Huy Fong Chili

Here in SoCal, the weather’s been in the 80s for about a week now, which is just bizarre to someone used to New York winters. But for the rest of you who are shivering right now, here’s a chili recipe I found on Huy Fong’s Web site. Simple and delicious:

* 1 lb. ground beef
* 1 package of chili seasoning mix
* 1/2 cup water

* 1 16 oz. can of whole tomatoes, cut-up
* 1 16 oz. can of kidney beans, drained (optional)
* 1 Tbsp. (or more) of Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Chili Sauce

1. In Dutch oven, brown ground beef and drain.
2. Stir in chili seasoning mix, water, tomatoes, beans and Sriracha Chili Sauce
3. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes.

*Serving suggestion: Garnish with chopped red pepper and scallions, if desired.

The Sexy Geek’s suggestions:

  • Definitely do not consider the beans optional — they’re what fills you up.
  • Buy organic, grass-fed ground beef. It’s better for you, and not to mention for the cows. May cost a little bit more, but you’ll probably get several meals out of this pot of chili, so it’s worth it.
  • Make sure your chili seasoning doesn’t have MSG or sugar or anything else nasty in it
  • Add lots of Sriracha sauce!

I’ll make some later and upload a picture.

Update: Here’s a picture. I added an extra can of beans because I felt that the meat-to-bean ratio was too high.

So spicy!

Fish with chili-garlic aioli and avocado salad

People who think that eating healthy is difficult or expensive need to think again. See this delicious meal? I prepared it in about ten minutes for less than $5

Tastes as good as it looks

Making it was easy: I fried the fish with some olive oil for about five minutes on each side while I made the avocado salad. To make the avocado salad, I simply chopped up two avocados and one tomato and tossed* with olive oil, sea salt, and a few drops of balsamic vinegar. The chili-garlic aioli is just a tablespoon of mayonnaise mixed with Huy Fong sriracha sauce, available in any good grocery store.

Tilapia costs about $5/pound, and there is about a 1/4 pound on this plate.

I got the avocados at 5 for $1 at my local Mexican grocery. (Btw, never buy ripe avocados — they’ve been manhandled too much. Buy them when they’re hard and let them ripen on your counter. Putting them next to bananas will speed up the process, because of the ripening gas coming off the bananas).

The price of a tablespoon of mayonnaise and a tablespoon of sriracha sauce is negligible.

Total cost for two people (have a double portion if you’re single and hungry. It’s all healthy food):

Fish(1/2 lb): $2.50

Avocados(2): $.40

Tomatoes(1): $.25 or less

Mayonnaise: $.30 or less

Sriracha: $.25 or less

Total: $3.70

This even strikes me as a little on the extreme end of cheap, so let me clarify that I didn’t set out to make a really cheap dinner. I actually just threw this together from what I had on hand. And the point of this is not that you should eat only cheap food. Sometimes good food costs a little bit more, and it’s worth the expense.

No, the point of this is that eating delicious healthy meals is not complicated or time-consuming.

And a side benefit: does the picture above look like a meal that a girl would really appreciate? Of course it does. Women have more refined palates than we do, and they love to eat fresh food, tastefully prepared and presented. Learn to cook like this, and you’ll have them eating out of your hand.

And you’ll be a lot healthier, too.

Notes: Try to find a mayonnaise with no trans fats or added sugars. And if you’re unable to find Huy Fong sriracha sauce in your grocery store, you can get a sample pack for $8 plus shipping at Huy Fong’s Web-site.

*Toss, in the context of salad, means to stir around in a bowl. It does not require you to toss anything into the air.