National Chili Day

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a special day to celebrate chili and all its deliciousness!

This warming and filling meal is also extremely nutritious.

In Spanish, the word chile from the Nahuatl “chīlli” refers to a “chili pepper”, and carne is Spanish for “meat”.

According to Wikipedia, The original recipe consisted of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt, which were pounded together, formed into bricks and left to dry, which could then be boiled in pots on the trail

Many people think that Chili originated in Mexico, however, food historians agree that it is an American dish.

In 1893 at the Chicago World Fair, the San Antonio Chili Stand served chili to visitors and helped people taste and appreciate the dish. By the turn of the century, chili parlors were popping up in towns across the US.

Here are some interesting facts about chili.

  • National Chili Day is held every year on the fourth Thursday of February
  • Did you know that Chili was designated the official dish of Texas in 1977?
  • It has been said that chili joints meant the difference between starvation and staying alive during the Great Depression since chili was cheap and crackers were free
  • Vegetarian chili is technically chili sans carne

National Chili Day

There are many debates over what ingredients make a ‘true’ chili con carne. Many people associate chili with beans of some type, however, in “Texas-style chili” beans may not be included in the dish. Other versions may not include tomatoes.

Do you have a favorite chili recipe, or a favorite way to serve it?   Do you add sour cream, grated cheese or sliced avocado to your chili? Do you like it with or without beans? Mild, hot or scorching?

No matter which way you eat it, chili is a great food to warm you up on a cold day.

Here is my favorite chili recipe!


  • 1 tsp oil (I use coconut oil, but olive oil or grapeseed oil are also good choices)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 gloves garlic
  • 3 jalapenos, roasted, peeled and sliced
  • 3 poblanos, roasted, peeled and sliced
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded and minced (optional for more heat)
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can of chipotles
  • 1 tsp ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 – 28 oz can pureed tomatoes
  • 2 – 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 2 – 4 tbsp chili powder or to taste
  • 1 – 15.5 oz can black beans
  • 2 – 15.5 oz cans chickpeas
  • 1 – 15.5 oz can adzuki beans (or kidney, pinto or cannelini)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

(meat option – add in 1 pound ground turkey, chicken or thinly sliced steak)

Feel free to add in any veggies that you wish (corn, carrots, sweet peppers, etc.)


  1. In a large pot, heat oil. Add onion and sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add in poblanos and jalapenos and chipotle chile and sauce (if desired) Saute for a another 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Add in cumin and coriander. Toast for 2 minutes, continually stirring.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Cook for at least 30 minutes. If you have time allow to cook at a low and slow pace about 2 hours.
  7. When ready to serve, stir in a handful of kale to add more greens.
  8. Test chili and adjust seasoning as needed.

Garnish with any of the following:

fresh cilantro, sliced or chopped avocados, sliced green onions, tortilla chips or lime wedges.


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What is Bone Broth, and What Can it Do for You?

I don’t know if you’ve seen as many posts about bone broth as I have lately, but it seems to be that this is the next ‘big thing’ in healthy living with some going so far as to call it a super food. As my son who is a chef says, “it’s soup broth mom. Why the fancy, schmancy name for it?” 

And while I did laugh at that, I will definitely say that no matter what you call it, it is something that should be a part of your healthy lifestyle.

Remember when you were sick, and your mother or grandmother made you eat chicken soup? Did you ever wonder why this was something that made you feel better?   Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul, bone broths are nutrient dense, easy to digest, rich and flavour, and   yes, they boost healing. The reason for that is, that a really good bone broth is simmered for a long period of time, and while the bones are simmering they are releasing healing compounds such as collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine. (you may have seen some of these names in your supplements)   The bones are also releasing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, among others that help reduce inflammation.

A study of chicken soup (broth) conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center wondered what it was in the soup that made it so beneficial for colds and flu.  What they found was the amino acids that were produced when making chicken stock reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. Research is also proving that it can also boost the immune system and heal disorders like allergies, asthma, and arthritis

But don’t confuse homemade bone broth with the stock and broth that are in cans and cubes that you buy at the grocery store. Many of those are not real. They are made using lab produced meat flavors and will more than likely contain MSG, which is a meat flavor, but in reality is a neurotoxin.

My mother in law used to say that the best way to stay healthy and keep colds and flu away was to have a bowl of homemade soup every day. She wasn’t a scientist by any means, but a woman who raised 8 children and saw that this worked in her family.

So, today I am sharing with you a basic bone broth that you can make at home.   Drink a cup of this warm goodness every day instead of tea or coffee, or add your favorite vegetables to make a hearty lunch or dinner addition.



  • 2-4 large marrow bones
  • 2 large knuckle bones
  • 1-2 bulbs garlic (anti bacterial properties)
  • 1 chopped stalk of celery 
  • 2 – 3 carrots chopped
  • 1 – 2 Chopped onions
  • Add water to cover, but allow room in pot to boil.
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Dash of turmeric (has anti inflammatory properties)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar helps to pull out the important nutrients from the bones.


  1.  Place bones into a large stock pot and cover with water.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to water prior to cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones.
  3. Fill stock pot with filtered water.  Leave plenty of room for water to boil.
  4. Heat slowly. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for at least six hours.  Remove scum as it arises.
  5. Cook slow and at low heat. Chicken bones can cook for 24 hours. Beef bones can cook for 48 hours. A low and slow cook time is necessary in order to fully extract the nutrients in and around bone.
  6. Adding in vegetables such as onions, garlic, carrots, and celery provide added nutrient value.

After cooking, the broth will cool and a layer of fat will harden on top.  This layer protects the broth beneath.  Discard this layer only when you are about to eat the broth.

Have you ever had bone broth?  Do you think you might give it a try?


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How to fend off a cold (Naturally)

Many people are looking for alternative ways to stay healthy and fend off a cold naturally and without the use of over the counter medications.  Amanda Diamond shares her routine for avoiding sickness.

Everyone that I came into contact with last week was sick…

With the frigid temperatures this time of year it’s no wonder people’s immune systems are having a hard time keeping up. Though I have done a great job of staying “bug” free this winter the reality is a person can’t stay bulletproof forever.

I awoke Saturday morning with that all too familiar ache in the back of my throat, and I knew that I had to act quickly if I wanted to avoid a full-fledged cold/flu…because let’s be honest, busy moms don’t have time for colds!


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Happy National Banana Bread Day

mmmmm…..  There is NOTHING like a slice of banana bread warm and fresh from the oven, with a little bit of butter on it.    

So to celebrate National Banana Bread Day (yes, it really is a thing) here is my favorite recipe for today’s object of desire….

Seriously, where else can you take these….  20150223_091930

and turn them into this?

Banana Bread

Here is how!

Healthy and Gluten Free Banana Bread!


  • 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 3 free range organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Medjool dates    
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (can use macadamia nut oil, or cold pressed olive oil if desired) or grass fed butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed or chia seed


  1. Preheat your oven to 325F
  2. Combine the mashed banana, dates, oil or butter, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, baking sode and baking powder.
  3. Add the almond meal and flaxseed and mix well by hand or mixer on low speed.
  4. Lightly grease one loaf tin and then dust liberally with extra almond meal. This prevents the cake from sticking. I use a regular sized loaf pan.
  5. Spoon batter into the tin and bake.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to one hour (a skewer inserted into the centre should come out dry).
  7. Cover the top with foil if over-browning.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool before turning out the loaf.

Makes one loaf.


 National Banana Bread Day


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