MediLodge of Southfield Inaugural Chili Cook Off

MediLodge of Southfield hosted its 1st Annual Chili Cook Off the last week of September.  Five staff members/teams participated by offering their best recipes.  All prep work and cooking took place outdoors and by afternoon the court yard was filled with residents, family, staff and friends.  Everyone who attended was encouraged to sample all five chilies and place their vote for their favorite.  There was quite a variety of chili to choose from including turkey, white bean, vegetarian and two variations of traditional meat chili.  The votes were tallied at the end of the day and Jen Thomas of the Activity Department beat out the competition with her ‘Deadhead Vegetarian Chili’ which she discovered while attending tailgating parties while following the band The Grateful Dead.

In the spirit of sharing with the community, here is Jen’s recipe.

Jen’s ‘Deadhead Vegetarian Chili’ Recipe


2Tbs of chili powder

2 onions

8 cloves of garlic chopped

1 green pepper

6 carrots

2 tomatoes

1 bunch of cilantro

24 oz tomato sauce

1 bunch of parsley

2 jalapeño peppers

1 cup quinoa

16 oz kidney beans


Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil.  Then add the rest of the ingredients except the quinoa.  Cook for about 40-60 min or until tender.  Add the 1 cup of quinoa during the last 20 minutes of cooking time.

Optional: Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese and green onions chives. Enjoy!

The goal of the MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program is to recognize the unique individuality of everyone.  This approach to wellness is an active process in which everyone is encouraged to make choices towards personal growth in seven dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational/vocational and financial.  Most workplace wellness programs focus entirely on physical health.  With a whole person wellness approach, the physical needs will not be downplayed, but will be held in equal importance as the dimensions that involve mind and spirit.  In whole person wellness a high priority is placed on prevention, individual involvement and the responsibility we each have for achieving optimal wellness of body, mind and spirit.


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