Easy classic chili recipe 

Everyone loves chili.

If you’re vegetarian or just want a break, just omit the meat and add chopped fresh peppers, portobello mushrooms, or … What else would go well in a steaming hot bowl of delicious and healthy chili? Leave a comment and let me know!

Note please, this recipe has beans in it so if you are a purist than stay away from this recipe. Don’t look!

Ingredients:

1-1.5 lbs ground beef
1 large chopped onion
1 pack chili seasoning mix
1 can passata or diced tomatoes
1 jar tomato sauce
2 cups of water
1 can white kidney beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 cup fresh mushrooms, quartered
1 can corn

Directions:

  1. Brown beef and onions together. Medium high heat.
  2. Add can and jar of tomato sauce, drained beans, seasoning pack, mushrooms, corn and water.
  3. Simmer for one hour, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes. Low heat. Covered.

And voila! This chilli can last the week in the fridge but it probably won’t last that long because it is so delicious. It will get better with time because the flavours will begin to combine and the chili will thicken. Great toppings for this is plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, cheese, chopped green onion or hot sauce.

Calories? This chili has about 250 calories per cup, loads of fibre from the beans and corn, about 22 grams of protein, about 9 grams of fat and about 23 grams of carbohydrate.

Brown beef and onions over medium/high heat for about 10-15 minutes until all beef is cooked. If you wish drain some fat after this step. All photography in this blog by @serenapeace (Instagram)
I used this seasoning packet but you don’t have to! Use a mixture of 1 teaspoon cumin powder, one teaspoon red chili powder, one teaspoon minced garlic and one teaspoon ginger if you like instead! If you want a smoky taste, you can also add liquid smoke or Worcestershire sauce (a teaspoon of each or more to taste!)
Love the simple directions to make chili on the back! Even though this packet said hot and spicy it wasn’t especially hot or spicy but added a great flavor to the chili!
I use one can of diced tomatoes and one jar of spaghetti sauce in my pot of chili. I add water to the jar/can and swish it around to get the last bits of tomato into the chili! Add more beans or different beans if you wish here! I also add one can of canned corn. Notice the face of a murderer in the background since I love to watch Dateline with Keith Morrison as I cook!!
MMMMmmm mushrooms. If you don’t like, add peppers. I like mushrooms!
Canned diced tomatoes work the best in chili for some reason.
First time using a flavor packet; I’m glad I did! Taste was awesome.
After half an hour of cooking. Still not ready but I couldn’t resist a taste at this point.

I topped mine with Greek yogurt but try sour cream or cheese if you wish!

 

 


The chili will thicken as it stands so it would also be delicious over rice or pasta.


Let me know how you like it!

xxSerena

Fat-burning cabbage vegetable kombu soup 

After a week of eating out, shovelling in the delicious savoury cooked delights that my city has to offer…

 

I decided I need a break.
When I’m serious about it, losing a few pounds and getting back to normal, I make either a mung bean lentil soup or a cabbage-based soup.

I decided to make a cabbage soup with a crown of broccoli, a chopped red onion, two strips of kombu, celery, carrots and some vegetable bouillon. 


I bought the seaweed in dried squares, added it into the soup like an herb bouquet, and then threw it out after it had been in the soup for a few hours.

Are used to to make my batch but I realize now that you only need one because it swells up and expands. The reason for the seaweed is that it adds great benefits to the broth.

The recipe is easy. I started with only a teaspoon of olive oil, chopped small red onion, 10 black peppercorns, about 10 fennel seeds and they cooked that for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then I added the chopped celery and carrot.


Then came the cabbage, broccoli and the water, of which I added enough to fill the pot, probably 8 to 10 cups.


Then I added the combo seaweed and one vegetable flavouring pack, in the form of a gel. 


I simmered the soup for 20 to 25 minutes and then added fresh herbs. I used thyme, sage, Italian parsley and some rosemary.


Drink as much soup as you can, exercise, sleep well, drink lots of water, go for massage and feel better!

xxSerena 

Happy Valentines Day WordPress!

   
    
   

xxSerena

I have been blogging every day for one year!

What started as something I thought I might do for a week turned into a daily consistent habit.

  
Last year I decided that I would spend a few minutes every day just writing. More specifically, blogging about my interests.

  
I had to think about what those were. And I thought that food, eating, nutrition, health, fitness, vitality and health were my interests. 

  
I thought if I wrote about that I would never have enough material. That I could talk about it for a long time. And the wonderful thing is that I did. It’s been a year and I’ve written a blog, albeit short, but every day. It was my habit. And it still is my habit.

  
I’ve grown from one follower to over eight hundred.

But the main lesson here is consistency.

   
    
    
   
Have you ever set a goal to consistently do something? What was it? How did it go? 

My goal started off as something I thought I might do for a few days or a few weeks. I’m kind of shocked that I kept it up for a whole year and didn’t miss a day! Thanks to all of my lovely beautiful readers.

xxSerena

Flat belly work out

It’s combination of strength training, flexibility and cardio that will flatten your belly.
That’s why I like this workout. It combines strength and cardio with flexibility movements.

  
Have you done any of these exercises? Which ones are your favorite or least favorite?

xxSerena 

And illustrated guide on how to get healthier skin

Healthy glowing skin is a thing of beauty. And it’s not what you pile on top of your skin, hiding it, that makes it glow. Beauty does radiate from the insides.

Here are some tips:

  
What are your favorite tips for healthy skin?

xxSerena 

The benefits of eating a green salad every day

Salad greens provide fiber, vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain optimal health. 

Think of these simple green leaves as vitamins grown directly from the earth, up through the soil, made for humans and animals to eat.

You can dress it up or go the more plain route… But it is so good for your body if you eat a salad every day.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
 
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
  
Photography by Serena Alibhai
 
For those of you who prefer more quantitative benefits here is a chart:

  
Do you eat a salad every day? What are your favourite kinds of salads?

xxSerena 

Using ViPR as a Fascia Training Tool

I love the ViPR, for training others and myself. I’ve been taking ViPR for almost three years and have been teaching for almost two years.

I like this video, where Haley Holland explains how to use the ViPR as a fascia training tool:

 

Have you used this portable equipment for your training?

 

xxSerena

ViPR exercises for your abdominal muscles

The ViPR portable equipment uses principles of loaded movement, nose to toes training and functional mobility moves to make you stronger and burn more calories than other types of training.

Sometimes, at the end of my class, before the cool down I’ll do ViPR for abs moves.

Here are examples of some:

ViPR for abs

They may look easy but they’re challenging and definitely make your abdominal muscles stronger. Benefits of this include supporting your back muscles and reducing belly fat.

Do you do exercises for your abdominal muscles?

xxSerena

Warm-up exercises for functional mobility

Warming up your muscles and creating mobility slowly in your muscles prepares your body for a strenuous workout. 

Warming up prepares the body for exercise and helps to prevent injury.

But what are some good exercises to do? There are so many options. Choose what is right for you and your body today. Remember to listen to your body. What was good for you yesterday may not necessarily be correct for you today.

Here are some ideas:

   
   
Do you warm up before you workout?

xxSerena 

Health, eating for abs, fitness, natural beauty secrets

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