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Bean chili with ratatouille

My legs are buzzing from yesterday’s 6mil bike ride and a heated yoga class this morning. But oh my how I love this feeling. And on top of that my wonderful friend Wendy also known as Chef Centehua came by and made her famous uncooked and raw food which I so enjoyed for lunch. Dinner was beans in the form of a chili and I used my last jar of ratatouille made from vegetables from our garden.  Off course this vegetables stew can be made all year around with store bought zucchini and tomatoes.

This time of year is when I’m planting new things for the season as well as harvesting a few winter vegetables. I wonder if I will have as much zucchini and tomatoes to harvest this year as I did last year. I hope so. That way I can make more ratatouille to have for the winter months.

2 cups ratatouille
1 cup beans ( I used black and kidney)
2 tbs tomato paste
2/3 cup corn
1/2 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs unsweetened chocolate
2 tbs cilantro, minced
1 tsp chili pepper
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp coriander
Salt & pepper to taste

Combine everything in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with side of corn bread or other bread.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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