Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken? Mixed Vegetables in Spicy Peanut Sauce? Poached Pears in Chocolate Sauce? YES, PLEASE! But, I don't have a whole lot of time, and I eat gluten-free........OK there is a perfect book for me and you. Healthy Slow Cooker, 2nd Edition by Judith Finlayson is filled with 135 recipes that are healthy, easy, and gluten free.
Robert Rose Publishing has done it again by providing recipes and more in an easy, informative, and enjoyable format. I love the recipes in the book, but my favorite are the side notes. There are explanations for antioxidants, amino acids, spices, and phytonutrients, and many more "Natural Wonders" and "Mindful Morsels". Just for you, here is a great recipe for Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken:
Courtesy The Healthy Slow Cooker, Second Edition by Judith Finlayson © 2014 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.
• Medium to large (31⁄2 to 5 quart) slow cooker
1 tbsp oil
2 onions, finely chopped
4 stalks celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp ground cumin (see Tip)
2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cracked black peppercorns
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 can (14 oz/ 398 mL) no-salt added crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups cooked black beans
2 tsp pure chile powder (see Tips)
1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
2 cups cubed (1 inch/2.5 cm) grilled chicken
1 green bell or poblano pepper, seeded and diced
1 can (41⁄2 oz/127 mL) chopped mild green chiles
Shredded Cheddar or Jack cheese or sour cream
Finely chopped red or green onion
1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and peppercorns and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
2. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware. Add stock and beans and stir well. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours.
If you are halving this recipe, be sure to use a small (11⁄2 to 3 quart) slow cooker.
Use a single ground mild chile powder, such as ancho or Anaheim, or a combination thereof.
Makes 6 servings