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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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During the colder months here in Florida, I love making one pot meals like soups and stews. Chili is definitely one of our favorites. I’ve played around with some recipes for this dish and found this to be the one I like the best. It’s easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of prep. The best part is… everything’s done in the slow cooker!

The night before, pour 1 pound of dried Great Northern beans into a large bowl. Cover the beans by 3 inches with water, cover and place on the counter. The next day, drain and rinse the beans to remove any excess starch.

Total Time: 6-6 1/2 hrs 15 mins
Inactive Prep Time: Soaking beans overnight
Prep Time:15 min
Total Cook Time:  6hrs 45 minutes
Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
4 boneless-skinless chicken breasts
1-1/2 tablespoons of dried oregano
1-1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 pound of, soaked and rinsed, dried Great Northern beans
2 stalks of celery chopped and cut into half moons
3 cloves of minced garlic
2 cans of chopped green chilies
1 large diced sweet onion
1 died green bell pepper
1 quart of chicken broth
1 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup Masa
1 package of frozen sweet corn
1 lime juiced and 1 lime cut into  wedges for serving
1 cup of grated Monterey Jack cheese, 1/2 reserved for serving
2 avocados, slice for garish
chopped fresh cilantro for serving
corn tortillaschips for serving

Directions:
Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the cumin, coriander, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, white pepper, and Kosher salt. Sprinkle the spices over the chicken. Add the beans, celery, garlic, canned  chilies, onions, and diced bell pepper.

Pour in the chicken broth, put the lid on and cook on low until the beans are cooked, the vegetables are soft and the flavors are combined, about 6-61/2 hrs.

Mix the milk with the Masa in a small bowl then add to the slow cooker. Add the frozen corn right, from the freezer, and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes.

Remove the chicken to a board and shred using two forks. Return to the slow cooker, then add the lime juice, sprinkle in the Monterey Jack cheese and stir to melt.

To serve: Ladle the chili into a bowl and garnish with extra cheese, cilantro, avocado slices, and a lime wedge. Place a few tortilla chips in or on the side for garnish.

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Brown And Wild Rice Medley

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Taking help from your local grocery store is not something you should ever feel guilty about. For weeknight meals, I’ll use the grocery store as my sous chef.  I take advantage of what I call “short cuts”. There’s nothing better than adding a few great ingredients to quick-cooking rice to make it into something special. This is my Brown And Wild Rice Medley.

I found, “Minute Rice” has come out with a brown and wild rice variety, in cups. Basically, the rice is ready to serve in sealed cups.

For this dish, I’m using a store-bought fresh Cantina-style salsa. I absolutely love this variety of salsa so it’s a staple in my house. This is a side dish that pairs well with chicken, pork, or fish.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sauté pan, serving bowl, chef’s knife

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 4.4-ounce cups of ready-to-serve Brown and Wild Rice
1 15-ounce can of black beans, reduced sodium, drained and rinsed
1 11-ounce can of shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
1 plum tomato, seeded and finely diced
1/2 a green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 a white Spanish onion, diced
1 teaspoon of  Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of fresh Cantina-style salsa (14-ounce container available in most produce departments)
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro leaves

Directions:
Start by cooking the Minute Brown and Wild Rice. Pull or cut the film to remove from cup. Place the cup in the microwave and heat on high for 1 1/2 minutes (cooking time for 2 cups). Important: remove cups carefully from the microwave taking hold of cup from the side using an oven mitt or potholder.

Prep the vegetables, drain and rinse the black beans and shoepeg corn, and chop the cilantro.

In a sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, diced onions, and green peppers. Sprinkle with the Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, stir through. Once they’ve started softening, about 3 to 5 minutes, add the cooked ready-to-serve Brown and Wild rice and stir. Next, add the drained and rinsed, shoepeg corn and black beans. Continue stirring and let the black beans and shoepeg corn warm through another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the salsa stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat, add in the chopped cilantro.

Serve my Brown And Wild Rice Medley warm or at room temperature.

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Confetti Sweet Corn

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White corn and shoepeg corn are my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I like yellow corn, but if I had to choose it’s always the white variety. My Confetti Sweet Corn is so colorful it looks like a party on your plate.

If I can find fresh white corn on the cob because I would definitely grill the corn first to add a hint of smokiness to this dish. If corn on the cob isn’t in season, frozen white shoepeg corn is my “go to” for this dish. Not to worry, my Confetti Sweet Corn is going to be super delicious.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: Cast iron skillet

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 10-ounce packages of thawed frozen shoepeg corn (substitute 6 corn on the cob)
1/4 cup of carrots, 1/4 inch dice
1/4 cup green bell pepper, 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup of red bell pepper, 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup of red onion, 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper

Directions:
In a cast iron skillet, melt butter and olive oil over medium heat. Next, add in all the veggies with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Sauté for about 3 to 5 minutes, enough to soften and get some color on the veggies. Add the corn in just to warm through, stirring everything together for another 2 minutes. Turn the heat off, then add in the fresh chiffonade basil leaves, toss to combine. Pour into a serving bowl.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Directions For Grilling Corn:
Note: Add 30 minutes to cooking time.
If using an indoor grill pan start by heating the grill on medium heat. Brush the ears with a little Canola oil first before setting them on the grill. Grill the corn allowing all sides to get those nice grill marks rotating every 5 to 6 minutes. The entire process will take around 30 to 35 minutes. Next, let them cool down a bit before trying to handle them to remove the kernels. Transfer to a bowl and set aside until your ready to add them with the rest of the veggies.

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