November 28, 2016

Recipe | BEST Southwest Steak Chili

With Beans You can Grow Yourself

For centuries, the ancient superfood “tepary beans” have sustained the traditional peoples living in Arizona’s Sonoran desert. Full of fiber, the beans are high in protein and low on the glycemic index.

When cooked, the petite brown beans closely resemble navy beans commonly found in traditional baked beans. And their earthy flavor is quite similar. Or you can substitute two cans of regular kidney beans if desired (see image below).

This recipe is richly laced with tomatoes, incorporating several variations on the delicious vine-ripened fruit. The Mexican tomato sauce is spicy but not too hot, and a diced Poblano chile pepper lends southwest authenticity to your simmering bean pot.


16-oz pkg Ramona Farms brown tepary beans, cooked
OR two 29 oz cans of regular kidney beans
1 Tbs avocado oil
½ yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
6-oz can tomato paste
½ cup mild tomato salsa
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut up
1 large poblano chile pepper, cut up
1 lb beef eye round steak, ½-inch cubes
1 tsp salt


In a 3-quart dutch oven (or slow cooker), soak and cook the beans according to package directions. Note: This process takes up to 10 hours, or more. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, tomato salsa, sun-dried tomatoes and Mexican pepper. Allow mixture to simmer.

Meanwhile, in a separate pan, saute the onion and garlic until translucent, then add them to the beans. In the same pan, brown the beef steak cubes and add it to the beans. Stir in the salt and simmer the chili for ½ hour until the meat is cooked through. 

Serve chili in bowls garnished with a generous dollop of sour cream topped with diced avocado and cilantro. If desired, serve yellow corn chips on the side for dipping. Yum!

Know & Grow

Going back countless generations among the Sonoran Desert peoples, prized heirloom beans are passed down from family to family. The tepary is the most drought and heat adapted species of bean on the planet. Buy them here and plant some in your kitchen garden. But be careful not to over-water!

Southwest steak chili with kidney beans and black beans

Recipe Source & Images: e-Mom

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October 24, 2016

Healthy DIY ~ 7 Ways to WIN by Losing

Chicken Spanakopita

Commonsense Tips

1. Exercise in the morning—before breakfast.

2. DO NOT skip breakfast.

3. Eat several small, healthy meals throughout
the day.

4. Eat more slowly and savor your food.

5. Keep a daily journal of your weight loss goals and your progress.

6. Take up a fitness hobby you really enjoy such as Zumba dance, swimming, or tennis and participate regularly.

7. Drink lots of water.

Source: "Dr. Oz's 100 Weight Loss Tips"

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October 17, 2016

DIY ~ 40 BEST Emergency Preps for Moms

Better to Prepare a Year Too Early ... Than a Day Too Late !
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"Did you know that September is National Emergency Preparedness month? Little-by-little, I'm making good progress purchasing the items on the following wishlist. As I go, I'm feeling much better prepared to tackle the household inconveniences brought about by the next rain storm, power outage, flood, or earthquake. Remember: One is like None, Two is like One."–Susannah's Kitchen

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