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)
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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.)
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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.
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