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Beef & Vegetable Chili

28 Jan


I have many different versions of my chili recipe depending on which veggies I have in the fridge. My seasoning is always the same and the must have ingredients in my book are tomato, cauliflower, onion, and bell peppers. I’ve been known to put everything in from carrots to zucchini. Here is one I made on a particular day that was tasty! I make it with red wine only sometimes and sometimes I add a splash of beer instead if we have it.


1.5 lbs ground beef
3 cans or 6 cups diced tomato
1 diced small onion
1 green bell pepper finely diced about 1/4 inch
3 celery stalks
2 diced carrots
1 diced zucchini
1/2 head cauliflower (just the top flowery portion)
3 Tbsp Chili powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp & 1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cumin
tsp coriander
tsp paprika
tsp parsley
tsp oregano
tsp basil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup red wine (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil (optional)
2 Tbsp olive oil for sautéing

Sauté your ground beef in a pan first to make it into nice big chunks. This was a topic of discussion at the last chili tasting we had. If you just put it in the crockpot uncooked it sort of disintegrates. Then, put ground beef, tomatoes, and seasoning into a slow cooker or on low in a large pot. Let cook one hour. In a skillet add onion, green peppers, and zucchini and brown. Optionally deglaze the pan with red wine. Add to the beef and tomato along with the rest of the vegetables and cook on high in the crockpot or low on the stovetop for 2 hours. If you’re making this for toddlers I would shape the beef into meatballs first and bake on 350 for 20 minutes or brown in a skillet before you put the meat in the sauce. It’s easier to pick up with your fingers that way.

A note on the olive oil: If you do use a lower fat beef you should add the optional olive oil to add satiety to the meal. Low fat meat and vegetables leaves me hungry.

A note on the seasoning: My recommendation is to buy an extra seasoning shaker or reuse and empty one and add all of the spices to it so you have it ready for the next time you make chili!


Above is the very basic recipe for chili made as my Mom would say jokingly “mo better” by sliced avocado and fresh salsa. It’s from day 3 of my no sugar challenge. And here, once again, is just the recipe for chili seasoning.


Well my detox is over…

15 Nov

More than a week of headaches, not being able to workout, being exhausted, I gave up. I was asleep by 7:30 every night. What did I learn? I can say no to treats when I’m out. Planning is everything. detox during the holidays isn’t very fun.

I did lose 1.5 lbs, but more importantly my stomach flattened out. What I realized is that some things I might be eating cause bloating on a regular basis. Time to trouble shoot my diet.

Sugar Detox: Day 11

12 Nov

Breakfast: coconut pancake, 1/4 c applesauce, 1/3 sliced banana, 2 eggs, chicken sausage

Lunch: this tasty salad


Dinner: pork, mixed vegetables


Sugar Detox: day 10

11 Nov

Today was paleo thanksgiving with our CrossFit team and members. I look forward to it every year! Unfortunately I had to babysit most of the day for a friend in town for a wedding so I missed everything but the appetizers.

Breakfast: Coconut pancakes, chicken sausage, 1/3 banana, 2 eggs

Lunch : pork shoulder, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, string cheese, 1/2 apple with almond butter

Dinner: shrimp cocktail, coconut flour muffin, and a fail of bacon wrapped dates…. Why are they so irresistible?

Sugar Detox: day 9

9 Nov

So I’ve had a headache the entire challenge. The advice was drink lots of water and remember that it will pass. I have only made it through one workout since I started. I’m what you call a serious sugar burner 🙂 After some discussion with my fellow crossfitters I think it’s time to add a few things back so I can get this show back on the road. I can’t keep going to bed at 7:30, ha ha.

Also when the leader of the pack said if the temporary discomfort is too much go back to what you were doing, which i think was supposed to be some sort of reverse psychology. All it made me realize is that I had planned to go back to my previous diet afterward and I’m not looking to change my life. I’m just competitive and liked the word “challenge.”

We were out and about today so nothing too interesting

Breakfast: coconut pancakes with applesauce, eggs, chicken sausage

Snack: boiled eggs and nut butter, sweet potato chips

Lunch: pork shoulder, salsa, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots

Dinner/snack: avocado, pork, root veggie chips, tangerine, 1/2 cheese stick

Sugar Detox: day 8

8 Nov

Hot strawberries over coconut pancakes, chicken sausage, eggs.

lunch and dinner was chicken and frozen vegetables


Sugar Detox: day 7

7 Nov

almond butter and warm berries over pancakes with boiled egg and avocado

After this breakfast I took a short nap 🙂

post WoD chicken and acorn squash

This was my first post WoD squash that I actually deserved. It was the first time since the challenge started that I had the energy to actually work out.

chicken, olives, garlic, and artichoke over greens

I was still hungry after lunch so I had this tasty salad!

zucchini with chicken and chicken sausage with no sugar added pizza sauce

Something quick with things we already had prepared. I made the toddler man a pizza with the same ingredients on a leftover pancake and with some cut up string cheese.