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Monday Night Meal: Chili and Chili Quesadilla

We want you to start your week off strong with a simple dinner idea that's easy to make and will impress your family. It's our Monday Night Meal presented by Nordic Ware. Emily Dingmann is a nutritionist and mom, she stopped by to make a meal that you can cook once but eat twice.

Easy Homemade Chili Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 large white onion
5 cloves garlic
15.5 oz. can black beans
15.5 oz. can kidney beans
2 lbs. ground beef (80% lean)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
26 oz. jar garlic marinara
14.5 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup beef broth
toppings: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, chopped onion

Directions:
1. Prepare ingredients:
Chop onion.
Mince garlic.
Drain and rinse beans.

2. Heat large pot over medium high heat. Add oil to pot and when it shimmers, add onions, cooking for about 3-4 minutes.  Add garlic to pan and cook for another 2 minutes.

3. Add ground beef, breaking up a bit with the back of a spoon.  Add seasonings to ground beef, stir to combine, and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add marinara, tomatoes (don't drain), beans, and broth to pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Prepare any toppings if necessary.

4. Season with salt to taste and serve with plenty of toppings.

*Reserve 2 1/2 cups of chili for later in the week!

Notes:
•    Get your kids involved! They can: add seasonings to pot, rinse beans, add their own toppings to their bowl.
•    Instead of seasonings, you can use 1 1/2-2 Tbsp. of chili powder. Add salt to taste.
•    Be sure that your marinara sauce is a plainer version, and not one with Italian flavors.
•    Bone broth helps add a really deep and rich flavor, use it if you can!

Chili Quesadilla:
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups leftover chili
2 yellow peppers
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 flour tortillas
sour cream
chopped cilantro

Ingredients:
1. Prepare ingredients:
Heat leftover chili in the microwave or on stove top until warm.
Slice peppers into strips.

2. Cook quesadillas: lay one tortilla in pan. You'll use about 1/2 cup shredded cheese per quesadilla, so sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese down on the tortilla, then scoop the chili over the cheese, spreading it out over the tortilla. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and the other tortilla.

3. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining ingredients for a total of 4 quesadillas.

*Alternatively, you can heat them in the microwave for about 60 seconds, or until cheese has melted.

4. Top with sour cream and chopped cilantro and serve with pepper strips.

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