Issue 3: Semi Homemade Winter Comfort


  • Dry Red Beans
  • two cans diced tomatoes
  • half a Jalepeño diced
  • 2 Tbsp diced sweet onion diced
  • McCormick chili seasoning
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Tumeric
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Johnny’s Seasoning Salt  {generous amount to bring out the flavors in this large batch}

Making this chili was my first attempt at homemade chili, so there was a little trial and error for the first round.

Start by quick soaking red beans according to the package.  About the time that the beans are done, start browning you meat.  Drain the beans and at two cans of diced tomatoes to the beans, onion, jalapeño, chili seasoning, garlic powder to taste or what I did was just sprinkle it until there was a layer covering the beans in a large stew pot.  I don’t have an actual measurement because I  just sprinkled until it was a nice layer.  I did the same with the cinnamon.  I sprinkled the Turmeric on about half the surface area, as well as the nutmeg.  Then sprinkle a good layer of seasoning salt.  However I end up adding more later.  Add about a cup of water, and mix well.  Simmer on low for as long as you like to get the consistency that is desired.  I let them simmer a couple of hours until the beans were firm but still cooked.  Following this I tried some and thought it needed quite a bit more seasoning salt.  Probably because of the volume of beans and meat to bring out the flavor.  So I added probably about 2 or 3 more table spoons of seasoning salt.  Until it brought out the flavor enough.  I enjoyed it in a bowl with melted Mexican cheese on top and my husband had it over two hot dogs with mustard.  Good way to bring some comfort food to the table when it is still cold out.

I have a great sense of joy from this meal, knowing that I made it, and its packed with healthy yummy food.

Beans, I am a huge fan of dry beans, and rarely ever buy any other prepared kind anymore.  They are so nutritious, with all the fiber and protein that we need to have a balanced meal they truly are a magical food.  I love that they are so cheap and if you are ever short on things or money, they are a great way to have a comfort filled meal to feed many mouths or a small family for days.

The sweet onion and jalapeño were left overs from a few days before when I made pico- de gallo, and wanted to use them.

The tomatoes were the last two I had in the pantry and a perfect amount to make this meal.

Beef, The meat was the only item that was more expensive, but well worth it in my opinion.  It spreads so far when mixed in the chili, which doesn’t normally happen when we use meat.  I think this meat tastes better and it brings me peace knowing that the animals were farmed in a healthy manner.  The way they were meant to be.

Spices add flavor as well as health benefits

Garlic, because I love the flavor, and it’s naturally anti-biotic, helps low cholesterol, high blood pressure can help keep bug bits and lice away and even reduce pain from a toothache.

Cinnamon, to add a little warmth to the chili, also lowers cholesterol, blood sugar regulation, yeast infection, cancer prevention, arthritis relief, antibacterial, boosts cognitive function, E. Coli fighter, and its high in nutrients.

Nutmeg, Oh the many benefits of this typical winter spice.  Nutmeg can help induce relaxation and sleep combined with a warm glass of milk.  It has wonderful skin care properties, helps to detox the liver and kidneys, counteracts that bad breath the garlic may cause, promotes healthy digestive system, helps with sedation and pain relief from inflammation, aches, and muscle pain.  It also acts as a brain stimulant and can eliminate fatigue and stress, may assist anxiety and depression and helps concentration.

Turmeric has amazing healing properties.  It is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflamitory, antiseptic, and disinfectant, and helpful for detoxing the liver. It’s a natural pain-killer, and long been used in Chinese medicine for depression. Speeds up wound healing and helps with remodeling of the skin.  (which is great for me since I had surgery and am still healing)

Enjoy with someone you love.

Issue 2 Green Smoothie Winter

Green Smoothie Winter


This is an example of my green smoothies in winter.  They are very impromptu and I just add what ever I feel like.  I freeze anything I want to put in my smoothies that I cannot buy already frozen, and then just sprinkle the  ingredients into the Ninja. In the end it was like any smoothie you might buy at a juice bar, only custom and didn’t cost me $5 or more for an extra-large. I find they make me feel energized and give me a little zing in the afternoon, as well as giving me a little sense of accomplishment that I’ve had a nutrient dense yummy snack or meal. Lately I’m adding seeds for preventative health maintenance  and there’s an added benefit I’ve been trying out by harvesting papaya seeds when I cut the fruit for freezing. Did you know that papaya seeds are really good for you, they have great probiotic qualities and they are a natural way to flush your digestive system of unwanted visitors…

Kale my feature winter vegetable this issue is my one constant in smoothies of late.  No matter what I’m putting in the ninja, Fresh Kale goes in every time. I had no idea it was so cheap, and I knew it was good for you but I didn’t know how good. I’ve done my research and it is super rich in Vitamin K an anti cancer nutrient and well as helpful in colon health. It is full of antioxidant vitamins A,C, flavonoids and carotenoids. It is also a good source of fiber, making regularity a reality.

It is one of my favorite super foods and my daughter loves that she can have a berry smoothie any time she wants with healthy fiber rich kale in it,because she cannot taste it, and isn’t left feeling like she’s forced to eat yucky green things.

Kiwi, my feature winter fruit in this issue is such a wonderful little ball of flavor. Its sweet, and tart and gives a special kick to the taste of my smoothies.  I’ve learned recently that kiwifruit has a much higher value of Vitamin C than oranges and is rich in Vitamin K, significant levels of dietary fiber and Vitamin E. You may also find it is a uniques source of omega-3 fatty acids among other nutrients.

I’m so thankful that these found place in my mid day smoothies. Enjoy some and know that you’re doing your body good, keeping it beautiful and healthy with these perfect sources of medicine God created.


Todays smoothie

  • Frozen Ingredients
  • Hawaiian or Mexican Papaya
  • Mango
  • 2 Tbsp Pomegranate seeds
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Fresh Ingredients
  • Kiwi 
  • 1Tbsp Papaya seeds
  • 2 Kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup Kefir
  • 1/2 cup Organic Milk whey
  • 1/4 cup Florida’s Natural Orange juice

Volume 1, Issue 1 : Print edition

As you may notice, this is a photo copy of an actual page I designed and used for an assignment in college where I had to create a publication of my own.  It sparked an idea I have had on the back burner for some years now, and finally taking it to the next level with this blog.  I hope you can enjoy and learn from reading it as much as I do while creating it.  Happy Tasting!

The Tasteful Talon Print