White Chicken Chili
The boys love their Halloween candy. They have organized the candy multiple times, can name the house that gave them certain pieces, and even made some sort of candy timeline. Don’t ask. Needless to say the candy buyback program is not going to fly with this crew. I decide I will just deal with the candy obsession/addiction and try to teach the boys moderation. Each boy has their own little bucket and is allowed to pick two pieces of candy a day to eat. Yes two pieces, not just one! We live on the edge in our house!
The buckets are placed on my dresser in my bedroom and when a boy wants his piece we go there together. I wait what feels like the longest five minutes ever, as my boys take their time to pick through the cherished candy. Well, of course each boy wants their pieces of candy at different hours of the day. On day one after Halloween, I see the flaws in my system and revert to the honor system–letting the boys just go to my room and get candy on their own. Bawhahahaha that is a joke! Amateur move. Suddenly, I find candy stashed in backpacks, numerous candy wrappers under the beds, and lollipop sticks stuck to my carpet. Clearly . . . moderation and honesty are out the window. Three days after Halloween I am over the whole Halloween candy hell.
Boy #4 insisted on helping cook the pigs in the blanket. I am all about some helping hands!
It was not the prettiest pig in a blanket, but it worked! Mister independent.
To start the detox process the boys need a somewhat healthy dinner, but I am still physically and mentally exhausted from a Halloween hangover. Cue pigs in a blanket, fruit, and veggies. I use organic hot dogs, which totally qualifies as healthy in my book. As much as I love a pig in a blanket, I know there will not be one pig left to spare with this crowd. I have to figure out something for Hotness and I to eat for dinner. Take out? I am too hungry to wait for Hotness to bring take-out home. I need a meal that is fast, easy, and delicious . . . pretty much my criteria for all my meals.
Balance is key…fruits, veggies, and organic hot dogs. Hot dogs are healthy when they are organic, right?
I decide to try my hand at a quick and easy White Chicken Chili recipe I have planned for the weekend. The recipe called for McCormick White Chicken Chili Seasoning Mix, but being the frugal woman I am, I decided to make homemade White Chicken Chili seasoning mix. My chili is so delicious! Hotness and I devour the chili like kids devouring candy on Halloween! Speaking of candy . . . now I have pounds of Halloween candy hiding in my closet. Boy #2 caught me sitting on my closet floor with empty candy wrappers all around me. Clearly, candy and a pregnant woman do not mix well. Any creative Pinterest ideas on what to do with leftover candy that does not involve throwing the candy away? My boys use their own money to buy candy and junk foods, because I do not buy it for them. Just a thought . . . can I sell them their own Halloween candy?
- 48 oz of Chicken Broth
- 1 lb of Cooked Shredded Chicken Breast
- 28oz can of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
- 2 cups Frozen Corn or 2 11 oz cans of Corn (drained)
- 2 cans of Great Northern Beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 package of McCormick White Chicken Chili Seasoning Mix (if you use the packet I highly suggest adding extra spices...cumin, chili powder, etc)
- My White Chili Seasoning Mix
- 1 tablespoon of Chili Powder
- 1 tablespoon of Onion Powder
- 2 teaspoons of Cumin
- 1 teaspoon of Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- 1 teaspoon of Garlic
- 1 teaspoon of Sugar
- 1 teaspoon of White Pepper (adjust to your spice level)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne (adjust to your spice level)
Put all ingredients in a stock pot and bring to a light boil. Turn burner down and allow chili to come to a heavy simmer, simmer until thickened to your liking. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer the chili simmers the thicker it becomes.