I took great inspiration from the Bison Chili recipe in the Primal Blueprint Cookbook for this recipe. It was the starting point and then I just kept adding more ‘stuff’ and the chili transformed into a stew. I love chili, but I wanted something with loads of veggies so that I wouldn’t have to whip up a side dish or salad to go with it. This has loads of greens, so there is no side dish required. I made a massive pot of this last week and ate it for lunch a few days, breakfast 1 day and dinner another. This week, I made 2 pots of it so that I could freeze some and also feed Fully Primal Husband. Here you go:
Ingredients (makes 4-6 servings)
- 1.5 lbs of grass-fed ground beef (or another ground meat)
- 2 parsnips – peeled, core removed, cut into bitesize chunks
- 1 bunch of Kale or Collard Greens (or both!) – stems removed, leaves roughly chopped into big pieces
- 2-3 zucchini – cut into bitesize chunks
- 2 Cups of chopped cremini mushrooms
- 1 onion – chopped
- 1 jalapeno – deseeded and chopped
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder (this adds an amazing flavour!)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 Cups of beef or chicken stock
- 1 Large (14.5 Ounce) can of chopped tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp butter
- fresh ground pepper
- Avocado or Guac for garnish
- In a large (use the biggest one you’ve got!) pot, heat butter and add onions. Saute for about 2 minutes.
- Add the beef and saute until it is cooked and brown all the way through.
- Add all other ingredients except the stock. Mix around thoroughly.
- Now start adding stock slowly until all the veggies and meat are covered. I used 2.5 Cups. Mix thoroughly.
- Bring it up to a simmer and keep it there for an hour. Stir every 15-20 minutes.
- Serve with a few slices of avocado or a dollop of guac
Now for a Day 8 update! The last time I blogged, I said I felt great and that things were going well. I must admit that day may have been a bit flukey. I haven’t been THAT energetic again and I actually felt bad on Saturday. Also, on Friday I wanted to kill everyone drinking coffee in the 6am crossfit class….I may have growled and snapped at Sio as she walked by. My inner caffeine-beast needed to be tamed and my ice cold water was NOT HELPING. Saturday was rough because I had a bit of a headache for the first time. I think Saturday was especially hard because that is usually when I really enjoy my coffee….waking up and having my big mug and eggs with baked bacon. mmmmm. I love my weekend rituals, so it was hard to resist the sweet aroma of FPH’s coffee. We also attended the engagement party for FPH’s sister on Saturday where I was surrounded by wine, amazing desserts (so many mini-cupcakes! brownies! cookies! GAH!) and a plethora of other foods that I am abstaining from for these 30 days. Normally I would still have a coffee and be OK. Not this time! It was HARD!!!!! But I did it and I believe that was the worst temptation test that I will have to endure for the next couple weeks. Other than that, things have been OK. I’m feeling pretty low energy…I just feel uber-relaxed. I suppose that is not a bad thing since I am accustomed to being quite wound-up. I believe there are a few other factors playing into this: It is now dark at 5pm. It is cold. My life is less stressed this month, so overall I am more relaxed. The good news is that my sleep has continued to be amazing! I have had the best sleeps ever lately!!
Breaking news: I am going to remove the black and green teas from my daily roster and stick to 100% decaf. I want to go through the remaining 3 weeks sans-caffeine. I think I was still clutching onto the black/green tea like a safety blanket and it is time I let go. I need to fight through this.
To help, I went on another Tea-Spree to David’s Tea today and picked up the following flavours: Banana Nut, Apple Spice and Caramel Pear. YUM!!!! They smell amazing, so I can’t wait to try them out. They are all caffeine-free. I am loving my new herbal tea obsession.
How are you doing?? Did you make it through the weekend OK?