Guest Blogging!

Exciting stuff!  My daughter, Erin, is a Blogger over at Fit 4 All.  She is passionate about health, fitness, and helping others.  I’m very proud of her and of the good work she does.

Her contributions to the Fit 4 All blog primarily center around healthy, thrifty food, or “Affordable Fuel.”  She asked me to contribute our favorite chili recipe!  And although this was posted last week(I’m a bit behind), I am so thrilled for this happy honor.😃

Without further delay, here it is:

Mom’s Chili (based on recipe for “Pantry Raid Chili” in “Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker” by Robin Robertson(See link below)

Notes – I’ve made this in the slow cooker or atop the stove.  It can take 30 minutes on the stove top, or up to 6 hours on a low setting in the slow cooker.  I do not cook with salt for health reasons, but you can add salt if that is your preference.

1 (24-oz) jar tomato salsa – any kind, I like the chunkier varieties best

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 Cup (or a little more) water

3 cups cooked beans, or 2(15-oz) cans beans, rinsed and drained.  I mix and match.  I find that black beans plus kidney or pinto beans are an especially nice combination.

1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos

Freshly ground black pepper

Optional seasonings – salt, a dash of cayenne and/or red pepper flakes(depending on your spiciness preference)

2 Cups frozen corn kernels

Garnishes – avocado, onion, (vegan)sour cream, (vegan) shredded cheese, fresh cilantro

-Combine salsa, chili powder, marjoram, cumin, and water in the slow cooker or soup pot.  Stir to combine.  Add beans and soy sauce, season to taste with pepper and optional seasonings, if using.  Cover – if slow cooking, set on low for 4-6 hours; if stove top, medium/simmer for ½ hour, stirring often.

-The original recipe says to thaw the corn kernels and add to the pot and cook for 10 more minutes.  I’ve done it this way, or just added them frozen at the beginning with the other ingredients and had equally excellent results.  Serve hot, garnish to your liking.  This freezes well and is a wonderful go-to meal all year round.  Add your favorite salad plus some cornbread or tortilla chips for a very satisfying meal.

You can read the full post here.  If you are interested in the cookbook from which my inspiration was derived, you can find it here.  And, find out ways you can help support Fit 4 All here.

It’s snowy up here in the Northeast.  Keep your long johns on!  I’m knitting a blanket right now.  That keeps my lap warm.

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Dreaming of summertime and the GARDEN!

Wendy

 

 

Delicious and Nutritious

As always, I look for new, fun ways to improve our health habits.  I recently discovered:

http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Live-Amazing-Nutrient-Rich-Sustained-ebook/dp/B0047Y175M/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410195618&sr=1-3&keywords=dr.+joel+fuhrman

This is not a brand-new book, but it is, nevertheless, very helpful and informative.  With the basic principles in mind, I created a yummy lunch  It contained a little olive oil, baby kale, some red kidney beans, chopped onion(dried), zucchini(I have to use that up!), walnuts, shitake mushrooms, and sunflower nuts:

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Here it is after cooking briefly:

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I have to say, it was delicious.  I plan on using food combinations like this as often as possible.  They are nutrient-dense foods, which are low in calories, so they pack a powerful punch when it comes to healthy eating.

In the meantime, I am drying seeds to save for next year’s garden planting:

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If it is hard to see, due to my “expert” photography skills, I have French Breakfast Radish, Purple String Beans, and Painted Lady and/or Scarlett Runner Beans.  The Scarlett Runner Beans have all red flowers, but the Painted Ladies have red and white flowers.  I think they make beautiful plants as well as yummy food!

It never ceases to amaze me how such a big, beautiful plant can come from a tiny seed!  Every year I marvel in wonder…..

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(Flowers from the Painted Lady String Bean plants)

Enjoy making healthy food to nourish you, give you strength, and help you feel happy!

Wendy

Good Reads

Summer is the time to read a little bit more, hopefully.  Now that it is the Fall, I appreciate being able to read whenever possible.  My favorite books are of the “How-To….” variety, however.  Here is one that is a little of both.  It is non-fiction, but it is not at all dry or boring.  A family makes a commitment to live off  food that is locally grown, either by themselves or others, for a period of one year.  One of my favorite chapters talks about raising turkeys, as there was little information available to the author, Barbara Kingsolver, at the time the book was written.  She handles every topic with sensitivity and humor.   It is available from Amazon:

This next book isn’t exactly something that one would sit down and read cover-to-cover, necessarily(well, I would).  I have to include it, though, because it has helped me be a better gardener in so many ways.  There are numerous recipes for Jerry Baker’s so-called “Terrific Garden Tonics,” which Joel calls my “Potions.”  The ingredients are mostly things that people have on hand in their homes, like dish detergent.  It is in a very simple-to-use format.  Also available from Amazon:

 

For when you are having trouble sleeping:

 

There are so many others, maybe I will do a post about them another day.  These are 3 good ones to get started on though.  Reading is a great “Off-Season” activity, too, as we store up knowledge to use during the growing season!

Hope you find the time to do some reading!

Wendy