Monday, January 3, 2011
Lately I have been getting the worst protein cravings ever. I think that it has less to do with the running and more to do with all of the weightlifting. That and the fact that I have almost completely weaned my body off of meat with the exception of sushi. Either way, I crave protein all the time. It's more than a little ridiculous. Gone are the days of "needing" chocolate. It's all about the protein powder, the boca burger, black beans, peanut-butter, eggs, and greek yogurt. The other day I came home and had a boca burger with eggs on top. It was disgusting, but my body wanted it. So in the spirit of my insane protein love, I want to share my Super Vegetarian Protein Overload Chili recipe that helps with my cravings.
Super Vegetarian Protein Overload Chili
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of red beans
1 large helping approximately 2 can sizes of either fresh or canned of black beans
2 cups of water
Lightly mash beans and set aside for later.
2 white onions diced
1 yellow and 1 red bell pepper sliced
Chili Powder (to taste)
Hot Sauce (to taste)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Saute onions and chopped up bell-peppers in a generous amount of oil oil. Add chili powder. When vegetables have softened a reasonable amount add the mixture to the beans and heat over the stove. At this point add any desired seasoning like the hot sauce and salt and pepper. Heat only until the mixture simmers. There is no need to cook the soup any longer after the flavors have been married together.
Serve hot with cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes for garnish, and a dollop of greek yogurt which works and tastes just like sour cream, while adding even more protein to the soup.
(Note on cooking soups too long)
Don't cook your soups to long. I don't understand why people do it. No I do understand why people do it, its just stupid. Here is why. Vegetables cook at different rates, that is why you cook them separately from one another. It preservers their flavor profiles. When you add them to the soup base they do not need to be cooked any longer. To do so only destroys the vegetables/and the meat. It takes longer, and doesn't taste as clean and flavorful.
Ran 4 miles
Ran 3 miles (But didn't want to do anything this day at all!!!!)