Friday, August 28, 2015

Chili w/ Corn (Large Pot)

Pinto Beans are the thing in the southwest and versatile in many dishes.  However you like them or like to fix them they are delish!

Chili w/ Corn

Prepare as package directed or as you know how or prefer. 
6 Cups of Pinto Beans

Place beans in the large pot or stock pot, pick through the beans discarding any bean that isn’t smooth and good-looking, also any little rocks that might be mixed in.  Wash with clean water to remove any dirt.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Once boiling well turn off, cover, and set aside for an hour or more or even the next day. J  If getting to the next day I repeat the cooking process at least a couple times draining the used water and using fresh.  It just seems to work; beans are tenderer and less gassy.   When beans are ready to cook after the final draining; to the pot of beans add:

6 cups of water (I used ½ cup extra toward the end to thin a bit)
1 (26.oz) pouch of Pomi chopped tomatoes (or of choice 28oz)
1 medium chopped/diced sweet onion
2 Tbsp of minced garlic (I used giant size cloves – Jack in the beanstalk giant)!
2 good pinches of kosher salt
3 large leaves of Swiss chard, stems removed and finely minced
10 oz beef / pork or mix chorizo (it’s what I had), browned
1.10 pounds ground sirloin, browned
1 Tbsp spices (spice mix below, your choice) or more to taste
Few ears for fresh corn on the cob, halved or what you may have leftover.
Cheese of choice for on top!

Cook all until done to your liking.  If using fresh corn add just before it's done.  Fresh corn only takes 7 - 8 minutes.  If using leftover corn through in at end to warm. 

Chili Spices
1 Tbsp mild red chili powder
1 – 1.5 Tsp green chili powder – I ground from my garden*
½ Tsp cumin
½ Tbsp dried parsley
½ Tsp dried marjoram
Mix all together use as needed.  *You can use cayenne or other medium to hot pepper.

 Yummy - don't forget fresh tortillas or cornbread!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kale Smoothie ~

How about a jump start for your morning that can help you throughout your day!  Delicious!  I found this recipe here I've been following 101 Cookbooks for several years now and visit often.  In fact I mentioned to my son that it was there I first saw a recipe using mesquite flour.  I love her site it looks fresh and clean - recipes are awesome.

Awesome ingredients;

2 cups fresh kale in pieces - no stems
1 cup fresh pineapple in chunks
1 banana (skin removed)
1/2 fresh raw goat milk (org. uses almond)
1 heaping tbsp almond butter (can be raw)*

Place all in your blender and "blend" together.

Until its all incorporated.

Serve it up in a pretty glass.

Definitely awesome deliciousness to the last drop!

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Kale is an excellent source of vitamin K A and C you can check some of the benefits below.

Worlds Healthiest Foods

Medical News Today  (has a few concerns for Beta Blocker users)

Authority Nutrition (10 proven benefits)

Healthy Kale Recipes 

* Note on Almond Butter - you want the best some have additives that aren't needed.  You can also make your own nut butters.  On the Almond Milk I would say the same, however, with Almond as with low fat diary products I have found very undesirable additives like Carrageenan here are a couple of VERY interesting articles and reasons to say away from this.  Natural News  and Cornucopia  shares a full list of organic foods that carry this chemical.

I'm always tried to make meals and do what I believe to be the healthiest for me.  I'm thankful aways for Gods help and I consider myself healthy, not that I can't always improve.  Mostly I think on what is as close to God's good in shopping.  I do the best I can and always to my best to avoid man added whatever(s)!
Christians often talk about their bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)- but never take note of what they are putting in.  And yes, there's is more to that scripture but He's also has given us a brain to use we should conceder what we do to our bodies.  Done :)

So hope you try the smoothie!
Oh, and Jane, sorry it's taken so long to post!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Grilled Chicken Breast & Kale Salad w Avocado Tahini Dressing

This Mother's Day meal was fit for a King!  Or Queen .  .  .  Me that is!  I couldn't decide which of the pictures I wanted to use so I posted all that I took - and I guess I could continue the theme from a previous post "Eat Safford" for this meal was a Safford!  Though not from any of the many same restaurants we seem to have.  :(  No kidding!   

The chicken breast was grilled.  First I rinsed and patted dry Open Nature skinless chickens breast (4 halves) drizzled it with Olive Oil and then I put on Key West Seafood Rub both purchased from Genevieve's Market.  I let chicken sit for about 30 minutes.  During which time I made dressing for my kale salad (all greens from the Farmers Market)  

I then got the grill going and cooked the chicken breasts till done.  They were awesome and perfect, not dry - delicious full of flavor.  My husband said it actually was the best I've made!  

The salad was made of kale, roman and broccoli.  I also sliced almonds (the best I could) to sprinkle on and mix in after I tossed with dressing.  The dressing used was located here.  (I'm hoping to try Jeanine Donofrio salad next - blogger of Love and Lemons).

Avocado Tahini Sauce

In a food processor place:

1 small or 1/2 of large avocado
1-1/2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 small garlic clove
1 tbsp olive oil

Pulse together then add:

2 tbsp water
salt and pepper - to taste

In large bowl with greens - I used about 2 cups each kale and romaine sliced thin and about 1 cup - 1 and 1/2 sliced up broccoli flowers lengthwise.  Mixed half the dressing over greens and tossed through. Added almond slices and the rest of the dressing and served with my slices of chicken breast.  Very good and tangy dressing, a perfect lighter meal for warm weather.

Cheese Cake from the Cottage Bakery and decorated by me - drizzled with raspberry sauce and a few berries.  Yum!  We purchased the smaller cake Ruth made, the bigger cheesecake had been sold ~ :(

I enjoyed this meal and it went together pretty quick!