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Meatless Monday: Beefless Chili, Benefits of Tea

I’m not sure where you live, but I live in Texas. It is getting rather warm here, actually it’s hot here. The high today will be 82 degrees. You may be wondering why I am posting a chili recipe if it’s so hot here. Well, in Texas, chili can be eaten anytime, whether it’s snowing in North Texas, or blazing down here in the south.

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This recipe was made right before I went to a family gathering. I don’t remember what it was for, but I do remember that they loved the chili. This chili was made on a whim, meaning I had never made it before, nor did I know what I was doing or how it was going to turn out. I have to say, I put my foot in that chili, figuratively of course. Here’s the recipe and directions:

Beefless Chili

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 large purple onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pck of Beyond Meat meatless ground (I used the feisty flavor)
  • 2 c water
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • 1 c black rice
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 2-4 tbsp. chili powder (depends on your taste)
  • Boil water then add rice. Cook until water is almost gone.

Directions

Sauté meatless ground, bell peppers and onions until onions are clear. Add black beans and rice. Pour in vegetable broth and add chili powder. Simmer until hot, about 20 min. Enjoy!


Benefits of Tea

I am an avid tea drinker, drinking tea every single day. I have never been a coffee person, mainly because coffee makes your breath stink and because caffeine has the opposite effect on me, meaning it puts me to sleep and fast. I don’t remember when I started drinking tea, but I’m thinking it may have been some time before college, not a hundred percent sure. I didn’t like the bottled or canned teas, I loved the ones you had to boil water and steep the bag.


There are many different types of teas and different brands but my personal preference is Yogi tea, and yes, I have tried all of them. My favorites are the Ginger, Super Antioxidant Green Tea, Green Tea Kombucha, Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life, Detox, and Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin. All of these teas have different benefits and I’m not going to go into to too much detail for each.

Green tea is a great way to get in antioxidants which fight against free radicals that cause cancer. Green tea has also been proven to help with weight loss. Ginger tea aids in digestion and it is also great for when you are feelin nauseous or have an upset stomach. Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and a fat burner. I put cinnamon in almost everything (no lie), so anytime I see a tea with cinnamon in it, I grab it. The detox tea has herbs in it like dandelion root, which gives great digestive support. Each one of these teas has it’s own benefits and a lot of times, I mix and match depending on what I feel I need most out of my cup that day.

Why is any of this important? Well, I know that most Americans are coffee drinkers and while coffee does have it’s benefits, it also has some negative components, such as ulcers, IBS, acidity, heartburn, laxative qualities (and not in a good way), and it can cause men to not have and /or hold an erection. Now there are good quality coffee beans like green coffee bean extract, that are full of antioxidants. So next time you stop at Starbucks, think again before you order that latte or Frappuccino. Drink them I’m moderation, like once a week.

 

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