Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Creamy white Bean and apple chili

--2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed (I used white kidneys)
--1 onion, chopped
--2 apples, cut in tiny chunks, no need to peel
--3 cloves smashed and chopped garlic
--3 T butter. Yes, butter.
--2 tsp chili powder
--1/2 tsp ground thyme
--1 tsp cumin
--1/4 tsp salt
--1/4 tsp pepper
--3 cups chicken broth (unless you are vegetarian. then you should use vegetable broth. because the chicken would be wrong.)
--1/2 cup plain non fat yogurt
--1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (optional)

The Directions.

Any crockpot over 4 quarts would work well with this dish.

Put the butter into the bottom of your crockpot. Dump in the drained and rinsed beans. Chop up the onion and the apple. Add the spices, and pour in the broth. Stir in the yogurt.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4-5. This is done when the onion has reached desired tenderness and the flavors have melded. Stir in the cheddar cheese before serving.

I think corn bread would be awesome with this dinner. I wish I would have thought of it before just this second.

The Verdict.

This is a good meal. The chili is quite mild---you might want to sprinkle some Tobasco on top, or add more chili powder if you want a kick. This was mild enough for the kids to eat.

I was pleased with both the tang and the creamy consistency the non fat yogurt provided. It didn't separate, and added a nice level of creaminess.

I found this on the 365 blog & thought it looked pretty good. Beans are very low in cost and high in fiber. Fiber helps keep cholesterol.

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