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Center Stage: Cinnamon Chili Pork, Sweet Potato, and Avocado Panini with Shared Appetite for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeachChris Cockren of Shared Appetite is a food lover, blogger, music teacher, husband and New York City resident. He created his blog to share his culinary adventures both in his kitchen and dining out with his wife and official recipe tester, Asheley. Chris can usually be found eating dessert, but he’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Center Stage: Cinnamon Chili Pork, Sweet Potato, and Avocado Panini with Shared Appetite for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

I love panini.  Paninis?

Yeah, I actually had to look this one up… and apparently either way is correct. According to my vast and thorough research on the interwebs (i.e. a quick Google search), a singular pressed sandwich can be either panino or panini. Multiple pressed beauties can be called panini or paninis. Phew… you’re welcome. #nowyouknow

And guys, more importantly, I finally got my hands on a panini press thanks to Hamilton Beach. I can’t wait to make all sorts of goodness on this thing. Killer grilled cheese. Countless panini flavor combinations. Heck, I even heard you can easily make perfectly crisp bacon on the thing as well.

I’m trying really hard to eat a bit healthier lately. Asheley (my wife) and I have our first child on the way. And as much as I would truly love to do the whole “sympathy weight” thing, I want to be the healthiest I can be before sleep deprivation sets in and forces me into bad decision-making with regards to eating.

But here’s the deal. The only way I can succeed at eating better is when I can still look forward to the meal I’m about to eat. That means food that’s BIG on flavor. Food like this Cinnamon Chili Pork, Sweet Potato, and Avocado Panini.

Center Stage: Cinnamon Chili Pork, Sweet Potato, and Avocado Panini with Shared Appetite for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Let’s break this panini down, shall we?

I’m using a multi-grain baguette (but any crusty bread will work). I scooped out a bit of the inside, giving me more room for the fillings… because really, it’s all about the fillings.  

First comes that roasted sweet potato, which is one of my favorite healthy-but-tastes-not-healthy foods.

Next comes a light sprinkling of cheese. Now, if you are already looking like one of those young fashion models in the mirror, feel free to go heavier on the cheese sprinkling. Personally, I look like I ate said model.

Here’s the important part. Next has to come the mashed avocado, which will be the “glue” that will allow the pork to stick on top.

And that ground pork will be your crowning jewel, which got the royal flavor treatment with a big hit of ancho chili powder, cinnamon and other spices.

Center Stage: Cinnamon Chili Pork, Sweet Potato, and Avocado Panini with Shared Appetite for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Then the fun part. Throw it (and by throw I mean very carefully place it, of course) onto your preheated panini press, close the hood and patiently wait for your sandwich to transform into a perfectly pressed, hot and crusty panini.

Oohhhhhhh man. All the different bold flavors and varied textures in this. And with a drizzle of sriracha? Heck to the yes.

The only question I have left?  What am I going to make next on my Hamilton Beach Panini Press?!

Center Stage: Cinnamon Chili Pork, Sweet Potato, and Avocado Panini with Shared Appetite for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach


Cinnamon Chili Pork, Sweet Potato and Avocado Panini
SERVES: 4

This recipes uses the Hamilton Beach® Panini Press.
Ingredients
For the panini
Multigrain baguette or other crusty bread
Cinnamon Chili Pork (see below)
1 large sweet potato, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher Salt
2 avocados. mashed
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Sriracha or other hot sauce, optional
For the Cinnamon Chili Pork
1 1/4 pounds ground pork
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup water
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place finely chopped sweet potato on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season generously with Kosher salt. Toss to coat. Roast in oven until sweet potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 20-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the Cinnamon Chili Pork. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground pork and cook, stirring occasionally and using a spoon to break the meat into crumbles, until cooked through and browned. Season generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Add ancho chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder and water. Stir to combine, scraping up any flavorful browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan, and let cook until sauce thickens to coat the pork. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
Cut baguette into four equal slices. Halve baguette and use your fingers to scoop out a bit of the insides, allowing more room for the fillings.
Spoon a layer of the roasted sweet potatoes on the bottom of each baguette. Top with a sprinkle of cheese and mashed avocado. Carefully spoon cinnamon chili pork on top, pressing slightly into the avocado to allow it to "stick". Place top of each baguette over the pork and place sandwiches on preheated panini press.
Allow panini to cook until hot and crusty. Remove and devour with sriracha or other hot sauce, if desired.
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Center Stage: Cinnamon Chili Pork, Sweet Potato, and Avocado Panini with Shared Appetite for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach



Slow Cooker Veggie Chili from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachMy daughter is the first of five children to head off to college (sniff, sniff). My husband and I were recently discussing the changes this has brought to our family dynamic (aka bank account) and we came to the shocking realization we have been eating out way too much. I defended such behavior with the classic mother quote, “I am WAY too busy to cook.” In all honesty, between sports tournaments every weekend, college applications, graduations and work travel, we had become lazy, but seven (now six) of us eating out is a real blow to the family budget.

Slow Cooker Veggie Chili from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

After eye rolling and some tense discussion, I agreed to go back to my pre-“too busy” mode and plan out our weekly meals. The savior of all active, crazy-scheduled families is the slow cooker. I am on a constant mission to have our kids eat healthy without actually knowing they are. This chili is both healthy and super easy.

Upon serving this chili for dinner, my husband slipped and referred to this dish as “vegetarian,” which made our three boys turn their heads so fast I thought they’d snap off. But I quickly exclaimed it was NOT vegetarian (it contains chicken broth) and they resumed eating. It is meatless, but adding sausage or ground beef would be easy. It makes great use of all the veggies that are still abundant this time of year. And the best part for me? I prepped it the night before, dumped everything in the crock and just added beans in the morning before heading off to work. This slow cooker veggie chili (If you have boys like mine, call it something like Cowboy Chili so you won’t let on it’s healthy) makes a big batch, so it is perfect for freezing or to make for a crowd. And if you do want it to be vegetarian, just substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock. It doesn’t get easier than this.

Slow Cooker Veggie Chili from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Veggie Chili
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
3 cups chopped onion, divided
3 cups chopped red and yellow bell pepper, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro stems
1 1/2 Tablespoons dried thyme
6 garlic cloves
2 jalapeños – rough chop
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 bay leaf
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) package dried navy beans
1 (26.46-ounce) container tomato puree
1 (12-ounce) bottle stout beer
4 cups chopped squash (about 2 medium)
1 (15-ounce) can RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles
sour cream (for serving)
crushed tortilla chips (for serving)
Instructions
Combine 1 cup onion, 1 cup bell pepper, cilantro, thyme, garlic, and jalapeño in a food processor; process until almost smooth. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mixture to pan; cook 8 minutes or until liquid nearly evaporates, stirring frequently. Add cumin and next 6 ingredients (through bay leaf); cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Transfer mixture to a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Stir in remaining 2 cups onion, 1 cup bell pepper, broth, tomato puree, and beer. Place crock insert in the refrigerator. In the morning add the beans, cover and cook on LOW 8-9 hours.
Stir in remaining 1 cup bell pepper, squash, and RO*TEL tomatoes; cook on LOW 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Top chili with sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.
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