A Giant Nail biter

After a weekend mostly inside attached to my computer, I was thrilled to leave my house (and computer) and head over to my parents’ house to cheer on the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game.  My dad is a native New Yorker and a lifelong Giant’s fan.  When I arrived, he was already settled in his chair. My brother, who had been out for the last two games, was staying in the city, so my dad found a replacement.

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This sweatshirt, complete with past game stains, is almost as old as I am and ONLY comes out for special occasions, like the NFC Championship.

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Since I don’t have any Giants gear of my own, I was allowed to borrow the sweatshirt temporarily.

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For dinner, I made a unique vegetarian chili recipe from Vegetarian Times.  When I decided to decrease my meat consumption, I signed up for emails from Vegetarian Times.  I got the recipe for Ultimate Vegan Chili from one of these emails.

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I have never used chipotle peppers in adobo sauce before.  I wasn’t sure how spicy they would be, so I stuck with just one.  Next time, I would definitely add another one or two.

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Instead of Seitan, I subbed in 1 cup of red lentils. 

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For the beans, I used black, kidney, and pinto.  I forgot to chop up my mushrooms..oops!

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I used the crockpot on low heat 8-10 hours, but only cooked the chili for 6 hours.  Don’t forget to add 1-2 cups of water if using the crockpot.  The actual recipe calls for a stovetop version.  The chili is hearty, filling, and meaty!  You’ll be shocked that it is not only vegetarian, but that there are no tomatoes.

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I also made a salad and had some leftover muffins from treat day.  I stored them in an airtight tuperware in the freezer and was pleasantly surprised with how good they still tasted when I thawed them out.

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Although the chili doesn’t look to pretty, it really turned out delicious!

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Plus,it gave us the energy we needed to survive that nail biting 4th quarter.

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And cheer the Giants on to their exciting victory and Superbowl appearance!

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Here is the recipe for GIANTS VICTORY CHILI.  We’ll be cheering them on again in two weeks when they play the Patriot’s in the Superbowl XLVI.

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