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i <3 treadmill. plus a chili recipe & a tortilla chip challenge!

Happy day! It is in the single digits here with a severe wind chill advisory. So. Running outside still isn’t a possibility right now; but running on the treadmill finally is! We were able to maneuver out of the ice and leave our house for the first time in three days. 0218150734Technically I guess Anthony and I left the house yesterday — for a short little walk in the neighborhood. It was freaking freezing.0218150740bAnyways — back to that run! I usually hate the treadmill, but in times like these I am so grateful for its existence. After being cooped up for so long, I ran my heart out. And I wore a tank top in protest of winter.0219150657a1 mile @ 8:40; 2 miles @ 6:55; 1.5 miles @ 6:44; 1.5 miles @ 8:25. So happy to move my legs again!!0219150652aIn other news: We’ve been hosting my parents for the past couple days! Since the events they were in town for got canceled due to snow, we decided to have our own event last night: Tortilla chip taste-off._DSC0028The contenders: Late July vs. Food Should Taste Good. My mom and I are both suckers for BOGO deals, so we had four bags on hand…

Plain tortilla:tortilla_chips_food_should_taste_good_DSC0025and crazy flavors!tortilla_chips_food_should_taste_good__DSC0031The unanimous winner: Food Should Taste Good multigrain! It had just enough flavor and enough crunch. Everyone except my dad also agreed that the bacon habanero chip was just weird.

But they all tasted great when dunked in chili and washed down with beer :)_DSC0044Our food supplies were pretty low yesterday — the only vegetables I had on hand were some peppers and an onion! I dug up some ground sirloin from my freezer and beans from my pantry… and boom. Chili was born.sirloin_chili_DSC0036I’ve been making this recipe for years and loosely jotted down the recipe here and here. But it’s time to make it formal. So, here you go!

Simple Beef Sirloin Chili (makes 4-6 servings)

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 – 1.5 pounds ground beef (sirloin is tastiest!)
  • 2 cans beans (I prefer hot chili beans), drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili in adobo sauce or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Toppings: Greek yogurt, avocado, shredded cheese, cilantro, green onions, chips!Capture

Directions: In a large pot, saute onions, bell peppers, and garlic in olive oil on medium-high heat. Add meat and cook until meat is just barely browned. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium/low for 45 minutes to two (or more!) hours. Top with toppings. The end.sirloin_chili__DSC0040Stay warm out there!

  • Favorite chili recipe?
  • Longest time you’ve gone without leaving your house?
  • What are you doing at this very single moment?!

6 thoughts on “i <3 treadmill. plus a chili recipe & a tortilla chip challenge!

  1. I was cooped up for the last three days in D.C., too. No home gym, so I resorted doing random yoga youtube videos. Yesterday after work I also ran my heart out, on the treadmill, but still it felt so good to shake out my legs.

  2. I have a vegetarian quinoa chili that I love.
    I’ve never gone more than day without leaving my house.
    I don’t love the treadmill, bug I’m definitely thankful for it this week!!
    Right now, I’m catching up on emails:)

  3. In college I realized that some grocery stores (like Publix) will let you buy just one of a BOGO deal for half price- game changer for a poor college student cooking for one!
    Stay warm!!