Dear , As I write this in Chicago, it feels like Spring with temps approaching 50! But I know we have a few more good weeks of winter weather, so I'v


Dear ,

As I write this in Chicago, it feels like Spring with temps approaching 50! But I know we have a few more good weeks of winter weather, so I've made sure to include some hearty recipes in this edition. Our Kitchen Tip this month is Cook Less, Make More. Double batch our featured recipe this month (Moroccan Chickpea Chili), and save yourself time next month when you happily pull it out of the freezer to enjoy it a second time!

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Enjoy the spring air and this bit of cooking inspiration!

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Embracing Dinner,

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Featured Recipe: Moroccan Chickpea Chili

1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic

2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in cumin and next 7 ingredients (through red pepper); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups water, tomato paste, chickpeas, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro and juice. Make it hearty and serve over quinoa or rice.


Kitchen Tip: Cook Less, Make More

If there's one thing you can do to make your life easier in the kitchen it is to boost the quantity that you cook each time! Cook less by making more and cover a night of leftovers and lunches throughout the week. Sounds simple enough! Here are a few ways that I incorporate this idea into our week:

1 DOUBLE BATCH / FREEZE METHOD - Double your recipe and freeze half. Keep a list of what you have added to your freezer so that you don't forget about that Lentil Soup you made a few weeks back. If you abide by this every week, you'll have one night when dinner is already made the minute you hit the door. Think hearty soups and casseroles. Our favorites: Gypsy Soup, White Bean Enchiladas

2 DOUBLE BATCH / EAT ALL WEEK METHOD - Double your recipe and serve throughout the week for lunches and / or one reserve for one night of leftovers. Soups and casseroles also work well here, but even better for things that don't freeze well, like previously frozen meats, salads, or sandwiches. We like: Coconut Chicken with Rice, Vegetable Paella

3 GRAINS - Cook up a large amount of rice or quinoa and use throughout the week: as a side dish next to protein, mixed with veggies and greens for a salad, stir fried with scrambled eggs, or serve it warm with honey, almonds, chia and pumpkin seeds for breakfast.

4 PROTEIN BOOST - Grill or bake a larger amount of meat or other protein and serve for dinner as is, then dice or shred leftovers for salad, sandwiches or tacos.

5 SAMPLE QUANTITY BOOST SCHEDULE - Reorder the cooking days as desired, but here's one way you might piece together all of the strategies at once! 3 days of cooking to cover a week of meals. Brilliant!
Day 1: (COOK) Double batch something and eat half
Day 2: Freezer meal from a prior week
Day 3: (COOK) Double Protein and Grain servings, eat half, reserve half
Day 4: Eat other half of Day 1 dinner
Day 5: Green Salad/Taco/Sandwich with leftover Protein and/or Grain from Day 3
Day 6: (COOK) Double batch and freeze half
Day 7: Leftovers


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