Anyone else remember the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”? Well, Roger Rabbit’s cartoon girlfriend looked something like this:
This is what I felt like after my fill on Wednesday minus the sexy vibes. I had muscle spasms galore. I hurt so much that I took muscle relaxers during the day and called in a friend to bring me some lunch. I would not have survived without one of my best friends bringing me my favorite fast food! In truth, I didn’t stop feeling sore until yesterday (Saturday!).
Reconstruction through the week
I spent Wednesday and Thursday glued to the couch. Truly, I could’t do much else. This has been a roller coaster ride. One day I feel fine. The next, I have a fill that hurts and have to spend two days recovering. I’m taking one day at a time and learning to appreciate the time alone to indulge in chick flicks, rest, and heal.
Chilling with chili: a reconstruction meal go-to
I’ve needed to come up with some meals that are low-maintenance and lasting that the whole family for those days when I know I won’t feel up to traditional stovetop cooking. Most importantly, these meals can’t require a lot of elbow grease in the prep department.
Recovering or not, I think meal time is a challenge for most people. When I need an easy meal for hurried dinner times, I turn to my crockpot. I’m also into pretending it’s fall and fall means warm, hearty food. So, here’s my recipe for my Chilling with Crockpot Chili!
Chilling with Crokcpot Chili: Meal make-ahead
- 4 (14.5oz) cans Diced, Roasted Tomatoes
- 1 small (4oz) can tomato sauce
- 14.5oz can of either red or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 1lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp chili powder (or more to taste if you like spicy)
- salt to taste
- Fritos or chip of choice for garnish
- shredded cheese or sour cream for topping, if desired
Brown the meet in a large skillet along with diced onion and garlic. Once browned and onion is softened, add to a large crockpot. Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, and spices. Stir ingredients and set crockpot temperature to low. Let chili cook for several hours to blend flavors.
I like to make this in the morning and leave to cook all day. We like to eat the chili topped with shredded cheese and serve it with Fritos Scoops.