low, simmer chili for 10 minutes stirring occasionally
Simple as that! Double the recipe for extra leftovers! If you make it and add in anything to make it even better let me know in the comments below! I hope you loves enjoy this comforting recipe during this difficult time. Love you alwasy!