Sunday, November 24, 2013

Super-Easy Slow Cooker Three-Bean Chili

Super-Easy Slow Cooker Three-Bean Chili
I forgot to take a picture of this.  I will add it next time.  This recipe came from our Weight Watchers Weekly (and is where I got the picture until I take my own). 
My first thought when I saw this recipe was that I have everything in my pantry to make this except fresh cilantro and lime - and it did not need to be added till the end. I was heading to the store later that morning, so I put in on too cook.  Anything I can make with the staples in my pantry is always a good thing. 
This recipe did not require much change.  I did use my homemade taco seasoning mix.  It is great and I know what is in it. 
This recipe got a great review from 3 out of 4 of us.  Daniel said it was good, but did not have meat in it.   I can easily see adding meat to this sometimes.  It would change the points value, but if you use the right meat - it remains 0 for simply filling. 
This recipe serves 10.  I made two frozen dinners out of it and the rest was consumed yesterday.  We had warm full bellies on this freezing, windy, rainy Saturday.
This will now be in our winter rotation.  The lime and cilantro give it a fabulous flavor. 


Super Easy Slow Cooker Three-Bean Chili

Serving size for points - 1 1/3 cup

Points plan - 6 pp+/ serving
0 pp+ if doing Simply Filling

I also added a little grated cheese on top. Be sure to add points for cheese.
Daniel said it made great Frito Pie. Be sure to add points for Fritos.
Source: Weigh Watchers Weekly Nov. 17-23
Course: Gluten Free Soup/stew/Chili
Serves: 10


  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans rinsed and drained
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  • 3 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with chilies  (Rotel)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 14 ounce chili seasoning mix  - I used homemade taco seaoning mix
  • 14 oz frozen corn kernels
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro minced


  1. Combine onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours (or low heat 4-6 hours).
  3. Add frozen corn during last hour of cooking.
  4. Stir in lime juice and cilantro just before serving.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Challenge to Blessing

I am crying as I sit trying to decide how to put my thoughts and feelings into words.   This week has been so overwhelming.  It has been filled with joy, love, frustration, anxiousness, anger, sadness, exhaustion, humbleness, honor, praises, terror, lack of sleep,  satisfaction,  happiness all topped with PMS. 

It has been a very difficult start to my year.  There have been so many joyous moments and quite a few frustrating times.  At the beginning of the year I even commented that God must think I am a better teacher than I think I am.  Then things started to look like they were turning around. 

Sunday at church, we had a powerful lesson about GOD IS FOR US.  Those are 4 words that will rock your world and change your life – Rick Atchley.  It does not mean that things will be easy.  But there will be no circumstance that will shake my confidence.   This week put that to the test.  On Monday, I received a new challenge.  As I experienced this challenge this week – I kept saying to God – this is not funny.  Then we were hit with some challenges at home.    Needless to say – this week was frustrating.  Thursday was very rough with both sets of challenges – school and home. 

Friday started off rough at school.  Then I find out the history of my challenge – and anger – no more like rage hit.  How could anyone treat anyone this way.  Tears continue to roll down my cheeks as I think of it.  WHY?!?!?! 

Then I was humbled/ honored.  One week in our class and the family is already seeing a difference at home and this challenge loves me and wants to come to school – which is a big change for this precious blessing.   This precious one still has a very long way to go but now I see it for what it truly is - a gift from God -   a reminder of why I do what I do. 

I know there will be many challenges while going through this journey with these blessings I have been given (there are 4 ---- 5 if you count the one at home).   But with lots of prayer, love, smiles, kind words, hugs, and patience we will not survive - we will all thrive. 

GOD IS FOR US!!!!!!!!!!!

How Great Thou Art!