Simply Organic Adzuki Chili

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This is a very simple meal to fix.  One evening last week we came in from our evening walk in the brisk fall air and my husband says to me, “Honey, I would sure like to have some chili right now!”  Well, I thought I would love to have some, too!  The more I thought about it, I realized I had all the ingredients and within about 30 minutes, (voila!), we had some Organic Adzuki Chili hot and ready to eat!

The health benefits of adzuki beans are that they strengthen the kidneys and promote regular bowel movements. They are small brown/red beans which have a white stripe on one edge. They are originally from China and are very popular in Japan. Once they are cooked they give a nutty, sweet flavor and offer the lowest amount of fat and highest protein per bean than any other. They are a great source of fiber, potassium, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin and other vitamin B products. They are also rich in manganese, zinc and iron; all of which are incredibly good for you and needed in your everyday diet, particularly men, although women need just as many nutrients, essential vitamins and minerals, many of which are found in adzuki beans.  More information can be found in my post, Just Discovered Adzuki Beans!

To cook beans; soak for an hour in room temperature water, drain and add fresh water to 2 inches over level of beans, heat to boiling and simmer on low-medium heat for 50-60 minutes.  I add some sea salt and about 1 Tbsp. of olive oil while cooking.

Simply Organic Adzuki Chili

Makes 3 large bowls

Brown 1/4 lb. organic ground beef with 2 Tbsp.  Organic EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and about 1/4 cup chopped onion in small frying pan.  Salt and Pepper to taste.

In medium pan place 3 cups cooked Adzuki Beans (or any bean of your choice, I had these already cooked in freezer) with juice and and 1/2 cup Organic Muir Glenn Pureed Tomatoes.  Also add 1 large clove minced garlic.

Stir in browned ground beef mixture.  Add 1 cup cold water mixed with 2 teaspoons Tapioca Flour. Add 1 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste).  Add Real Salt to taste.

Heat until soup is heated all the way through.  I don’t cook anything with tomatoes in it for more than 10 minutes.  Cooking tomatoes very long can produce FGA (Free Glutamic Acid or MSG)!

Photo taken from our daily walk last week!

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