Issue 3: Semi Homemade Winter Comfort

Ingrediants:

  • 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.

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