Day 4 - 30-Day Paleo Challenge Plus Beanless Chili Recipe

Friday, March 01, 2013

Feels like I've been up FOREVER! It's 8 PM on day 4 but feels like 10. As I wrote in my last entry, I woke up hungry at 2AM. Cheated by making a tortilla pizza, though the flour tortillas I bought are GF. But still, there's flour, preservatives in the spaghetti sauce, and the cheese. So, I cheated and have started over.

The day didn't bring any great highs or lows. Felt the familiar mid-afternoon slump. Got past it. Didn't have tons of energy but didn't slack off either once home. Made beanless chili in the slow cooker and OMG! is that good!! I've never much cared for chili for a couple of reasons - I don't like that heavy aftertaste beans leave in my mouth, and I really hate the food coma that invariably follows eating a bowl of chili. The beanless variety, however, has a wonderfully fresh taste and is filling without putting me to sleep. The recipe's below if you want to try.

Now it's laundry time and am looking forward to a good night's sleep.

Breakfast: tortilla pizza
Snack: pre-cooked microwave bacon
Lunch: onion soup
Snack: kale chips and smoked almonds
Dinner: beanless chili

Beanless Chili Recipe
1 lb. ground sirloin
1 lb. old-fashioned sausage
1.5 lb. chuck roast, slow-cooked and shredded
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
2 long hot chili peppers, chopped
1 poblano chili, diced
1 cubanelle pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
8 oz box mushrooms, quartered
4 cans diced tomatoes
4 sprigs cilantro

Empty cans of tomatoes into slow cooker. Add mushrooms, onion, cubanelle, poblano, and shredded beef.

In a mini processor, chop the jalapeno and long hot chili peppers until minced. Add to slow cooker.

Brown sirloin and sausage. Add to slow cooker along with the cilantro. Stir everything together well. Cover and let cook over high for an hour or so.
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