War on Average

encouraging each other not to be satisfied with mediocre


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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

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Oh and bacon. But if you are vegetarian or vegan is it very delicious without the bacon also!

What you’ll need:
1 yellow pepper (or orange)
1 onion (yellow or whatever you have)
6-7 pieces of cooked bacon (nitrate free) (optional)
3-5 medium Sweet Potatoes
4 cloves minced garlic
2 TB chili powder
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to your liking)
2-3 cups broth
1 can diced tomatoes
2-3 cups cooked black beans (or 2 14 oz cans)
Olive oil
Avocado (not pictured but awesome)
Sour Cream

What to do:
If using, cook bacon (I use the oven*)
Put olive oil in a large pot
Sauté onion and pepper and sweet potatoes till onion is soft
Add spices and garlic
Add broth, beans,  and tomatoes
Chop bacon into bits and put 1/2 into the pot
Simmer for 20-30 minutes based on how soft you like the sweet potatoes

Garnish with bacon bits, avocado and sour cream.

 

 

*To cook bacon in the oven, line a cookie sheet with foil (if the cookie sheet does not have sides, create sides with foil). Place bacon on foil in oven and turn on to 400. Check after 15 min and then leave in until desired crispness.

 


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A Company I Can Trust

Post 10.2Over the years, many people have asked me WHY Shaklee? What makes Shaklee different from other companies?

When I was looking for non-toxic cleaner, bio-available vitamins and skin care that was safe, I found Shaklee. And what stood out to me wasn’t the products as much at first, but the company. This company had HISTORY. And this company had INTEGRITY.

What has always stood out to me is the Shaklee Difference. Shaklee is committed to purity, potency, and proof.

And it’s not surprising…Post 7.3

Shaklee is a leading global natural nutrition company. They are the ONLY company in the world with PROOF of the long-term health benefits of its products.

They are committed to creating the highest quality of natural products to keep you and your family healthy. Shaklee guarantees that every product is 100% safe and the proof is in their clinical research. Shaklee has published 125 scientific papers and presentations, 90 of which are in peer-reviewed publications medical journals.  The Chairman & CEO of Shaklee is Roger Barnett.

So the integrity is not only in the science, but in the business. From the top, through the field, there is a level of commitment to doing the right thing for people. Read Forbes’ interview with Roger Barnett to learn more about his values and commitment to doing the right thing.

And if that isn’t enough, the bigger picture of Shaklee is seen in what they have done for the world–far outside the marketplace.

This is just a brief look at why I trust Shaklee for my family, my friends, and the people that I am a health and business advocate for.


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Crock Pot Vegetable Soup in Beef Broth

Want a yummy, hearty soup for this cold weather? Try this one!

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Ingredients:
1 stalk celery chopped (save the ends!)IMG_1210
5-8 carrots chopped
2 zucchinis chopped*
1 yellow squash chopped
Fresh spinach
14-16 oz garbanzo beans (cooked or canned)
5-6 cups homemade beef broth (see below)–or other broth
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 gloves garlic, minced

*The smaller zucchinis and yellow squash (looks like a yellow zucchini) have the most nutrients so stick with those

Simple Directions:
Put broth, carrots, celery and spices in the crock pot
Cook for 6 hours on low
Add zucchini, squash, spinach and garbanzo beans
Cook for 2 additional hours (or more for additional softness)
Even the littlest mouths enjoy!

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Homemade Beef Broth/Homemade Italian Beef
To make homemade Italian Beef: Put a large, fatty, bone-in roast in the crock pot. Add generously: sea salt, garlic powder, oregano, and basil. Cook on low for 10 hours. Add 5-6 pepperchinis and cook for an additional 2-4 hours. If you forgot to put it in early in the morning, put on high to 2-3 hours to get it started.

After making Italian Beef with a fatty, bone-in roast, save the roast and extra fat (can be frozen for later). Place in crock pot and fill with water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add additional sea salt and garlic powder if needed.

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