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Winter warm-up with Chili

Winter warm-up with Chili

The month of February is Sweet Potato Month

The sweet potato is in a class of its own. The sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato. It is commonly called a yam in parts of North America, although they are only very distantly related to the other plant widely known as yams which are native to Africa and Asia. This nutritious, delicious vegetable is most frequently boiled, fried, or baked. They can also be processed to make starch and a partial flour substitute. Industrial uses include the production of starch and industrial alcohol.

Top health benefits of sweet potatoes

First of all sweet potatoes are loaded with Antioxidants: Beta-carotene gives the sweet potato its deep orange color. One medium potato also provides us with over 200% of our Daily Value of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a key role in the health of our eyes, skin, skeletal and soft tissue, and even our teeth!
Anthocyanin lends the purple sweet potato its unusual violet hue. Purple sweet potatoes contain antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties similar to red wine.
Furthermore Blood Sugar Regulation 
The high fiber content of sweet potatoes slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream, helping to keep blood sugar steady.
SOURCE: https://www.hy-vee.com/health/healthy-bites/national-sweet-potato-month.aspx

Sweet potato chili

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 small red onion, diced
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 8-ounce block of tempeh
14.5-ounce can organic diced tomatoes
28-ounce can organic tomatoes sauce
2 15-ounce can chili beans
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons adobo
2 tablespoons ground turmeric
Crushed red peppers to taste
1-2 cups water

Directions:
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
Sautee onion and garlic for about 4 minutes, stirring, until the vegetables have softened.
Add tempeh, sauté 5-7 minutes, until browned
Stir in canned tomatoes (with their juices)
Add chili beans, chili powder, adobo, and turmeric; stir gently to mix well.
Add water (depending on desired thickness)
Simmer at medium for 35 minutes.

Yours in health!

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