flaxbread chili-cheese bake

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I’m not sure I really understand the people who hate on leftovers. I love leftovers. Maybe it’s because I cook all the time, but anytime I get to eat a meal without putting in any more effort that pressing “start” on the microwave is a good thing to me. I not only embrace leftovers, but I actually plan on them. Every Thursday night is leftover night in our house. It’s quite possibly my favorite night of the week. I love cooking (obviously, or I wouldn’t have this blog!) but we all need a break, amirite?

I guess most folks’ beef with leftovers is that they are repetitive, which makes them boring. To me, that ain’t no thing. I can eat on the same set of deliciousness for days, but I guess I can maybe sorta kinda see where the leftover haters are coming from. I guess I sympathize. And out of that sympathy is where this recipe comes from.

I guess for some of you, a giant pot of chili that you have to eat on for days and days is torture (to me, it’s freedom!). To help you bust through that leftover monotony, I’ve created this remix for leftover chili. Instead of zapping a bowlful of leftovers next time, reenergize your chili by making a whole new dish without a whole lot more effort. This was so incredibly delicious that I might even start hating on leftovers.

Okay, not likely, but I will be making this every time I have some leftover chili!

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been using a lot of flax seed lately in my baked goods (like here and here) and that’s because ground flax seed works as a flour substitute in baking (with some adjustments) but it is more nutritionally-packed! It’s good stuff!

You can use whatever chili makes you all warm and gooey on the inside for this dish. I used my beloved beer chili (found buried deep in this Freezer Cooking 101 post). That chili has definitely become our go-to! It’s so sweet and flavorful and is delicious when covered in cheese and fluffy, doughy flaxbread. Although, admittedly, I think anything would be delicious covered in warm bread and cheese, amirite?

Flaxbread Chili-Cheese Bake

Flaxbread Chili-Cheese Bake

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

You can use whatever chili makes you all warm and gooey on the inside for this dish. I used my beloved beer chili.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely-ground flaxseed (look for "meal" "milled" or "flour")
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 4 cups leftover chili (your favorite recipe)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To make flaxbread: In a medium mixing bowl, combine flax, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, milk, honey and Greek yogurt until well combined. Pour liquid into flax mixture and stir until just moistened. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. To assemble bake: Spoon leftover chili in an 8x8 baking dish. Cover with shredded cheddar cheese. When flaxbread is done resting, spread gently over top of cheese. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until flaxbread is browned and chili is bubbly.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 519Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1281mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 12gSugar: 6gProtein: 24g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Are you a leftover fan or not? What’s your favorite way to remix leftovers?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.
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