Last week, for the first time ever, I saw some nutrition advice on television that is consistent with our little subculture. It was on Bravo – home of the super fantastic Housewives franchise and my favorite show, Top Chef. Top Chef All Star, Richard, provided the tip. He said if you want to eat healthy, go to bed an hour earlier the night before. You will feel better the next day and also be in a frame of mind to make better choices. Yay, Bravo! (That sounds redundant.) That’s some good advice!!!
On to the Pood report…
I didn't really want to cook my buns off last Sunday so I didn’t cook as much as the week before. Nevertheless it was plenty o'cooking for me.
Sunday’s cooking round up:
Beef Vegetable Soup
2# grilled chicken breasts
We had the meatballs and cabbage for dinner on Sunday night. I’d been wanting to make these pork meatballs for a long time. They did not disappoint. Go and make them immediately. I mean it!
I wish I could remember… Wait! I totally can remember. I heated up both pots of soup and the grilled chicken. I also roasted 2 heads of broccoli. The kids ate beef vegetable soup. Cliff had side by side bowls of soup. I had butternut squash soup and I threw in some chicken.
I went out to dinner with some friends. Cliff ate leftovers of some sort. I did not concern myself with that information. The kids tricked him into buying them Jimmy Johns.
In the morning before work, I put a spice rubbed whole chicken in the crockpot. Jack had a soccer game, and we didn’t get home until 8. Quick like a bunny, I made a simple green salad, and by 8:16, we were eating dinner. You can see that I also had a bowl of butternut squash soup to pump up my veggie quotient.
I had planned to get a pot roast in the oven as soon as I got home from work, but my plan was foiled because our power was out. Fortunately, power was restored around 6 pm, and then I had to come up with a new dinner scheme. I decided to whip up some paleo chili. Clara had been asking for chili so it seemed like a good idea. Also, I had some ground beef already defrosted in the fridge, but only 1.5 pounds. So... I threw a pound of hot Italian sausage in the microwave to defrost and got to work. I’d like to say I created this recipe, but that’s not true. I adapted a recipe from Paleo in PDX which was an adaptation of the Everyday Paleo chili recipe.
I'm sharing it with you because it came out great! I actually liked it better than the EP version. Also, I think it was far superior to that pork and pumpkin chili recipe of yore – an overly labor intensive endeavor, if you ask me, and if you don’t, I’m telling you anyway.
What's in the Pantry Paleo Chili
1.5# grassfed ground beef
1# hot Italian sausage
1 bunch kale, sliced into bite-sized pieces
2 small zucchini, diced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1, 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1t sea salt
1-2 T dried oregano ( I only had 1. Need to go shopping)
2 T dried basil
3T chili powder
2C organic chicken broth
Use your discretion with the last two ingredients. This chili was hot! Next time, I won’t add
the cayenne or I’ll use unseasoned ground pork.
½ - 1, 7.75 oz. can El Pato tomato sauce
1/8 t cayenne pepper
Heat 2T olive oil, coconut oil or ghee in a dutch oven. Add the onions, kale, zucchini, and pepper. Saute until vegetables begin to soften, 5-10 minutes. Add the meat.
Break the meat up with a wooden spoon as you cook it. Add the spices and minced garlic and mix well. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce (if applicable).
Simmer for 30 minutes. There are so many veggies in the chili that it’s truly a one-dish meal. Enjoy!
Friday and Saturday
In case you’re wondering about our Friday and Saturday night dinners, I’ll tell you. On Friday, we had chicken wings from Adelphia and sliced veggies. Then I somehow talked Cliff into visiting Ike at Ellen’s while I lounged at home in my sweat pants. Cliff came home with a quart of homemade, decidedly un-Paleo, pumpkin ice cream. I’m blaming it all on Ike or Cliff!
On Saturday, our kids were at church sleeping in cardboard boxes learning about homelessness. Paradoxically, Cliff and I went out to dinner and gorged ourselves on
Wagyu beef, wine and a very decadent chocolate dessert.
There you have it!