White Chicken Chili with S&W Beans

This post was sponsored by S&W Beans as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I love a good bowl of chili! It’s hearty, filling, healthy, and my whole family will eat it. You can’t go wrong with a one-pot meal that will do that! My girls especially love crunching up tortilla chips and blowing/sprinkling them on their chili a la Nacho Libre :) S&W Beans sent me a big old box of beans to try out and I was excited to see some new (to me) varieties in there! The White Chili Beans on the left were perfect for this recipe, as pointed out on the label. I’m so creative ;) Have you ever opened a can of beans before and they aren’t the best quality? I recently bought an off-brand and was so disappointed while rinsing them. They started to fall apart in the strainer! S&W Beans aren’t like that. They’re better…they look great and taste great. It’s no wonder, since they’ve been holding the bean industry to the highest standards for over 120 years! Their beans are beautiful to look at and healthy to eat. One of baby June’s most favorite foods right now is beans! She loved these after they’d been softened, cooked, and cooled down of course. I love having another healthy option to feed her, and all of us for that matter!  This chili won’t be around for long. My husband was scraping the pot for the rest of it once he had a taste and realized how healthy it was! If you don’t like heat, I’d add less jalapeño pepper and cumin to start. To get a great deal on your own S&W beans, see the coupon link at the bottom of this post!

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White Chicken Chili
 
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  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can S&W white beans
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can S&W white chili beans
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 medium Anaheim pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • Tortilla chips, for topping
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse the canned white beans, set aside.
  2. Add the canola oil to a large French oven and heat over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste. Add the cumin (less than 1 Tablespoon if you want to stay on the mild side) and chili powder and continue to sauté for 1 more minute. Pour in the chicken stock and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes. Use an immersion blender, or transfer some of the chili to a blender, to blend to desired consistency.
  3. After 20 minutes of simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary. Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken and cilantro and simmer until heated through, about 5 more minutes. Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and cilantro.

Enjoy!

S&W Beans has a coupon for $1 off 2 cans of S&W Beans! Get and print the coupon, good through April, from their website here.

Meal Milestones with OXO tot!

OXO sent me products to facilitate my review. As always, all opinions are 100% mine!

Baby June has been all about feeding herself recently! At 6 months, I introduced purees to her. She gagged, winced, and made faces no matter what I gave her! Fruits, veggies, rice cereal mixed in…she was NOT a fan. I was worried because Ada and Lola were both great eaters and had no issue with purees.

Well, after some failed attempts I backed off for a while. I was worried that we had a picky eater on our hands and I didn’t want to ruin food for her. Then, while I would eat, Junie would say, “Mmm!” and try to pry my lips open. I started giving her little bites of soft foods and she was in LOVE! I would put things into her mouth and she had to pull it out, inspect it, and then put it back in her mouth and eat it. She is a little independent eater!

As you can imagine, it’s a messy business. She is so happy, though! I am loving OXO’s Roll-Up Bib because it has a pocket at the bottom that catches all of the food that doesn’t end up in baby’s mouth. Then, when not in use, it rolls into itself. They think of everything! Even the On-the-Go Feeding Spoon comes with a plastic case that is perfect for tossing into the diaper bag.

June is loving sipping water and learning how to drink with the Transitions Sippy Cup Set. See how she’s tipping it in the pictures? It doesn’t even spill! Then, when she’s old enough, there is a grown up training lid that mimics an adult cup.

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New Beauty & the Beast Trailer!

Tickets are on sale now, and March 17th can’t come soon enough!!

This trailer has finally answered one of my lifelong childhood questions: how the heck did Belle lift that giant Beast onto her horse all by herself?! :)

New character posters are here too!

I’m so excited for Gaston, he’s so over-the-top and Luke Evans looks like a perfect fit!

Of course I can’t wait to see Ewan MacGregor as Lumiere, I’ve loved him since Moulin Rouge :)

Rest Easy with Plum Organics® Grow Well® Infant Formula

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhyPlumFormula #CollectiveBias #Sponsored

When my first baby was just 2 months old, I had to go to the Emergency Room. I was up all night with horrible pain in my back and side and throwing up. It turned out to be a gallbladder attack :( As my husband was driving me to the hospital, I remember being so worried about my baby girl (Ada) because I was exclusively breast feeding her. We had some formula samples at home, so I knew if I wasn’t home in time to feed her again that Matt could make her a bottle. When the hours passed, Matt texted me that he had tried feeding her some formula and she screamed! I was so heartbroken, feeling helpless and horrible.

That experience taught me to give baby some tastes of formula from a young age. With our next two babies, we have introduced formula to them even though I breast feed them. Just a bottle here and there to get them accustomed to the taste so that I can feel confident if I leave that they can be happy with a bottle of formula. I have left bottles of pumped breast milk thinking, “there’s no way the baby will go through all of that,” to hear from my mom that baby has guzzled them down and she was mixing a bottle of formula for them! Nothing worries a mama heart more than thinking of your baby crying and hungry while you are away!

If my baby isn’t getting my breast milk, I want to know that what they are getting is top notch. Enter Plum Organics® Grow Well® Infant Formula. It’s organic and non-GMO with no corn syrup solids added. Lactose is the most abundant carbohydrate found in breast milk, which is essential for baby’s quickly growing brain. Plum Organics’ carbohydrate source is from cow’s milk lactose only. Their infant formula is primarily cows’ milk, broken down into components and fortified with nutrients found in breast milk. I love being able to rest easy knowing that baby is getting the best product with no harmful ingredients.

Start Your Year Refreshed with Healthy Snacks at Albertsons

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It’s the New Year! Can you believe it? Don’t you just love a fresh start? It makes me feel like I can conquer my loftiest goals!!

After the holidays have died down, the kids go back to school, and it’s time to get back into a routine. For me, I need to meal plan. Otherwise we end up eating out way too much! I have to plan down to the snacks I have on hand because my girls come home from school absolutely starving.

After school today, I was cutting apples while the girls ate snack number one. Lola asked, “Mommy, why are you cutting apples? We already have yogurt!” I responded, “Because I know the minute you are done with your yogurt, you’ll still be hungry. When you ask me for another snack, the apples will be ready for you.” Sure enough, Lola giggled as she threw away her yogurt cup and grabbed her plate of apples!

Albertsons makes having healthy snacks on hand so incredibly easy for you! Have you ever seen their fresh sliced fruit packs? They’re in the produce section near the deli.

They have many different combinations ready to grab and go. Right now, Albertsons has a promotion where if you buy $15 worth of participating items, you get $4 off your Fresh Cut Fruit via Catalina.

That means when you check out, you will receive a coupon/credit for your next purchase of Fresh Cut Fruit! I let the girls each pick out a bowl for our fruit salad.[Continue Reading…]

Oribel PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center

This post is in partnership with Oribel thanks to The Motherhood. I received product in exchange for this review. This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Kara in the Kitchen!

June is going to be 7 months old tomorrow! She is at the age where she is grabbing everything and exploring the world around her. oribel-portaplay-convertible-activity-center-karainthekitchen-com-1I knew I wanted to give her an activity center for Christmas, so when this opportunity came about, I was so excited! Oribel’s PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center is the perfect gift for new or expecting parents. oribel-portaplay-convertible-activity-center-karainthekitchen-com-1-3June is in love with all of the different toys to play with on the top. She is using the PortaPlay in the lowest setting. It has a bouncy seat that rotates 360 degrees and legs that are adjustable in height as your child grows. oribel-portaplay-convertible-activity-center-karainthekitchen-com-1-4 Once your baby has grown out of the PortaPlay, it transforms into an activity table! I love that this will be a toy we won’t have to pass on once June grows out of it. It will grow with her as a budding artist :) You can purchase a roll of paper and stools for the activity table separately. oribel-portaplay-convertible-activity-center-karainthekitchen-com-1-5 I LOVE this aspect of the PortaPlay: the legs fold down for easy storage. Genius! oribel-portaplay-convertible-activity-center-karainthekitchen-com-1-2The PortaPlay is available on Amazon.com here: Oribel PortaPlay Activity Center – Forest Friends

Check out Oribel’s Porta Play video for all of the features:

Simple Advent Calendar Garland to #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas!

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Kara in the Kitchen! #LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.comEvery Christmas season, we always want the focus to be on the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. So many times, though, we get caught up in the busyness of the season. Running errands, making cookies, wrapping gifts, attending parties, shopping, cleaning, the list goes on and on. Before we know it, it’s Christmas Eve! #LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.comThis year, to help my family stay on track and remember who the Christmas season is about, we are joining with people all over the world to #LIGHTtheWORLD! For 25 days in December, we will look on the back of our advent garland and see what the day suggests doing to serve others. To make our super Simple Advent Calendar Garland, I bought this cute garland at Target and printed out the advent calendar here. For Family Home Evening, we cut out the dates and the girls matched them to their corresponding numbers. I taped the twine to the brick with Scotch tape and arranged the numbers with the mini clothespins. I’m all about easy during the holidays!#LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.comIt has been awesome to have conversations with our daughters about service. I shared with them that a woman came and asked if she could take my cart after I’d put my groceries and baby in the car. I was doing the awkward, “Should I run and leave my baby alone or leave the cart here?” debate in my mind. She saw my dilemma and helped! Then when I was by myself with all three of the girls at Costco, a woman parked next to us helped load up the trunk while I buckled the baby in her seat. I thanked her profusely and we talked on the drive home about how she saw a need and served us, and now we need to do the same for those around us. I am so excited to focus on serving others this Christmas season as Jesus Christ did. If any of you would like to come to church with me on the 4th for that advent day or on any Sunday, let me know! I’d love to go with you :) #LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.com Head over to Mormon.org for more inspiration, videos, ways to serve and #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas season!#LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.com

Click on the picture below to buy the garland at Target: 

Cranberry Fluff Recipe

This side dish is always present at my family gatherings for the Holidays! We have it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I first got my hands on the Cranberry Fluff recipe when I signed up to bring this to a Ward Christmas Party in 2006 or 2007. I still have that recipe, hand written by Robin Leishman, and pull it out every year at this time!Cranberry Fluff Recipe - Kara in the Kitchen Cranberry Fluff is sweet, delicious, and mysterious. It is highly addictive and you will find yourself grabbing more to put on your plate! This recipe takes some planning, because the cranberries need to soak in sugar overnight. Then the whole fluff has to chill for at least one hour, so plan ahead for this one! You won’t be sorry :) Cranberry Fluff Recipe - Kara in the KitchenThe original recipe calls for nuts, but we don’t use them. On the side dish spectrum, it definitely falls on the dessert side of things. We make it in place of a Jell-O salad which really isn’t a salad at all, right? You’ve got your pineapple, marshmallows, cranberries, and whipped cream. Magical! Cranberry Fluff Recipe - Kara in the KitchenHere is the recipe (note – we usually double this):

Cranberry Fluff Recipe
 
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  • 1 bag cranberries, frozen
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1 16 ounce can crushed pineapple in its own juice
  • ½ package miniature marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Grind cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Stir in the 2 cups of sugar and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, whip the heavy cream until semi-stiff peaks form. Chop the nuts (if using) and drain pineapple. Stir together the cranberry mixture, pineapple, nuts, and marshmallows. Gently fold in the whipped cream.
  3. Chill at least 1 hour and serve.

 

Apple Bacon Biscuit Dressing or Stuffing Recipe

I found this dressing recipe in a Williams-Sonoma catalog years ago. I ripped it out and saved it for years, then finally made it for the past two years at Thanksgiving. The only problem is that the original recipe called for mushrooms, and I don’t like those. So, I decided to substitute apples from my grandpa’s tree and it made the perfect stuffing! I know, you can’t technically call dressing stuffing if it wasn’t cooked inside the turkey, but I do what I want :)Apple Bacon Biscuit Dressing Recipe - karainthekitchen.comThe first time I made this, I made the biscuits from scratch. The next year I used freezer biscuits. It tasted exactly the same both times. So do yourself a favor, save yourself some time, and use freezer biscuits! Apple Bacon Biscuit Dressing Recipe - karainthekitchen.comHere’s the recipe:

Apple Bacon Biscuit Dressing
 
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  • Twelve 4" cream biscuits, cut into 1½" cubes
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 5 celery stalks, diced
  • 8 ounces tart apples, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread biscuits out on baking sheet. Toast until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Set aside. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  3. In a deep sauté pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisy, 7-9 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 3 Tablespoons of the fat. Over medium heat, cook the onions until translucent. Add the celery, apples, parsley, sage, and thyme, cooking until the celery and apples are soft (about 5 minutes).
  4. Transfer onion mixture to a large bowl. Add bacon to bowl, season with salt and pepper. Add biscuits and 3 cups of the chicken stock, stirring to combine. If the mixture looks too dry, add the last cup of chicken stock. Otherwise, leave it out.
  5. Transfer dressing to a baking dish. Cover with foil or lid, bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil or lid and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the dressing is lightly browned. Enjoy!

Apple Bacon Biscuit Dressing Recipe - karainthekitchen.comI love the salty bacon married with the sweet-tart apples. It’s a match made in Thanksgiving heaven! Next to turkey, mashed potatoes, and covered in gravy, it’s to die for! I would eat a big scoop of stuffing alone for lunch in the days after Thanksgiving.  Apple Bacon Biscuit Dressing Recipe - karainthekitchen.comYum! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season surrounded by good food and the ones you love!

Sneak Peek of Beauty & the Beast

These are photos from Disney’s live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast! It will be in theaters March 2017. I can’t wait! Emma Watson looks like the perfect Belle. 
I have such a soft spot for Beauty and the Beast. Seeing it in theaters was the last outing as a family where I remember us all being happy before my parents separated. My dad is super hairy, so when Gaston opens his shirt and sings the line, “and every last inch of me’s covered with hair,” we all joked that it was him!  The Beast looks huge!! And Belle’s dress is gorgeous. beautyandthebeast581cb85870203[Continue Reading…]