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Eat Your Way to Health with Healthy Mexican Recipes

The Northern Mexican diet is considered by many to be one of the three healthiest diets in the world. Beans, generally pintos, which by the way are the healthiest of all beans, are paired in many dishes with corn, especially corn tortillas. This amazingly simple diet is quite sustainable and with the addition of chiles in salsa or fresh or pickled chiles such as jalapenos—the diet is quite tasty.

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The Mysterious History and Variety of Chiles

"A day without chile is a day without sunshine" Sarah Moulton, Executive Chef, Gourmet Magazine

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Flavor It Up with Salsas

Salsas have become so popular, they have outsold all other table condiments such as catsup since the 1980's. They are wonderfully flavorful, healthier than any alternative, amazingly versatile,always having a spicy bite and often having signature flourishes of the cook or chef who created them.

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Mexico's Most Popular Chile Relleno

Mexico's favorite chile relleno, Chiles en Nogado, has its roots in Cinco de Mayo, but can be enjoyed any time of year. It is a festival or special type of dish that is beautiful to behold.

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The Chile Question

Have you eaten chile today? That question could save your life. As dramatic as it sounds, chiles when consumed regularly work in wondrous ways to defend your body against the ravages of stress.

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Chili Cooking Basic Fitness Plan

Nearly everything about chili is controversial including the spelling. The spelling, chili, is probably taken from the Midwestern or Eastern spelling, which came from the British chilley.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Posole

The holidays aren't perfect in New Mexico without eating posolethe bowl of blessedness, a popular Southwestern stew originally made by the ancients in New Mexico and Mexico. The sacred blessings came from corn being the staple. So much so that the Corn Goddess, was the giver of life.

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Eat Chiles and Get Healthier

Did you know that research reflects eating chiles at least 24 out of every 30 days really assists overall health and well-being. This research was conducted by Jin Y. Kang, MD of the National University of Singapore and reported in my book, "Real Women Eat Chiles".

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What is Green Chile

I remember as a child driving into New Mexico when I was old enough to read and noting the A & W signs for Green Chile Cheeseburgers and asking my parents, "What is Green Chile?"

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Little Known Facts About Chiles

You can never know too much about chiles! They are an amazing fruit that promises to make you healthier when you eat them regularly. All chiles have the unique ability to produce the healthful, cancer curing capsaicin. By just knowing that eating chiles 24 out of 30 days according to a Singapore study reported by Jin Y. Kang, MD of the National University of Singapore, you will be healthier and freer of disease. He was reporting on a study on ulcer cures from eating chiles.

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Tortilla Tactics

Ever give much thought to the popularity of corn tortillas? Did you know that they have become so popular in the US, that they now outsell bread. The simple corn tortilla has long been the staff of life for the native population in Mexico and points south.

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Jane Butel Says Eat More Chiles to Lose Weight

"Diet crazes come and go,because people get tired of boring food patterns or too many rules," says Jane Butel, author of 18 cookbooks, cooking school teacher and first to write about Southwestern and Mexican regional cooking. The best solution to weight maintenance is to develop healthy eating and lifestyle patterns.

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Start Cooking with Chiles

Ever thought of including cooking with chiles in your daily routine? Or, ever thought of how much chiles help your heart health? Or, ever realized that chiles are now credited with curing cancer? They have long been recognized for their healthy benefits, even by the ancients.

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Mexican Food Started Here

Most do not know the important role New Mexico has played in culinary history. Researchers and archeologists agree that New Mexico was one of the earliest settlements of the Mongolians and Tibetans when they came over the Bering strait to settle the Americas. The area has attracted visitors from before recorded history, who in turn created the pure, often spicy flavors known in New Mexico's foods.

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Spice Up Your Health with Chiles

There is truly no one food that can help your health more than chiles—no matter whether red or green. When the weather gets colder, chiles can really help your system stay at peak health.

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What's For Dessert Christmas Day?

That seems to be a frequent question people keep asking me about Christmas dinner. When even my hair stylist and my husband asked me what I was going to serve for dessert for Christmas dinner, I realized that it is a popular question.

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Posole, the Bowl of Many Blessings

Posole is a popular Southwestern stew originally made by the ancients in New Mexico and Mexico. The sacred aspects or blessings came from the fact that corn was their staple grain and the Corn Goddess, was the giver of life. Prior to modern transportation and communication, posole was often the dish eaten for survival. The blue corn of New Mexico has 100% nutrition; possessing all the vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids for healthy living. (Other varieties of corn do not have lycine, an essential amino acid, that humans can digest.)

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Eating Red Chiles Make You Healthier

With fall's arrival, green chiles ripen to become red. The amazing phenomenon is that the nutrition also changes. In green chiles the flesh is very rich with Vitamin C, whereas when the slant of the sun signals Fall-the flesh becomes very rich with Vitamin A, the sight vitamin.

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Get the Chile Habit

Have you been missing out? Do you know what the most captivating and healthy fruit is? It can make you lose weight-get a high equal to a runner's high or even sex? It makes nearly every organ in your body healthier and prevents the wear and tear from stress. Further, they were discovered by the Ancients who knows how long ago.

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Eat Chiles and Get Healthier

Developing a chile habit is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself! What happens when one eats chiles is that the capsaicin within the chile fires one's endorphins at a direct proportion to the heat or Scoville units within the chiles. Endorphins are what produce a sense of well-being or runner's high--rather a euphoric feeling.

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The History Of Mexican Food

Most do not know the important role New Mexico has played in culinary history. Researchers and archeologists agree that New Mexico was one of the earliest settlements of the Mongolians and Tibetans when they came over the Bering strait to settle the Americas. The area has attracted visitors from before recorded history, who in turn created the pure, often spicy flavors known in New Mexicos foods.

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Posole, the Bowl of Many Blessings 

Posole is a popular Southwestern stew originally made by the ancients in New Mexico and Mexico. The sacred aspects or blessings came from the fact that corn was their staple grain and the Corn Goddess, was the giver of life. Prior to modern transportation and communication, posole was often the dish eaten for survival. The blue corn of New Mexico has 100% nutrition; possessing all the vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids for healthy living. (Other varieties of corn do not have lycine, an essential amino acid, that humans can digest.)

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Boost Your Health With Chiles: Make Chili 

There is truly no one food that can help your health more than chiles no matter whether red or green. When the weather gets colder, chiles can really help your system stay at peak health.

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