Living Lean & Green; How To Cook Green and Healthy For $10 or Less - Awesome Chicken and White Bean Chili
Posted Nov 22 2010 9:10am
While I grew the vegetables for today's episode in my very own front lawn vegetable garden utilizing a rain water cistern to help save money and supply water to grow
the plants, this episode Chef Ryan and I went on-site at the Aqualand Water
Gardens in St. Charles, Illinois. It is the home to Aquascape Inc., which is an
amazing company that installs rain water cisterns, rain barrels, and ponds for
corporations and residences all over the country.
Having locally grown vegetables grown sustainably with less water and
chemicals keeps the price of growing your family's food down to nearly nothing
and makes it incredibly economical and healthy to produce food during a down
Below is a fantastic recipe - easy to make, nutritious, and full of
vegetables from the garden - all for $10 or less.
Awesome Chicken and White Bean Chili
1 lb ground chicken 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large diced
onion 1 medium diced zucchini 2 medium diced tomatoes 1 tsp celery
salt 1 tsp cumin 2 tsp oregano 1 tsp paprika 2 tsp chili powder 2
tsp smashed garlic 1 cup garbanzo beans (substitute any white bean) 2
small fresh hot peppers (if available) 1 diced bell pepper 1/2 bottle
beer 4 cups organic chicken broth (more if you prefer a "soupier" chili)
1. Heat olive oil in pan, saute onions until translucent.
2. Add chicken on top of oil and onions - cook until slightly browned.
3. Add all other ingredients, stirring well.
4. Simmer, covered, one to two hours on medium-low.
Servings: 4 -- cost is under $10
To learn more about rain water cisterns and rain exchange systems for your
garden and lawn, please go to the sponsor for the "Living Lean & Green; How
To Cook Healthy For $10 or Less" video series, Aquascape Inc., at
www.aquascapeinc.com. They have an amazing website filled with ideas to help you
live more sustainably by collecting and utilizing rain water, particularly to
water a garden.
The "Living Lean and Green; How To Cook Healthy For $10 or Less" video series
features Chef Ryan Hutmacher, The Centered Chef of Centered Chef Food Studios
( http://www.centeredchef.com) ,
cooking with me (Shawna Coronado - http://www.thecasualgardener.com)
in my front lawn vegetable garden. Together, we are creating meals which cost a
family of four $10 or less to prepare and features organic vegetables I have
-- Burpee Home Gardens supplied the vegetables grown
in the garden this season. I write many instructional stories and videos with
their incredible vegetable products and donate a large portion of the vegetables
to the local food pantry when harvested.
-- Aquascape, Inc. sponsored the videos and supplied
the rain water cistern for easier watering of the vegetable garden.