You know, the idea that things don’t have to be perfect, just good enough to serve the intended purpose without causing an ulcer in our quest for perfection.
I think our approach to food often fails the good enough test. We oscillate from cooking rather complicated meals, full of ethnic, rather-specific ingredients to pulling white bread, peanut butter, and something that passes for jelly out of the cabinet and calling it dinner. And the next day, we freak out about our lack of vegetable consumption, and go back to making some gigantic ordeal of dinner.
Oh. You don’t do that?
What if we had a handful of dinners up our sleeves that were good enough for any weeknight family dinner? You know, something you wouldn’t put in the state county fair cooking competition, but certainly tasty enough for your family to not look at you like you’ve lost your marbles, and quick enough for you to not lose your marbles.
This is one of those meals. This chili will keep your marbles intact.
But if your goal is to make a dinner that will fill bellies with non-crap food, some protein, some carbs, some veggies, as quickly as humanly possible, then be relieved that you do really only need four ingredients and about 15 minutes of your active time to be the hero of 6 PM Thursday.
Now go find your cape and conquer dinner!
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3 cups cooked black beans (or 2 cans, drained and rinsed)
- 2- 30 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes
- 3 tbsp. chili powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pour all ingredients in a slow cooker, stir together, and cook on high for 4 hours or until sweet potatoes are tender (start checking after 3½ hours). Or simmer in a stock pot over medium high heat for about 20 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender.
Stir-in ideas (right before serving): lime juice, chopped cilantro
Topping ideas: avocado, cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, crackers/tortilla chips
What’s your favorite recipe or quick dinner that is “good enough” for any weeknight meal?