Chili and Cornbread: Modified

4 Sep

Modifiers are words or clauses that modify or enhance a sentence but don’t affect the structure.

Example:  Tonight I made black bean chili with kale and pumpkin cheddar cornbread.

Black bean and  pumpkin cheddar are the modifiers in this sentence.  This means that I made chili and cornbread tonight, but that they were enhanced by these modifiers.  Enhanced meaning they made this meal so could I could easily eat the entire pot of chili and pan of cornbread even though I’m not that hungry.

Super freakin’ easy is also a modifier you could use in this sentence.

You could leave these modifiers out and the meal would still be fine.  It would still have the same structure.  But with the modifiers, it’s so much better.



  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. veggie stock
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28-oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 14-oz. cans of black beans, drained
Saute the onions and peppers.  Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until thick.  Add some kale, if you so desire.
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax + 6 tbsp. water
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1/4 c. milk (plus some extra, if your batter is too thick)
  • 1/2 c. daiya cheddar style shreds
Preheat your oven to 400°F.  Grease and 8 x 8 pan.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cornmeal.
In a small bowl, combine the flax, water, pumpkin, oil, and milk.
Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined,  stir in the daiya cheddar shreds.  pour into your pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

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