This week I bring back WIAW with a tale of two meals. One healthy, one indulgent, one holiday, one any day, and both delicious!
The first is my very FAVORITE meal of the entire year: my Mom's Christmas breakfast! I get excited and emotional just thinking about it. I traveled to Virginia after Christmas this year, however I still enjoyed this most special of breakfasts on the 27th. It never made the blog and I just couldn't let that happen!
We all have special Christmas traditions that mean the most to us and this is mine. I don't remember when this breakfast officially became "Christmas breakfast" but it's been about 15 years. The only change is that coffee replaced the chocolate milk with whipped cream of my youth. Although I wouldn't begrudge the return of some whipped fat on my latte!
Christmas breakfast means Grands biscuits with salty, Southern red eye ham, and sharp cheddar cheese. Ah AWESOME!
My Mom also makes baked apples the night before, usually on Christmas Eve. She dices up red & green apples and cooks them down in butter and loads of cinnamon. Kiwi is always enjoyed on Christmas am too. Don't ask why - it's just tradition and you don't mess with it. Dear Pilsbury - your Grands biscuits are amazing. Thank you.
From the indulgence of December comes the focus of January. Butter, cheese, and ham sadly won't be on my table anytime soon. I'm not crazy, however I just feel all over better when I eat better.
Tonight's dinner was warm, healthy, and full of fiber. It is actually FREEZING here in Orlando today! I switched up our meal plan and made green chile chicken chili. Or GCCC (cuz it deserves an acronym).
If my dear husband is reading this...I know you're over chili....I'm sorry...I love it....and I cook...there's always cereal. :)
I used my dutch oven that I got for Christmas to create this comfort masterpiece. I peeked at several recipes online, including this one from Cooking for Two, and went to work.
Green Chile Chicken Chili or GCCC
- 1lb chicken breast cubed
- 1 diced onion
- 1 diced green pepper
- 1 T diced garlic
- 1 T lime juice
- 2 cans drained white beans
- 1 can chopped green chiles
- 1 can chicken broth (you can use more if you want a soupier chili)
- 1 T cumin
- 1 t chili powder
- 1 t cayenne
- 1 t salt
- In a dutch oven brown chicken. Add onions and garlic.
- Add green peppers and spices. Stir well.
- Add green chiles, beans, lime juice, and chicken broth. Simmer as long as you can and enjoy!
- You could also top with cheese or add brown rice.
Do you have a devilishly delicious favorite breakfast?
Love and southern cooking,
Carissa & Kyle