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Day 385/ Chili Soup

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

emoticon thank you guys so much for the positive and encouraging words. emoticon

emoticon So I followed the vegetarian chili recipe to a 'T'. It was horrible. It started out smelling great but ended up tasting like I had dipped my tongue in the chili powder. I could not get the flavors right. I'm going to find a new recipe and try again, but in the meanwhile, I asked DH for help, so he said let's do an experiment tonight and I'll teach you about marrying flavors. That didn't really happen, I still have no clue how to make a chili because the concoction we made was not even close to a chili. He decided to experiment and do the base from chicken stock and pureed roasted red bell pepper. No tomatoes added. But don't get me wrong, it's the most wonderful vegetable soup I've ever put in my mouth. It has roasted leeks, zucchini and celery that has been 'sweated', french green beans cut into small peices, black beans, and that roasted red bell pepper base. It's amazing. I love it. I've never tasted anything like it. It is not a chili, emoticon I love him to bits, but this is what I'm talking about. I don't want to sound ungrateful, he experimented and discovered a new soup that totally works. But it is not the vegetarian chili I'd set out to make. For one it also has chicken in it. That was the first thing he put in it. But, as he reminded me, I'm diabetic now and am supposed to be eating protein. He did the whole thing with me in mind. So it makes it kinda hard to be upset about the whole chili thing. I love him so much!! He's so sweet emoticon

emoticon No workout this morning. I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Ow. Had to take something for it last night. It was really bothering me, I wasn't able to help with the soup much because I had to sit down for most of it. So I sat and did most of the knife work. I am going to try to work out later today, if my back is calmed down. I don't want to lose the momentum I suddenly have. Yes, body parts are going to hurt, but that is no reason to quit. I must keep going.

This is the message that greeted me yesterday morning during my workout. I'd never really paid attention to it before. But it changed my outlook on my workout. I have a purpose. I have passion. It is not just pain. I can do this. I will do this. This will be the time that I win. Another great quote from her is 'why choose failure when success is an option?' If I quit working out, I'm choosing failure. I'm not going to do that to myself. I'm choosing success. I'm going to win. emoticon

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  • DS9KIE
    I make a veggie chili that I have posted on my spark blog (there are three but its really one recipe that I made three different ways)...I don't use any broth, what I use is a can of tomatoes, tomato paste and pumpkin...yes pumpkin it makes it creamy and a little sweet and oh so yummy.

    I use alot of different veggies that you may not see in chili that you don't have to use, I add extra veggies cause its what I have and need to use up and I just figure the more veggies the better.

    Once I added veggie meat and once I added a type of grain I didn't need them cause I didn't really taste them. I always add mushrooms, beans, onions and greens in everything cause I always have alot and they are good for you anyways.

    I always start out with a little bit of spices to see if I like and then add until I like and I use several recipes to make this chili.

    this is the latest chili recipe and I didn't have mushrooms(eeeekkk I was out) so that is why there are no mushroom (I added some later)


    I hear you on the protein and animal produces, there are protein in all fruits and veggies....ok I could on and on but if you want some info to share with you DH just let me know.

    any questions just ask and have a great day emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1486 days ago
    I think Spark probably has a great veggie chili recipe and the beans will provide your protein. I usually start out by trying the recipes that have a lot of awesome reviews, but sometimes a newer post looks, and turns out to be, great. It may have not been up long enough to garner a lot of reviews. SparkRecipes has come to my rescue many times.

    Lucky you to have a husband who invented that fabulous soup for you! Sounds as if it was a real find...........I think he was too!
    1486 days ago
  • SILVER1369
    1491 days ago
    Wow- guess the quote from failures come our success is right. The chili to soup thing is an example!

    RE Exercise: Please do not push through the pain- that is your body telling you something is wrong. As GGRSPARK says, do the back exercises- gently!! There are many ways to get cardio, and one of those is chair exercises.

    Keep that Attitude of Gratitude, and keep SPARKING!!

    1491 days ago
    One option that might work for you is to use the morning star brand soy based frozen product that is seasoned to be like crumbled ground beef. It is vegetable but has flavor that might be more similar to what you expect.
    1491 days ago
    Your cooking with your husband sounds like fun. A little caution though re your back, before going off on another tough workout, check the site for stretches for your back, and use some ice for the painful area.
    1491 days ago
  • CNHAY5
    Great quote! 👍🏻
    1491 days ago
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