Chili Pizza


I have decided that on top of my no-shop agenda I need to start posting more regularly again, lest I slip into the comfortable routine of just letting another night pass. After all, it’s those nights when I was too tired/didn’t eat anything interesting that I should be forcing myself to write, dontcha think?

Sadly, this week hasn’t been much less busy than the last few – I’m up at 4:30 every morning to do traffic on the Eyeopener, have three major deadlines that I’m trying to finish in the afternoons and events every evening except Friday. So yesterday morning I pulled a yogurt container full of chili out of the freezer to thaw. W will not eat chili, so at the last minute I spread some on a whole wheat pita (the second half of a too-large bag that is now too dried-out to do much with but toast as pita chips or use as base for a pizza), mashing the kidney beans a bit as I went, sprinkled it with some grated mozza and popped it in the toaster oven. I ate his remnants on my way out the door (I moderated a cafe scientifique event tonight – a discussion on food security) and they were bloody fantastic. I think I just may make chili pizza intentionally next time – it reminded me of sloppy Joes, but topped with cheese.

And oh: I’m upping my no-shop window to 2 weeks. One week seems far too easy, especially considering it’s already Wednesday, I’m attending a farm dinner at Forage tonight (their first) and teaching a cooking class tomorrow night. 2 weeks might be more of a challenge.

I do need to make the exception of (besides the aforementioned milk) bananas, apples and pears for W – I was going to add greens to the list, but I still have half a bag in the fridge, two bags of spinach in the freezer and a sack of peas the size of a polar bear’s pilllow. (You know you’re getting old when you start using phrases such as those. Also, I took a fall today on the ice and hurt my hip. Seriously.)


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23 comments on “Chili Pizza

  1. Theresa
    February 25, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Are you okay? It must be something in the air, I did a total wipe out down the hardwood stairs last night. Did you know that when you fall down ALL of the stairs you just smack the exact same spot 8 times? 🙁

  2. Erica B.
    February 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Maybe you could use the giant bag of peas to ice your hip 😉 Seriously though, I hope you’re ok… especially since you sound so busy there doesn’t seem to be time to get injured. Last time there a quick thaw then snow/ice I went down hard on my knee while I was shovelling, I had a nasty bruise for a week.

    I can get A to eat chili but not C or J… although J will eat it if it’s mixed with mac and cheese. Go figure. Chili is a great idea for -20C weather and I have bison in the freezer. Dinner tonight: chili and cheese scones. Yum! Thanks Julie!

  3. Manon from Ontario
    February 25, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Hope you are ok!!

    Got the books thanks 🙂

    Because I live in the country away from town, I usually use up my frozen stuff evenly during the month. I like to get fresh fruits and vegetables weekly for salads and to grab quickly when my family of five get hungry and let me tell ya, my twin 12 yrs old boys seem to be ALWAYS hungry!

    I love chili, make it all the time and freeze up portions for my lunches…hmmmm.

    Love reading your blog, I use it like a drug 😉



  4. Manon from Ontario
    February 25, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Julie you never told me how do you figure out the nutritional contents of a recipe, do you have to go to chef school for that?



  5. JulieVR
    February 25, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I have a fancy schmancy computer program, all based on the USDA database.

  6. pauline
    February 25, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Big OUCH Julie, just what you didn’t need as you have to hit the days ahead running. Hope you are ok.

  7. Manon from Ontario
    February 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks Julie. How do I get that database?
    I’ll need it for my products I will be selling in my store.
    Can we buy it?
    Sorry for all the questions.

    your #1

  8. Rebecca
    February 25, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Well, it just so happens that I have both leftover pitas AND chili in the house today. I am SO making this for supper tonight – can’t wait!

  9. Kathy
    February 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I guess I have to make the exception to my no shop for a week rule to allow for the purchase of milk.

    I will need a nutritional information thing too for my cookbook. Can you tell Manon & me how to get that Julie, thanks.

  10. lovetocook
    February 25, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Huevos Rancheros is one of my go to recipes when the fridge is nearly empty. I always have olive oil, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato paste (in a log to slice off in the freezer), hot pepper flakes or sauce, maybe a withering green pepper, and eggs of course. Top with cheddar or any cheese or combo of what’s left. Make some toast from the week old bread too. We’d rather have this for dinner than for breakfast any day. Re chili pizza, kids will eat almost anything on a crust, covered with mozzarella and baked! Bring on the veggies!

  11. Carol SB
    February 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Man, Julie, the last thing you need is a crunch with the sidewalk. And it seems the cold exacerbates the problem: you kind of hold yourself more stiffly anyway. Makes getting better a bit more difficult.
    Manon, I know what you mean. Er, um, I mean, I only read Dinner with Julie recreationally.
    -Carol SB

  12. Pat from Ontario
    February 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I made the Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps tonight. Delicious!!! I have enough for 2 more meals. All night, the leftovers have been calling my name, but I have resisted.

    When I was looking for Hoisin Sauce today at the grocery store, I compared the contents. One of the bottles showed sodium per 2t as 1025 mg. I wonder if it was a typo. The one I bought was 120 mg. per 1t.

  13. Erin
    February 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Wow I seriously dont know how you do it Julie. Your amazing.
    Oddly I’m making chili tonight…a interesting recipe I found on the internet. The chili isn’t for tonight…as chili is always better the next day, but tonight we’re eating sweet potato burritos from the freezer. They are so yummy.

  14. thepinkpeppercorn
    February 25, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Yikes! I hope you are okay!! Well, nothing a little of that callebaut hazelnut goo can’t help, at least in theory 😉 Be well!

  15. jennifer
    February 25, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Ice up that hip girl! i use a cream called arnica, it helps with bruising very well, it is homeopathic! might help you a little!
    man chili pizza i love it! 🙂

  16. Buddiegirl
    February 26, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Every time I hear you on the Eyeopener, I know that you are in for a busy week. I am always concerned that you will burn yourself out before the week is over.

    I hope your hip isn’t too sore. The ice takes you by surprise and you are down before you know it. I have fallen twice in the last two weeks. Yesterday, I came down hard on my right wrist and it has been difficult to do some things with it. My husband said to me that third time would be the charm (I think he meant I wouldn’t be hurt at all) and I said no, third time is when I actually break something, like my wrist.

    Your chili pizza looks so good. I have everything I need to make turkey chili, so maybe tomorrow I can get some together before I have to go out for the afternoon.

  17. Barb
    February 26, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I was all full of sympathy for your hip until I read Erica’s post about using that huge bag of peas to ice it and – I laughed. Out loud. I have had time now to recover from that and I do sympathize. The ground gets harder every year. It hurts when you fall on it. It’s Wednesday now. Half way through the week. You’ve just about got it licked.

  18. Manon from Ontario
    February 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Hello Julie and her blog fans (that would include myself), just to let you know that I will be sending maple products out to Calgary next week, and if anyone wants any, Cheryl is prepared to split the shipping fees.

    Here is my email to reach me.

    Thanks again for your support Julie.


  19. gail
    February 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Piker! I used to shop just once a month. Which meant that there was SCADS to eat in sandwiches for lunches at the beginning of the month and just peanut butter and cheese at the end of the month. Saved me LOTS of money though! 😉

  20. Anita
    February 26, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Ouch! That fall sounds bad! I hope you get better soon..I did a wipeout on the ice recently too!!! Sucks! Hope you get better soon.

    I get to the grocery store at least once a week for fresh produce and milk.

  21. Donna
    February 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Hope you have recovered from your fall, Julie.
    I’ve been staying inside and waiting for a thaw. (tomorrow?)


  22. maris
    February 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    What a clever idea, these sound delicious! I like that you can easily make small portions too, since I usually just cook for myself.

  23. dingo
    October 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Chili pizza is a great thing. Many years ago a place in boynton beach FL called passport pizza rocked the best chili pizza…I make my own now

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