Monthly Archives: October 2012

Healthy & Fit Over 50 Nutrition Tip #1

Inflammation is the root cause of most chronic disease. Check out Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Pyramid for ideas on how you can improve your food choices:

Meat Free Monday

While you’re shopping this weekend, buy the following ingredients and on Monday try something that your meat-loving family will love? This is a quick and easy recipe for a meat-free chili. The hardest thing you will do is saute the onions. Here it is:

NancyO’s Accidental, Fabulously Delicious Potato Chili (Vegan/Gluten Free)

1 Can (28oz) Diced Organic Tomatoes
1 Can (15oz) Light Red Kidney Beans
1 Can (15oz) Pinto Beans (Drained)
1 Can (15oz) Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce
2 Med Onions (sautéed)
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Cup Rehydrated TVP (I rehydrate with Edward & Sons Not Beef Bouillon)
6-8 Small Red Potatoes (cubed, unpeeled)
1 Cube Edward & Sons Not Beef Bouillon
1 T Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 T (or to taste) Chili Powder
1 T (or to taste) Cumin
1.5 T Coconut Oil/Earth Balance/Olive Oil (I used Coconut Oil

Okay, here’s how the accidental, fabulously delicious potato chili happened:

I was at the grocery store and googled ‘chili’ since I can never remember the ratio of tomatoes to tomato sauce or paste. I checked out three and all of them had only 1 large can of tomatoes so that’s what I bought. I got home and started adding ingredients and quickly realized that I needed another tomato product so I looked in my cabinet and the only thing I had was a can of Muir Glen Pizza Sauce. I read the ingredients and thought, “That should work. The Chili Powder and Cumin should do a good job of covering up most of the basil and oregano.”

I tossed everything in the Crockpot and cooked it several hours before dinner. I fixed myself a bowl, took a bite and realized that the bouillon cube added way too much salt … Hmmm, potatoes will absorb that, so tomorrow I’ll add some potatoes.

The next morning, I tossed it all back in the Crockpot and cubed 6-8 small red potatoes and added them. Several hours later I had the best chili I’d ever tasted … NancyO’s Accidental, Fabulously Delicious Potato Chili! But you don’t have to believe me. I gave away three bowls to friends and this is the response from two of them:

“OMG – the chili was AWESOME! … That is a recipe I think K (meat-eating hubby) would like too!”

“Chili was really good – THANKS!!”

Sadly all the sharing hasn’t left me with anything to freeze … darn!

I hope you get a chance to try this because it really is good and the perfect answer to Meat-Free Monday!