White Bean Chili

New and improved “White Bean Chili”

Rating  –  

Would I make it again – Yes

Now that the weather is changing and football season is here. How about a big pot of chili.  Hmm,  I need something new and improved, something different.  I got it,  how about “White Bean Chili”. 

Don’t get scared, it has meat for you carnivores. The original recipe called for ground chicken or ground turkey.  I did a blend and had 1 pound of each.  I have also seen white bean chili recipes with sausage.  Since I am trying to eat more healthy, I opted for the turkey and chicken and skipped the sausage.

white bean chili

Here are some “simple tips” for making this chili.

  • Brown your ground meat before adding to the crock pot.
  • Use “White Chili packet seasoning
  • Use white pepper.
  • Use tomato paste in the tube — “you only need 2 T”

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If you prefer chicken breast that ok too.  My sister uses dry beans  so she cooks her chicken breast and bean together in the crock pot.  Me I was lazy I used canned. When the meat is done she shreds the chicken and then add the other ingredients.  

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 pounds ground turkey or ground chicken

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 ½ cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 package white chili mix

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon tabasco or “I use chopped jalapeño instead “

1 4-ounce chopped green chilies drained

1 19-ounce can great northern beans drained

 

  1. In large skillet, over medium heat, warm oil and add turkey, onion, garlic, and salt and cook until the turkey is cooked through, breaking up the turkey as it cooks. Drain any remaining juices from pan; set aside. (Do not skip … precooking turkey; putting in the slow cooker raw results in a watery unappetizing chili.)

 

  1. In slow cooker, combine the broth and tomato paste and mix well.  Add the turkey mixture to crock, then add all remaining ingredients, except for the chilies and beans. Stir well to combine.

3. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

4. Stir well, then cook 1 hour more.

Roast Chicken with Lemon-Garlic

Five Stars on“Roast Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes” by Monica B.

Recipe Rating :  

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken with Lemon Garlic Brussel Sprouts and Potatoes

Monica’s challenge from our “Weight Loss Group” was to try a new vegetable. She choose to make “Roast Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes” from AllRecipes. This was a hit, and will be added to Family Favorites.

Monica said that this recipe changed her attitude toward brussels sprouts. In the past she felt brussels sprouts were mushy and overcooked, however this recipe gave the vegetable flavor and crunch.  

Monica not only critiqued the recipe, but also gave the ”Weight Loss Group” the benefits for adding brussels sprouts to your diets.

Brussels Sprouts:

“Brussels sprouts a good source of protein, iron and potassium, but they also offer other benefits that can boost your overall health.” For more benefit check out this article  Health Benefits of Eating Brussels Sprouts.

 Great job Monica, we are all excited about trying this recipe.

Homemade Shea Body Butter

Homemade Shea Body Butter for Natural Hair !!!

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When I say body butter it’s just that, I use this homemade Shea butter from head to toe. I start with my hair to seal in moisture and proceed to use it all over my body to soften my skin. This is one DIY project I will continue to use because it so simple to make. I have made it several times and changed the essential oil for variety in scent.

  • 1/2 cup Shea butter
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons  Grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons Jojoba oil
  • 5 drops Essential oil ( your choice) a little goes a long way.

Your amounts can vary depending on how firm you like it. For more stiffness add more solid butter, (i.e the Shea or a Coconut) vs. the liquid oil makes it more buttery or smooth. 

 

Shea Body Butter

Shea Body Butter

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DIY – Homemade Deodorant

Embrace Change with homemade deodorant.

Try this healthy alternative to store brands. A homemade deodorant can be made with only 4 basic ingredients but I researched different recipes on Pinterest to come up with this blend.  I was surprised, just how easy it was to make and how effective it was when using.  

Try DIY Deodorant --- you will never use store brought again. Click To Tweet

A word of caution if you are normally use to an anti-perspirant DIY deodorant will allow you to sweat.  I didn’t experience any odor but the wetness caught me off guard.  I did enjoy using different essential oils for a fresh scent, lavender and jasmine was my favorite.  

Check out my Transformation Tips for others health alternatives.  

 

diy deodorant

Ingredients:

1/3 cup coconut oil

3 tablespoons beeswax pellets

2 tablespoons shea butter

1/3 cup arrowroot powder

2 tablespoons baking soda

15 drops lavendar essential oil — or a scent of your choice

5 drops of tea tree oil

Directions — fills 2 empty containers.

  1. Melt cdeodorant containeroconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. ( I used a double boiler)
  2. Stir in arrowroot and baking soda
  3. Add essential oil and tea tree oil 
  4. Pour in empty deodorant containers. 
  5. Let set or put into refrigerator until solid.  
  6. Replace caps 
  7. Use like any other deodorant.

deodorant

 

Water Challenge

Do you drink enough water? Try this water challenge.

Water Challenge

Drink 4 bottles per day, 28 bottles a week.

Before I took this water challenge, I thought I drank a lot of water. I was wrong. Yes, I do drink a lot of water, but I found I was not consistent on a daily bases. 

The challenge was to drink 4 bottles of water per day for 7 days.  I purchased a 32 pack of Nestle Pure Life Water from Walmart for only $3.98.  I numbered the bottles 1 to 28. The goal was to drink 4 bottles per day, it didn’t  seem like a lot, until I started drinking them.  

4 bottles of waters

On day 2,  I had only consumed 1.5 bottles by 4:30 pm. I drank the 4 bottles,  but you know what that meant.  Yes, I was running to the bathroom all night long. After that incident,  I started checking the number on the bottle top to ensure I was on track so I would not repeat that mistake again.  

Quick note to my “Green Lovers”,  I know plastic bottles are bad for the environment, but this is a great test for accountability and accuracy. So often, we over estimate the amount of water we are consuming, at least I did.  Feel free to adjust the test to a more environmentally safe container if you feel more comfortable. 

Back to the test; at the end of 7 days this should give you a good ideal on how much water you are consuming.  At the end of 7 days, look at the results to determine if any adjustments are needed.  

Water Challenge drink 28 bottles of water in 1 week. Thats 4 bottles per day for 7 days. Click To Tweet

Stephanie was a part of our 30 day trial when she took this challenge,  she found it difficult to drink 4 bottles each day.  She said “I can get 3 down, but I am having problems with the 4th”.  I suggested she drink half a bottle of water when she first get up and the last half in the evening before bed. It worked, that simple adjustment made the difference.  Stephanie also noted that infusing her water with fruits made it easier for her to drink.

Water is essential in your weight loss journey. Taking this challenge will give you a true insight on how much you are consuming.

 

Embrace Change: Find Courage

Find Courage: A great quote from Lewis Timberlake calendar.

Each day my goal is to find more courage and do the things I love. Stepping outside my comfort zone can be hard, however staying in fear is more frightening. I love finding quotes or nuggets of wisdom to start my day.  I found this in my  “First Thing Every Morning” calendar.  These quotes are from January 4th, it was the perfect word to start my day.

Courage

Courage is:

  • Performing the task that would be easier not to do.
  • Mastering our fears and getting on with the wonderful things life has to offer — even when it appears there is no road on which to travel.
  • Flourishing in adversity and facing life’s disappointments head-on.
  • Not allowing fear to take over and control our lives. It is making plans for ways to overcome those fears.
  • Accepting the responsibilities that would be more comfortable not to accept.
  • Taking the least traveled path.

Resource: Lewis Timberlake calendar

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Blueberry Smoothie Meal Alternative

Great tasting Blueberry Smoothie pack with power.

Looking for a quick breakfast try this Blueberry Smoothie.  Trying to lose weight replace your breakfast and dinner with this smoothie and watch the pounds melt away.  

Consider using wild blueberries they’re higher in nutrient than conventional blueberries. You can find them in your freezer section.

For extra sweetness add in a banana. Need more protein add chia seeds. I try to keep them simple with four ingredients.  

 

Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 tablespoon sunflower butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • water to blend (for personal thickest)

Smoothie

Family Favorites: Sock-It-To-Me Cake

Sister Ford’s (Helen Ford)  famous Sock-It-To-Me Cake:

When I was growing up potlucks and family dinners were a weekly occurrence and everyone had a go to dish or family favorite.  Helen Ford whom we called Sister Ford was known for her Sock-It-To-Me Cake.  I loved this cake, not to sweet but sweet enough where icing was not required.  Bundt Cake

I was so excited when LaTrice post the Sock-It-To-Me recipe on Facebook as a tribute on Sister Ford’s birthday. Thanks LaTrice. I made this cake for my husband and he loved it.

 

  • 1 – Box yellow cake mixSock-it-to-me Cake
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cup nuts (pecans my favorite)

Mix cake mix, sugar and cooking oil, beat until throughly mixed. 

Add 4 eggs

Beat 2 minutes or until mixed well

Add sour cream and vanilla, mix well

Stir in nuts last.

 

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