After a big holiday – like Thanksgiving – it is best to get right back on track if you were derailed with different foods and lots of food. Healthy food and lots of walks help. Thank goodness for the closeness of the beach when we visit Grandma in Murrells Inlet. It makes it so much fun to go for a walk, and even more so when you have an adorable puppy who wants to run and run and run at the beach. Go Gus Gus!
Having a vegetarian meal is a great idea. We enjoy the local No Bull Veggie Burgers that are made with organic lentils, spinach, carrots, egg whites and spelt. They come frozen in a four-pack. We will have two for a dinner, and that leaves two for another use. Perfect for a meatless chili. I add lots of diced onions to our cold-weather chili. And the veggie burgers just need to be coarsely chopped.
Brown the onions in olive oil. Add the veggie burger pieces to heat through.
Add canned diced no-salt-added tomatoes and rinsed canned kidney beans.
And then the good flavors from seasonings- this can vary with your particular prefs. I added, as you can see, chili powder, prepared Dijon mustard, minced garlic and minced parsley. And then a slow simmer until serving time. Better the second time around, too, so best to make enough to have leftovers.
Nutrition Note: Fiber and vegetarian are two important pieces to getting back on track after the holidays. Fiber helps with weight management (beans are tops in fiber content), and then vegetarian pretty much encourages both more fiber and fewer calories.