Chili Pot Pies with Cornbread Crust

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This easy to make food idea is a great way to use up chili leftovers in a unique comfort meal the whole family is sure to love. This chili pot pie recipe is an easy weeknight food idea that uses up your leftover chili, by baking them up in individual portions, then topping with a delicious cornbread crust. The cornbread crust is easy to make, and it's fluffy, moist, and has a touch of sweetness to help balance out the savory chili. Best of all, this food idea is ready in just over 30 minutes. This is one of the best chili recipes you will try. You will find the recipe for slow cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chili on the site. For the cornbread crust, you will need flour, sugar, fine ground cornmeal, wheat germ, salt, baking soda, buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg, and shredded cheese and yogurt or sour cream to top. This is a healthy comfort meal that is the perfect idea for dinner or can also be used for lunch. You will want to take a look at the site for some other chili food ideas and recipe ideas.

Corn meal is dried corn that is ground into powder; it's referred to as cornmeal. Cornmeal is added to a variety of food ideas to include bread recipes and pancakes, but corn meal can also be cooked to make polenta or grit recipes. Corn meal is also a good alternative to flour especially for people who have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Cornmeal used in food ideas offers a wealth of certain nutrients, too. Cornmeal is an excellent source of fiber. Cornmeal contains about 9.4 grams of fiber in each 3.5-ounce serving. That's 38 percent of the 25 grams of fiber that women need each day and 25 percent of the 38 grams that men should include in their daily diets. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, getting adequate amounts of fiber into your diet may be helpful in helping to cut your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Cornmeal contains iron, niacin, zinc and more. In just three and a half ounces of cornmeal, there are about three milligrams of iron, which is about 38 percent of the 8 milligrams that men need each day and 17 percent of the 18 milligrams that women require daily. Iron is an essential mineral that is needed for healthy red blood cells and keeps your immune system healthy too. That same portion of cornmeal delivers about 3.1 milligrams of zinc, which is about 39 percent of the eight milligrams that women need each day and about 28 percent of the 11 milligrams that men require. Zinc enables your body to heal itself from injuries. You'll also get about 2.5 milligrams of niacin, out of the 14 to 15 milligrams that women and men, respectively, require daily, as well as potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. When you cook cornmeal with water, it makes a quick and easy recipe for breakfast that's often called grits. You can drizzle the cooked cornmeal with some honey and chopped nuts on top to add some protein, fiber and vitamin E. Make a more savory version of the recipe, which is known as polenta, by stirring in some sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red bell peppers. You might also try replacing the usual breadcrumbs for a chicken or eggplant parmesan recipe with cornmeal, which is also a great option for people who eat gluten-free diets since cornmeal does not contain gluten.

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