A Dozen Awesome Cozy Bowls of Goodness

A Dozen Awesome Cozy Bowls of Goodness

A Dozen Awesome Cozy Bowls of Goodness

When the rain starts to pour and the temperatures drop, all I want to do is keep my soup pot bubbling with something completely cozy and delicious. Soups, chowders, and chilis were made for repelling the autumn chill. Here are eight of my tried and true favorite recipes, plus four more that I can’t wait to try this season from some of my favorite food bloggers.

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Chili with Gnocchi is a magical mixture of spicy, meaty chili and soft, pillowy potato dumplings. I can’t stop eating.

Chicken Corn Chowder | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken Corn Chowder is so full of flavors and textures, every bite is interesting.

Bacon Black Bean Chili from Awesome on 20

Bacon Black Bean Chili is smoky and spicy and loaded with black beans which I’m pretty sure are magical.

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spicy Chicken Chili has long been my husband’s very favorite family recipe.

Ham and Potato Soup from Awesome on 20

Ham and Potato Soup is great for using up leftover ham, but there’s no need to wait around for all that to make it.

Green Minestrone | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Green Minestrone is the perfect soup for vegetable lovers.

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Black Bean and Chorizo Soup can be made in under 30 minutes.

Cheesy Potato Soup | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheesy Potato Soup might be one of the most indulgent things ever to grace your soup bowl.

I don’t have an Instant Pot, but I’m definitely going to find a way to make this Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder. I mean… come on!

Everything about this Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta sounds completely awesome.

This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili looks pretty ridiculous. I’m into it.

Grilled Corn Chicken and Bacon Chowder is like the soup equivalent of woolen socks. It’s the epitome of coziness.

Get yourself in the kitchen and keep it cozy, friends.

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Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spicy Chicken Chili

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The gravity seems to be increasing lately on my downward spiral of self-loathing. I’ve been quietly beating myself up over my job, my appearance, my weight, my blog, my Instagram game, just about everything. I’m horrible for comparing myself to others, but that’s sort of how I ended up here in the first place. Frustrated by looking at the seemingly perfect lives of comfortably middle class women who seem to have it all figured out, I decided to create my own space for people who are always broke and a bit of a hot mess. I still can’t seem to look away from their perfectly manicured lives. Even their vulnerability seems to be more perfect and beautiful than mine.

Where am I going with this? I have no idea. I guess I need to thank you for going on this journey with me. Chances are, you’re not here for the journey. You’ve skipped over all this self-exploration and gone straight to the food. If you’re digging into this mess, though, let’s hug it out and comfort ourselves with something delicious while we dig deep to remember our own self-worth.

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made you everyone’s favorite, Spicy Chicken Chili. I make this for guests all the time, and they all want to go home and make it again fr themselves. In fact, I’ve made this dish for this blog before. Maybe I’ve gotten better at this whole food photography thing in the past five years? Still a long way to go.

Any dang ways, if you’re at all fond of the smoky, spicy flavors of chili, you absolutely must try this recipe. It’s hearty and packed with layers of flavor and textures. You can pretend like it’s healthy because of the chicken, but there’s also a healthy dose of cream in this pot of goodness, so I’m not sure it’s diet friendly. I super don’t care. Spicy Chicken Chili is worth every calorie. It’s ridiculous.

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Maybe you’re having a hard time finding the awesomeness in your life today. It’s out there somewhere. Spicy Chicken Chili will definitely bring the awesome to you and everyone who eats it.

Spicy Chicken Chili
Serves 4
Everyone knows that Spicy Chicken Chili is completely awesome.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Tbsp butter
  2. 1-1/2 to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size chunks,
  3. 1/4 cup flour
  4. 1/2 onion, diced
  5. 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  6. 2 cups chicken stock
  7. 1 cup heavy cream
  8. 2 Tbsp chili powder
  9. 1 tsp ground coriander
  10. 1 tsp ground cumin
  11. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  12. 15 grinds black pepper (1/2 Tbsp)
  13. 1/2 Tbsp salt
  14. 2 cans cannellini beans, drained
  15. 1 7 oz can green chiles
  16. sour cream to garnish
  17. shredded cheese to garnish
  18. tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. After you’ve cut up your chicken, don’t forget to season it a bit with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Sprinkle it in and give it a toss.
  2. In a large pot, melt your butter over medium high heat.
  3. Add chicken and cook until browned on all sides and just cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate to hang out while you get on with it.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour and stir it with the melted butter to make a roux, or thick paste. Sometimes the chicken gives off a lot of liquid when cooking, so you may need to add a bit more flour. If you don’t make it pasty, the sauce won’t thicken later. Cook for about one minute or it starts to smell nutty.
  5. Stir in the onion and pepper. Let it cook for a few minutes to soften.
  6. Add in about half of your chicken stock slowly, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the pan. Stir out any lumps before adding in the next batch of stock.
  7. Stir in the heavy cream. Allow the mixture to come back to a boil, then simmer for about five minutes to thicken.
  8. Add your spices and seasonings and make sure they’re incorporated. Don’t leave any clumps of cumin behind.
  9. Next, stir in the beans and green chiles.
  10. Add your chicken back in, give everything a good mix, and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes before serving.
  11. I like to crush some chips into the bottom of the bowl, then spoon over the chili, and top it with some sour cream and cheese. Make it awesome.
Notes
  1. If you live in a place where you can't easily buy canned green chilis (such as Scotland) just throw in a couple of extra fresh green or red chilis, diced, with your onion and bell pepper.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I have become a master of sourcing American ingredients in foreign countries. I have to admit, it feels like cheating a bit here since I speak the language and anything I can’t find in stores I can probably order from Amazon. Still, occasionally I have to go questing for certain ingredients. 

I’ve already changed the grocery store we get our deliveries from because the first one didn’t carry panko bread crumbs. I thought they had pumpkin, too, but it turns out they don’t carry it in our area. Luckily I just hopped on the subway and popped into the cutest little Mexican market, Lupe Pinto’s, and picked up a can and made cheesecake. They have all sorts of great Mexican and American ingredients in there, so if you’re a Yankee in Glasgow, be sure you check it out.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I was all prepared to go on a long quest for the cornmeal for this recipe. See, I’m a Jif corn muffin mix lover myself, but I knew there was no way I was getting that here, and I didn’t want to wait until our next grocery order came in. Luckily, I only had to walk about a half mile down our street to obtain it. If you’re making this recipe, you can totally save yourself time by using a corn muffin/bread mix, but I’ll tell you how I made mine just in case.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac is so comforting and so easy. It’s full of flavors I love, not to mention great textures. The squishy pasta, the stringy cheese, the grittiness from the cornbread… It makes me so happy. I like to take it out of the oven when the top is just starting to turn golden so that the corn batter is still a little under done on the bottom. It gives it sort of a polenta effect which I enjoy. If you want yours 100% cornbready, just cook it about five minutes longer.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love it when things are easy and convenient, but every once in a while, we need a challenge. A quest that makes the prize worthwhile. Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac is totally worth it!

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac
Serves 4
Chili, cheese, and macaroni get topped with a layer of golden cornbread for this ultra-comforting Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups uncooked macaroni
  2. 2 cans or 3 cups of your favorite chili
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar or pepperjack cheese
  4. 1 batch of your favorite corn muffin mix OR
Cornbread Topping
  1. 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornmeal
  3. 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/3 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 and spray a 2 quart casserole or other baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Put a pot of water on to boil and cook your macaroni a minute or two shy of the package directions. Drain.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, you can prepare your cornbread mix. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add in the egg and milk, and stir until everything comes together and there are no lumps. Set aside.
  4. When your pasta is cooked, add it to the bottom of the casserole dish. Spoon and spread your chili over this to cover it all, then sprinkle on the cheese. Finally, carefully spread the cornbread mixture over the top. It will be pretty sticky, so don't worry if it doesn't go exactly to the edge or you have a few small holes.
  5. Bake your chili mac in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
http://awesomeon20.com/
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