The Planted Kitchen

Two Bean Chipotle Chili

Mar
27

Hi all! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I have decided to make this blog completely a food blog. My true passion is plant based food and all the health benefits that come with it. My goal is to share plant based food with as many people as I can because it is such a great way to eat healthy foods. Popular to contrary belief, eating plant based foods is not just eating raw broccoli. It can be just as flavorful as any non-plant based meal (trust me, I like my meals SUPER flavorful). You can also still eat your favorite meals: burgers, tacos, nachos, and many others.

My journey to a plant based diet began in 2009 (or 2008?) when I found out the my grandmother had non-hodgkins lymphoma. I took to the internet to research how to avoid getting cancer (because I definitely don’t want any of that business) and found information on the plant based diet. It wasn’t a quit-cold-turkey kind of thing. At first I gave up eating all meats except for chicken and seafood. I still ate eggs, cheese, and other dairy products at that point too. I did up drinking soda and other sugary junk foods. Slowly but surely (over the span of a few years) I gave up chicken, seafood, and dairy product because, the more research I did, the less I wanted to eat those things because of the effect they have on your body.

Eventually, as I did yet more research, I came across the concept of clean eating. Basically, clean eating is not eating processed foods because they wreck havoc on your body. It was a long process because there are a lot of items I wanted to replace in my food with “cleaner” versions. For example, instead of buying canned beans that are chock full of sodium, I now exclusively cook my beans at home. When you eat processed food, your body doesn’t know what to do with all of those chemicals you just ingested and that’s good for no one.  Anyway, my point is that I didn’t want anything to with those chemicals anymore. So I make things myself. Does dinner take a while to make sometimes? Absolutely. But I feel that the effort I put into cooking from scratch for my husband and I is well worth it.  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t an easy switch and there was a lot of trial and error, but I got the hang of it eventually and now it’s an easy choice to make.

I came up with this chili recipe because I love chili, and I love chipotle chiles, so it just made sense to me.This chili recipe is actually very easy because it’s pretty much just dump-and-cook in a slow cooker. The only chopping you will have to do is the onion. Not bad, right? This chili is spicy, smokey, and oh so flavorful! Perfect for a cold winter night or, if you live in Texas like me, every night ever. And, if I may say so myself, it is amazingly delicious!

 

Two Bean Chipotle Chili

3/4 cup uncooked black beans (1 can)

3/4 cup uncooked pinto beans (1 can)

3.5 OZ can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

2 cups veggie broth (low sodium or homemade)

1 can diced tomatoes with juices

1 red onion-diced

2 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp cumin

Salt to taste

Dash of red pepper flakes (optional)

 

Optional fixins’

Avocado

Cilantro

Rice

Crackers

 

Method

  1. If you’re cooking your beans from scratch, soak beans in water overnight then cook them how you would normally cook a pot of beans (I cook my beans in my Instant Pot ). If you’re using canned beans you can skip this step.
  2. Open you can of chipotle chiles and dump them (adobo sauce and all) into a food processor or electric chopper and puree them.
  3. Put all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Garnish with avocado, cilantro or whatever else you like to put with chili.

 

 

 

Review: Blood Orange Cleansing Balm

Mar
07

I had been looking at, and researching, cleansing balms for a few weeks when this cleansing balm was released. I was intrigued by cleansing balms because the cleanser I was using, while I absolutely love it, just wasn’t cutting it when it came to taking my makeup off. I also didn’t want to use makeup removing wipes on a daily basis because they tend to dry out my skin. I had previously been using a liquid makeup remover that I liked a lot, but when I ran out, I knew I wanted to try something different. However, most of the cleansing balms that I had look at were a little more on the expensive side, ranging mostly around $90 (I know there are probably less expensive versions, but those were just the ones that I had looked at), so when I got the email saying the a new cleansing balm was launching at 100 Percent Pure for $38 I jumped at the chance and ordered immediately. I didn’t regret it for one second. For one, the ingredients make me ridiculously happy, and secondly, this stuff works far better than I could have ever imagined.

Most of the cleansing balms I had read about had to be warmed up between the fingers before applying it on your face and massaging it into the skin before wiping it off with a cloth. That’s exactly how this cleansing balm works, and when removed, my skin feels luxuriously soft because of the multiple oils that the balm is made with. The balm also literally just melts my makeup off. Even my eyeliner, which doesn’t come off for anything. One super amazing perk of this cleansing balm is that it doesn’t clog pores (at least for me it doesn’t, but everyone is different)!! I was convinced that it would since it is so oil heavy that it would, but to my surprise and delight, it doesn’t. That’s a win in my book!

Did I mention that it smells like orange juice? Like it smells just like a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice. Honestly, sometimes I just stand there and smell it before taking my makeup off because it’s that good. And then I get hungry. It also, as I mentioned before, makes your skin feel heavenly. I do still wash my face with my regular cleanser after using the cleansing balm, as to remove any dirt still lingering on my face.

Overall, I’m super happy with this purchase and I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a new makeup remover (I have heard of people using cleansing balms even when they don’t have makeup on, but I personally just use it as a makeup remover). Leave me a note below if you try it, and let me know what you think!

You can buy the 100 Percent Pure Blood Orange Cleansing Balm at https://www.100percentpure.com/collections/cleansers/products/blood-orange-cleansing-balm

 

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Homemade Matcha Latte (quick read)

Mar
02

At first I was very hesitant to try matcha because it kind of creeped me out. I really wanted to try it because of all of the goodness it contains, but I didn’t want to get it and not like it. Then one day while grocery shopping I did something very out of the norm for me: I went to the cafe and ordered a matcha latte. The verdict? I’m obsessed. Now I have one (sometimes two) each day, usually in the afternoon. I began making my own about a month ago because, as with other types of latte habits, they can be taxing on your wallet when buying one everyday. Not to mention, when making it at home, you can control exactly what goes in it.

What is matcha you ask? It is a whole leaf green tea that is grown partially in the shade which give it the amazing health benefits, which I discuss in detail below. It is then ground into a powder that can be used in all sorts of recipes from smoothies, to lattes, to cookies!

As I mentioned above, matcha has a lot of goodness. As in antioxidants and other good stuff. Here’s the lowdown:

1. Calm energy

2. Anti-Aging Compounds (matcha skincare is a thing!)

3. It relaxes you

4. Boosts Metabolism

5. Antioxidant Power

Recipe:

1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder (I get mine at Whole Foods, Central Market, or Trader Joes)

3 Tbsp honey or other sweetener of choice (you can add more of less sweetener depending on how sweet you want it)

1 1/2 cups unsweetend almond milk

1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Method:

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend for about 30 seconds then pour over ice or pour in a mug and microwave for a hot latte. If you have a vitamix and want a hot latte, you can blend for about 3 minutes to heat it up.

Drop me a line below and let me know what you think!