Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wasatch Mountain Chili with Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Okay ladies, this isn't your typical chili recipe. It is so good and very, very healthy! I love making soups this time of the year when its cold out and especially adding squash to the mix-I feel like you can never have too many soups or squash in the Fall. Here you go...enjoy!

1 medium onion
1 T. cooking oil
1 15 oz. can of hominy, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz. can of Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1 14 oz. can of chicken broth
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and chopped
1/4 C. lime juice
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 C. shredded Colby or Monterrey Jack cheese
Bottled green salsa
white corn tortilla chips

In a large saucepan, cook onion in hot oil over medium heat for 3 minutes. Stir in hominy, beans, chicken broth, chopped chicken, lime juice, cilantro, cumin and pepper. Cover and bring to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally. Serve topped with cheese, salsa, tortilla chips and fresh cilantro. YUMMY!

Wild Rice stuffed squash
2 acorn squash halved lengthwise, seeds removed
2 T. butter
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. dried rubbed sage
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 box (6oz.) wild-rice blend (discard the seasoning packet)
1/2 C. dried cherries (optional)
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, arrange squash cut side down; cover sheet tightly with foil. Roast until tender-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic and sage; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until tender (3-5 minutes). Add rice and
1 3/4 C. water; bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until tender, without stirring-about 25 minutes.
Remove rice from heat and stir in cherries and pecans; season stuffing with salt and pepper. Dividing evenly, mound stuffing into halves and serve.

Sorry I don't have any personal pictures of these 2 dishes. By the time I got it put together with the chaos of having 2 children, I forgot to take a picture of them but if you want to view the squash recipe, check it out here- it is also delicious and pretty to look at!


Scott, Heidi and clan said...

annie, that sounds so yummy! i am so impressed with your healthy recipes, they are not your typical things and i love that!

LaDuke Family said...

That sounds good. I love chili. What is hominy, and where do I find it in the grocery store?