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Quick and Healthy Chili


Healthy Chili

Healthy Chili

I don’t often use canned goods and packaged spices, but if you find good ones, there is no reason not to when you are in a hurry. This recipe doesn’t take long to prepare, but you want to plan to be around the house to stir frequently so the beans don’t burn to the bottom of the pot. The healthy beans and tomatoes make this a powerhouse of good nutrition.

This recipe makes 6-7 quarts, enough for a couple of family dinners and some for the freezer. I package it in portion sized containers for fast defrosting and eating.

Ingredients:

  • 2   28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes (choose one without added sugar and salt)
  • 3  15.5 oz. cans of beans, drained and rinsed of the starch. Use any small beans such as navy, pinto, black, etc. I like to mix mine so I get the benefits of the nutrients in the different beans.
  • 1  15 oz. can of corn (no added sugar or salt). This will be added toward the end of the cooking cycle.
  • 2  packages of chili seasoning mix (more if you like it very hot. Two packages gives it a little kick). Note: look for a brand that has no preservatives or other chemicals. The ingredient list should have just spices. I use Sauce Supreme, which I find in the job lot store.
  • 2  lbs. of ground turkey or white meat chicken
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 very large or 2 medium sweet onions, chopped
  • Olive or canola oil for browning onions and chopped poultry

Directions:

Brown the onions in a small amount of oil, in a large, heavy stock pot. Put aside. Brown the chopped turkey/chicken in oil (because there is little fat, it will stick to the pan. If  you want to eliminate the oil, or use less, use a non-stick pan).

Add the crushed tomatoes, rinsed beans, water and chili seasoning. Simmer on a medium to low temperature. You want it to bubble slightly, but not burn on the bottom. Stir every 10 minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot so the beans (which are heavy and settle) won’t burn. Cook for 2 hours to soften the beans and meld the flavors. Add the corn in the final 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately or cool and refrigerate. Leftovers may be frozen.

Bon appétit!

How Simple Delicious Can Be: Summer Tomatoes


Ah, the joys of summer tomatoes. I know, you think I’m crazy, but nothing is like a big, juicy sweet tomato mixed with almost anything – but at the very least, fresh basil. Tomato with fresh mozzarella? How about with cucumbers? Garbanzo beans, onion, garlic, vinegar . . .

Just this week, I cut up one of those beautiful tomatoes with cucumbers (sans seeds), Tossed in some aged vinegar, fresh chopped basil and garlic and a spot of extra virgin olive oil. Magnifique!

Another day, I chopped up a tomato, sweet onion, basil (OK, it grows like a weed and I always have tons of it), added oil and vinegar and voila!

How about a can of rinsed and drained garbanzo beans, tomato, broccoli, garlic, olive oil and rosemary?

The combinations are as varied as your imagination can stretch. Add them to chili. Toss them in a pasta salad, just slice them and eat them as it!

Tomatoes are a powerhouse of nutrition. Low in calories and fat; and high in potassium, vitamins A, C and K, folate, choline, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and even water!

So, slice up a tomato and add anything! Tell me what you came up with. Tomatoes: the incredible, edible and versatile nutritious food. Can’t beat that! Oh, did I mention how good they taste?

Recipe: Middle Eastern Couscous and Tomato Salad


3 cups of middle eastern couscous

1 bunch of fresh curly parsley, chopped

2 large beefsteak or other juicy tomatoes, chopped.

1 small-medium red or sweet onion, chopped

3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Boil 3 1/4 cups of water. Add couscous and lower heat. Cover pot and simmer about 8 minutes. Taste to see if done and continue cooking if too hard. Remove from heat and put in bowl to cool. Add balance of ingredients, stir and chill. Enjoy!

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