Best Easy Muffin and Chili Meals

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Corn Muffins Through Time

In ancient Israel, cooks prepared cakes of corn meal or other grain and a little oil. In the Old South, plantation slaves did the same on the back of hoe blades over a fire. Muffins are a more modern version of the old favorites.

An Easy Cooking Lunch for Work

♣ Meal In A Muffin ♣

Serves 6 - 8

Each of these large muffins contains vegetables, meats, and cheese for a hand-held meal that is good for lunch at work.This recipe makes an easy alternative to the hand pie, empanada, or pastie.

As a vegetarian option, you can substitute sauteed eggplant or other additional vegetables for the meat and cheese, if you like.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • Pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin, optional
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup low-fat milk or us an 8-punce container of plain yogurt
  • ½ cup copped onions
  • ½ cup chopped green peppers

An alternative to chopped green peppers is to slice the bell pepper into thin strips and sauté then lightly. This brings a different flavor and texture to the muffin.

  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms (sauté like)
  • ½ cup crumbled cooked sausage, bacon, or diced kielbasa
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese

Preparation and Baking Time - About 35 Minutes

  • Mix the corn meal and flour together in a large bowl. [If you use all-purpose flour, add ½ teaspoon salt and 1 Tablespoon baking powder. ]
  • Add pepper, to taste. This could be black pepper, white pepper, or red pepper. Add the cumin if you desire a smoky type of flavor. Mix well.
  • Add oil and mix well.
  • Add milk or yoghurt and mix well.
  • Add vegetables and meat and mix.
  • Add cheese and mix finally to form a moist ball of dough. Add a little more milk or yogurt of the mix is too dry. If too moist, add a little more corn meal.

Fill muffin pans 3/4 full of dough.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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Easy Dinner

This dish might become lunch for the next day at work.

≥ Sausage-Veggie Chili Bowl ≤

Vegetarian options included

In place of sausage, additional vegetables may be used. Sometimes I use fresh mushrooms or sauteed eggplant or a combination of both. Other times I substitute 1 can of another type of bean so that I have dark kidney beans and black beans in the same dish. Still other times I use 3-4 kinds of beans or use both white/Spanish and red onions. A group of possibilities makes this dish a surprise every time.

Equipment and Tools

  • Clean and Sanitized Cutting Board.
  • Kitchen Knives
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cup
  • Can Opener
  • Small Saucepan
  • Cast Iron Skillet with Lid
  • Mixing Spoon

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Celery Ribs, chopped
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • ½ Cup chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • ½ Cup chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 Pound of Sausage links, any kind you like [substitute vegetables, if you like]
  • 1 Can diced Tomatoes with green peppers or chilies [Old Gold brand is very good], with the juice
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans (dark or light) or Black Beans, drained
  • 2 Cups of water (I use spring water, vegetable broth or chicken stock)
  • 5 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green Chilies or 1 Tbsp chopped Jalapeno
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ Cup shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 Bunch of scallions or green onions, including half of green tails, chopped

Preparation takes about 30 minutes

  • Chop the vegetables or buy pre-chopped or chopped-frozen at the market.
  • In the bottom of a saucepan, pour EVOO to just cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Sauté the celery, onion, and sweet peppers in the EVOO until tender-crisp and don't overcook. Remove the pan from heat and set aside.
  • Pour EVOO to cover the bottom of the cast iron skillet and break the sausage meat into it. Cook the meat over medium-high heat until sausage is completely browned, but not overdone. Drain excess grease and return skillet to the burner.
  • Stir tomatoes, kidney beans, water or stock, tomato paste, chilies or Jalapeno, and the seasonings into the skillet.
  • Bring the skillet mixture to a hard boil and then immediately reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer the mixture uncovered about 20 minutes until the desired level of thickness.
  • Spoon into chili bowls and garnish with shredded cheese and chopped green onions or scallions.
  • Alternatively, if you like a thinner dish, cook for less time and add seasoned croutons that will soak up the good flavors.

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Rudra 8 years ago

Those muffins are awesome


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks Rudra! I thought about it when I woke up this morning and they turned out pretty well.


highwaystar 8 years ago

Hey Patty, you've got the work day into perspective, I'm doin' muffin...thanks.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Good news, highwaystar! I'm glad you visit these hubs.


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About-The-Home 8 years ago

Yum, yum.

Can I pick them up on my way to work?


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Now we are talking MUFFINS wow.

We gave those sausages to our sons at least once a month we called them crazy SAUSAGES.

May be it sent them all mad

In fact if they ring, which they all do once a week.

If we tell them we are having crazy sausages, they make an excuse to come for dinner tonight or tomorrow


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Dear Home and MrMarmalade,

Zsuzsy and I will have to open a Crazy Sausages Muffin Meal stand to practice for intiating a chain of wonderful food outlets on the Canada-US Border some day.

If I had a big enough oven, I would begin offering them for pick up as we speak.

To dream, perchance to cook...


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JerseyGirl 8 years ago from Jersey Shore

Meal in a muffin? I could not have thought of a better meal! Dee-lisss.

Um, thanks for sharting.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

They turned out great, so I will make more of these. Three days a week I eat no meat, so vegetables galore in a muffin!


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debrakcarey 8 years ago from West Plains, Missouri

Thanks for posting these recipes, I'm always looking for new ideas for healthy eating.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

O, thank you very much. I whop you will post some more good recipes as well, debrakcarey; welcome to Hub Pages!


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arthritiscare 8 years ago

Thanks for the information!

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