The last weekend in October Bobby and I went down to NJ to visit my family. My dad sent us back with a late birthday present of CSA meat. Of course I forgot to snap a picture of the delicious chili that I made with it, but here is the simple recipe – based on this primal chili from The Grok Pot (my dad’s suggestion).
Paleo/Primal Crock Pot Chili
- 1 pound grass fed organic ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup leftover pasta sauce
- 1 14 oz. can chopped tomatoes (I try to make sure I get mine from Eden foods or other organic companies that don’t have BPA in the cans)
- ~1 cup leftover veggies (from Chinese food the night before) (optional)
- 1-2 tiny Thai peppers (optional; you can just add more chili flakes if you don’t have hot peppers)
- 3 cloves of garlic, mashed and chopped (I use the pre-chopped garlic you get in a jar – sort of cheating but easy!)
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- chili flakes
- salt and pepper, to taste (1/2 teaspoon salt to start)
- Throw everything in the crockpot and mix a little; heat all day on low OR at high for 4-5 hours.
- If you want, you can start to cook the beef and onions to brown them before you put everything into the crockpot. This brings out the flavor a bit more.
We had ours on top of white rice (rice cooker) and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. We also had a salad on the side.
This was a perfectly satisfying meal – and so far we have managed to make it into 3 meals. Once it was the main, the 2nd time was with leftover homemade pizza, and I just had some with a fried egg for breakfast.
Speaking of that pizza…
I cooked up some pork belly (more CSA meat) and then sauteed turnip greens and scallions in the leftover fat. Slapped some pasta sauce on a premade crust, then topped it with fresh mozzarella, the greens, raw peppers, and the pork – then baked it til done.
Delicious! The side salad is baby mustard greens, raw turnips, and radishes, simply dressed with olive oil and black mission fig balsamic vinegar + salt & pepper.
And as for pregnancy updates – I’m feeling great. I’ll get into details more soon! Just wanted to share these 2 delicious meals this morning.
What have you been eating lately? How is fall treating you?
Loved the extra hour we got this weekend. If only we always needed one less hour of sleep or had an extra hour in the day
Those of you who have been following my blog since the beginning may have noticed the shift from eating at home often (probably 5 nights a week) to eating out… a lot. The shift happened slowly over time as I transitioned from my first job in CA, to freelancing in CA (part time), to working full time again when we moved to NYC, to working more and more! I’m not complaining about work. My career and work are going better than I could have ever dreamed. I love my job and I love my coworkers. I am challenged every day with real problems that I can solve (I’m a programmer – a software engineer / web developer).
BUT – with working so much, I just don’t make the time to cook at home. (Though I am sure I could find more time if I really wanted to.)
So I try to find healthy options for eating out.
Keeping with the theme of Macrobiotic March, here are some of my favorite macro meals I have eaten (out) lately. And one macro meal that I made.
(I use Instagram and an iPhone 4 – not 4s - for most of my eating out pics… hence the mediocre images.)
A few weeks ago I got lunch with an internet friend (we go back years now) at a vegetarian restaurant in midtown called Zen Palate. The lunch and the company were great. This is what I ordered:
The dish is called Shredded Melody. It’s shredded soy protein stir-fried with celery, carrots, zucchini and pine nuts in a light garlic sauce. It came with a brown and red rice mix and 2 spring rolls. I ate most at the restuarant and had the leftovers at my desk a few hours later.
Another night, after dinner at Souen, Bobby and I shared the Cocoa Creamy Parfait: cocoa mousse with vanilla soy cream and granola.
Really delicious. I do prefer their scones though…
Another night I got takeout from Souen because I was in a rush. I had this meal after a vigorous yoga class at Pure:
Takeout Macro Plate: an ideal blance of steamed greens (collards usually), vegetables (carrots, broccoli), brown rice, beans (chickpeas here – my favorite), and hijiki seaweed.
I also got this dessert the same night…
A Macrobiotic Scone – the cranberry orange version. As you can see, I was trying to practice portion control by only putting half on my plate. This failed and I ate the second half too. Very much worth it.
Sometimes I do cook at home. One night I made this healthy fried rice variation:
Homemade macrobiotic fried rice with Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Veggie Mix, Brussels sprouts, sesame seeds, and some teriyaki sauce. Steamed kabocha on the side, and yes I had seconds. I think this was another post-yoga meal.
Another night Bobby and I went to Hu Kitchen, a new paleo restaurant near his office. Hu Kitchen is on 5th Ave between 13th and 14th streets (right near Souen). Hu says, ‘For us, getting back to eating like humans means eating foods we would find in nature or foods minimally processed using only basic, mechanical methods.‘
I got The Herbivore: 3 veggie sides of the day. I picked creamed cauliflower with coconut milk, roasted butternut squash, and sauteed greens. That little brown thing you see is grain-free bread. All of it – absolutely amazing. I could have licked the plate. It’s a little pricey – this dish was $10 and it was not that big. We ended up getting a paleo dessert, too (chocolate chia pudding) but the picture didn’t come out well. It looked like ass so you will just have to trust me that it tasted delicious.
SO – that’s what I have been eating lately. I actually have some more macro meals but I will save them for another time. I have to get to work!
Couple other things I wanted to mention:
- I have accidentally been pescetarian this month except for 1 meal (a pasta dish this weekend).
- I have had diet soda only 2 times this month. (!) One day that I had it, later on I found myself at the cafe downstairs buying a cookie – the only time I was craving sugar in a few weeks. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I think diet soda makes you crave real sugar.
- Bobby and I are planning on doing vegetarian April! (Vegetarian = pescetarian for us.)
- Elise @ Hungry Hungry Hippie had a macrobiotic-inspired meal the other day. MMM kale.
- Heather made those yummy cookies I linked to last week.
Have you had any delicious macrobiotic meals lately? Are you a diet soda person? Do you eat meat and/or fish, or are you vegetarian or vegan?
My Dad and I sometimes send each other recipes and pictures of particularly good meals. He happens to follow a mostly paleo/primal diet, consisting of lots of veggies, some meat (free-range and organic if possible), and minimal grains. He does do the running thing which is not really primal, but he likes it; what can I say. I have sort of been a runner in the past and while I can get into it, it’s too hard on my knees! (And his too, but he loves it too much, ha.)
Anyway — about a month ago he sent me this picture:
He says: London broil (grass fed), green bean salad with cherry tomatoes, and cooked greens. The meat was a little tough but good.
I think the beans, tomatoes, and greens came from his garden in the backyard.
I see wine up there in the corner too! Good thing wine is primal – every “diet” needs some treats, don’t you think? My eat-everything-but-in-moderation diet includes treats – they usually look like ice cream (sometimes Tasti Delite and sometimes the real thing – I like both).
This is the green bean salad recipe. I’m not sure if he modified it – looks like there is some feta added in there. About a week before I got this picture I had been visiting in NJ and he made the salad but I ate it all before he got to try (oops) so I’m glad this time he actually got to eat the food he made. (I do that all the time when I am down there.)
This week has been a little bit crazy for me. Work has been interesting, to say the least. I got to yoga only twice (Tuesday and Wednesday), so I am hoping to go tomorrow and Sunday (Sunday there is a restorative class I like to take). Had a contractor in today to look at the bathroom and kitchen – hopefully renovations will be coming soon. I have an upcoming trip that I will talk about once everything is finalized (for work).
Poor Bobby has been sick the last day or two so we haven’t done much. We bought NyQuil this evening – he ended up taking some, but afterwards I started looking at the ingredients and that sh*t is scary. The ingredient list sounds more like a chemical-y shampoo rather than something you are supposed to consume. It also has 2 of my least favorite “food” ingredients – BOTH high fructose corn syrup AND sucralose. Why? WHY?! Why would you have 2 terrible sweeteners. Can’t ya use honey or something? I will stick with my Airborne and Emergen-C.
And now — I am about to brush my teeth and hit the sack.
What is your favorite way to eat beans? Have you ever taken NyQuil?
My favorite way to eat beans might just be this salad above (with feta), and no, I don’t think I have ever taken NyQuil. I haven’t really ever taken any OTC drug except for Advil/Tylenol. I’ve only been on antibiotics maybe… twice? I think the last time I took them I was about 13 years old and a cat had scratched me in the eye. Maybe I was younger. My mom was never a fan of using prescription or OTC drugs unless they were really necessary (thanks, Mom!). Speaking of Mom… Mom, give me a picture of one of your dinners
P.S. I was featured in Blisstree’s feature article today, Fall And Winter Pantry Staples. My staple? Wild rice. Check out the article for more fun tips.