Food and Weight: An Ongoing Journey

Rainy Days and Mondays

Posted on: October 15, 2012

It’s a rainy day, and a Monday, Oddly, the weather seems to have decreased my appetite.  I have combined breakfast and lunch, and used up the leftovers from the Chinese takeaway we had last night.

I think that, with the weather getting colder, this would be a good time to post my 16-bean and beef chili recipe.  It’s about as easy to make as can be, and is a wonderful welcome home on a nasty day.


16-Bean and Beef Chili

(Makes 26 1/2-cup portions)


  • 1 bag Goya 16 bean Soup Mix
  • 1 can Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1 can or jar of tomato sauce (26 – 32 oz)
  • 1 giant can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 lbs. of ground beef
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder (or 1/2 onion chopped fine)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  1. Prepare the beans for use per the package instructions.
  2. In a frying pan or skillet, brown the ground beef in a little bit of not fat cooking spray, chopping it into small pieces as you go.
  3. In a large pot on the stove, combine all ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium.
  5. Simmer for two to three hours, stirring occasionally.

POINTS PLUS Value:  5 per 1/2 cup serving


  1. I typically use onion powder in the chili, but serve it with chopped onions, a bit of shredded cheese, and some fat-free sour cream, which would increase the Points Plus value, depending on what you use..
  2. I also added the cinnamon and nutmeg for the first time with this variation, after talking with several chili cooks, and doing some web research.
  3. I divide the finished chili into half-cup portions and use inexpensive small containers from the dollar store to store them, so that I can freeze half of what I make, and fridge the other half.


If you do try the recipe, I would love your feedback.

So, here are today’s questions:  What is your favorite comfort food on rainy day?  On a day when you’ve been stressed beyond belief?  What category do your comfort foods fall into (savory, starchy, sweet, warm, etc.)?


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