Every blog has its milestones: first post, first comment, or even the first time it is mentioned on another site. Unfortunately, not all firsts are necessarily positive, and this just happens to be one of those firsts. For the first time, I am sincerely apologizing for not blogging for over a week. I know it’s not the end of the world, but I have been so dedicated to posting, it almost feels like neglecting to brush my hair or call my mom. Speaking of mom and family, I really want to thank everyone who called or nicely questioned if I was alright and why I haven’t posted. It really meant so much for your support. And, on another positive note, it really shows me that I can have a bad week of non-blogging and neither I nor my site will spontaneously combust. Good to know.
As for the reason for my neglectfulness: I just went on a two week trip to Paris (with a stop in Koln, Germany) with Ilya! It was an amazing trip full of great highs and lows, where I got to see amazing things and go to amazing places, and of course, let’s not forget about taste the most amazing food. I will add more about that in my next post. When I was leaving for the trip, I thought I could outsmart the posting schedule with the delightful use of technology. I wrote 2 weeks of recipes ahead and scheduled them to post leaving me with enough time to get back and create the next post in a jiffy. Thanks WordPress! Well technology did help me with the posting schedule beautifully, but what it failed to help me with, or rather what I failed to take into consideration, was that by the time I got back from the trip I was so tired it took me an entire week to get everything back in order.
So before I tell you about my trip, I have to mention how much I missed cooking and eating home prepared meals. Don’t get me wrong, eating at a French bistro in the middle of the day in Paris was latterly a dream come true. But after 2 weeks of restaurants and 8 hours of a long flight home, by the time I got back I was CRAVING warm, healthy, protein filled American food and I couldn’t think of any other dish that could fill my appetitive better then vegetarian chilli. This meal is easy to prepare and easy to gulp down. It warms your belly and soul and gives you the energy and emotional boost you need from any long day. So if you need some comfort food, I am pleading with you, try this!
Source: Elona’s Original
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 4 -5 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 2 carrots, cubed
- ½ stalk or about 4 ribs of celery, cubed
- 1 package of Trade Joe’s Gimme Lean
- 1 cup of cooked cannellini beans
- 1 package of Pacific Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- ½ teaspoon to cumin
- ½ teaspoon of Cayenne
- ½ teaspoon of Paprika
- ½ teaspoon of Cajon seasoning
- ½ teaspoon of dry Parsley
- Salt to taste
1. If necessary, cook the cannellini beans according to package instruction or open a canned jar.
2. In an oiled pan, sauté the chopped onions and sliced garlic until light brown or about 5 min.
3. Add the chopped celery and carrots and fry for another 3 min.
4. Add the package of Trader Joe’s Gimme Lean imitation beef. Fry until brown or about 3 more min.
5. Add the cannellini beans, tomato soup and seasoning of ½ teaspoon to Cumin, Cayenne, Paprika, Cajon seasoning, dry Parsley and Salt to taste. Stir. Cook for another 3 min.