Chilly Chili

This daylight savings is still messing me up – we’re already done with dinner, but I feel like it’s 9 pm, not 7:30! It doesn’t help that it’s totally gross here today: gray, gloomy, chilly, and pouring down rain.

My snack made my afternoon a bit better today – I brought a blueberry Oikos from Kristina at Stonyfield (thanks again!) and some trail mix.


This trail mix is one we got from Walmart, but I forget the brand. It has whole raw almonds, almond slivers, raisins, craisins, and dark chocolate.


It’s awesome in yogurt – and oatmeal! The dark chocolate is just sweet enough to counter the tart yogurt + dried fruit.

We drove home in the nasty weather and I got started on dinner as soon as I had our lunch dishes washed and out of the sink.


Do you call anything with chili powder “chili”? Because I think I do.


Exhibit A: This recipe has no ground beef at all or any other normal chili ingredients, but it has chili powder… so I’m calling it a chili  :)

Veggie Barley Chili

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup quick cooking barley
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 cup green beans (frozen/thawed or fresh)
  • ancho chili powder (about 2 Tbsp?)
  • cumin (1 Tbsp)
  • garlic (1 Tbsp)
  • salt (1/2 Tbsp)
  1. Heat water to a boil and add in Rotel and barley. Bring down to a simmer and let cook 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in beans, corn, and green beans and let cook 5-10 more minutes or until barley is cooked.
  3. Stir in seasonings to taste.
  4. Top with scallions and avocado (optional). And hot sauce!


I’ve made a dish like this before, but I’ve never added green beans to it. I liked them in this! Plus, I liked having one non-starchy veggie in the meal. And avocado + hot sauce just makes everything better.

I’m having a Full Moon again tonight while blogging and watching some tv with Nick.

We like joking on people we see on tv. Case in point: Nick had it on the speed channel tonight and they have this game where guys pick the time they think a driver will finish in on this short track. There some funny roommates on there and Nick and I both just started imitating them – it was hilarious  :)  It’s always good when you can laugh at just about anything.

I’m ready for pajamas – night!


  1. Thank you for your comment on my post this morning–I really appreciate it.

    Your chili looks delicious…anything with chili powder and avocado is a good idea in my book. :-)

  2. I call anything with beans and chili powder chili. I think its the combo. I actually don’t like meat in my chili too much.

    Tonight is TV with Hunni night. We are going to watch V because he got me addicted las week :-)

  3. A chili in my mind needs to be much thicker, but whatever floats your boat.
    And the avocado on that looks so good!

  4. The next time I make soup, I have have to add an avocado! Looks great :)

  5. Haha for some reason I think of anything with kidney beans as chili so I’d call your meal chili too. Looks great whatever it is! :)

  6. It looks so good topped with that avocado!

  7. Love the avocado in the dish!

  8. I love avocado in soup. So unexpected!

  9. I have newly become obsessed with hot sauce this year. My life was definitely missing something without it. :)

  10. MMM – your chili looks awesome. I LOVE AVOCADO in ummm anything!!!

    It was so awesome to finally meet you this weekend. I LOVED watching you present – you were so cute. I definitely think we all need to do it again soon – it was too much fun!

  11. Oh! Your chili looks great, love the avocado in it…yummie!

  12. That chili looks sooo good!

  13. That “chili” looks amazing! I love anythingwith beans and chili powder, the avocados look the best.

  14. I love that chili! I make similar, but I add a lot of frozen and fresh veggies too. It really is tasty and filling

  15. Looks like a fantastic chili to me! I love barley but hardly ever use it so I’m happy to see it in this recipe :)

  16. i love the looks of that trail mix, it looks really great because everything is so chunky. i love when the pieces are huge like that! :)

  17. Umm totally agreed that avocado and hot sauce on chili is amazing!!! I did that all the time a month or so ago.

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