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Oscar Winning Chili

Nchilibowlothing says easy, healthy, filling, yummy, warming, delicious, inexpensive and hearty like a fantabulous bowl of chili! Chili is like the sound person on a movie set, no one really knows who that person is-they really rarely make into the lime-light, but they are pivotal for the success of every movie. Chili is that underestimated, often undervalued casual fare at parties but it is none the less pack full of incredible nutrients and it is super healthy. Add a bowl of flackers, tortilla chips, guacamole and maybe even some humus and you are all set to celebrate.


  • 2 tablespoons cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 6 cups of beans. I like black beans or mung beans and I actually sprout them first before using. Soak in water for 24 hours, transfer to colander and water twice a day for two-three days or until you can see little sprout shoots. Or use 3 cans beans of your choice or a combination. Drain and rinse well.
  • 3 fresh organic tomatoes or 1 can diced organic tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 can organic tomato sauce
  • Optional; 1 to 2 jalapeño or you can go hotter with other types of chili peppers if you want
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin


  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion sauté over medium-low heat until translucent or lightly browned. Add the garlic and sauté until the onion is golden. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are tender and the flavors have melded.
  2. Season with sea salt and fresh black pepper. Add finely chopped parsley for garnish.

Optional Variations:

  • Add kale or spinach towards the end for extra nutrition
  • Add cooked corn kernels toward the end for more sweetness
  • Add extra “hot stuff” like minced fresh chili peppers, dried hot red pepper flakes
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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


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To eat or not to eat….the tale of the toxic can of mushrooms..

Yesterday I worked for ten hours seeing sick people at the clinic and when I was done I needed a little Alison time to decompress and so naturally I went to the grocery store. I find shopping for fruits and vegetables quite soothing. I know, some people like shoes, me, it’s the produce section….Anyways, there is a global market near the clinic and so I decided to stop, see what Asian/Mexican treats were available. Needless to say I bought a plethora of interesting greens and foods, some that I still do not even know how to use or how to name – I shall experiment this evening. And I must say that I was happily distracted for at least an hour.

I walked the aisles of curry, hot sauces and seaweeds and when I stumbled across the ‘every kind of canned mushrooms’, I was super happy. I love the straw variety and decided that I definitely needed a few cans of these.

Today, as I was preparing lunch and heating up some chili that I made, I remembered that I had those delicious mushroom. So, I opened a can, rinsed and then poured them into my soup. YUM! When I was putting the can in my recycling bin I happened to see the expiration date, it said 2022. Wow, I looked again thinking it probably said 2012, but nope, clearly it said 2022. I thought, my God these little guys may live longer than me! Then I had to wonder how is that possible, feels weird? I was actually scared to look at the ingredient list especially after I noticed the 800 mg of sodium per serving…yikes!  I just had to stop and pull my eyes away but before I did, I had another thought, BPA. OMG! Of course this can also had BPA and I thought how much BPA can a  mushroom absorb between now and 2022? How old is the can to begin? I mean, if it can last until 2022, maybe it is only midway through its shelf life and this can is actually from 2002. So I am thinking that is a lot of BPA?

Jeez, I am telling you, knowledge is not always bliss!  After all was said and done I contemplated deep and hard as to whether or not I should even eat this delicious meal. I really like those mushrooms and the chili that I added it too was divine. Funny, as toxic laden as it may be, it was not an easy decision…Needless to say I am probably never going to buy canned mushrooms at the asian store again.

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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


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