Two Recipes and a Sale

Get it? Like Four Weddings and a Funeral? Ok, I'm a nerd. Let's get to it, shall we? First of all, a big huge welcome goes out to all my new readers! Thanks for stopping by and reading! Feel free to de-lurk and leave comments so that I may follow your blog as well (if you have one). I don't bite! Those of you coming over from Peas and Thank You, you'll find that while my blog isn't vegetarian or vegan, I usually give modifications to my recipes to make them such. Thanks again for stopping by! Next, I have another chili recipe for you... see, I have this "thing" with trying to make the perfect pot of chili, and I'm getting there, but I'm not quite there yet. This last recipe was well, meaty. VERY meaty. Like, almost 3 lbs. of meat meaty. But it was delicious (do I ever say that something wasn't delicious?) and could easily be halved and part of the meat could be cut out. My recipe is based off this recipe for Paleo Chili found here.
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Very Meaty Paleo Chili
Ingredients
1.5 lb. lean ground beef (90%)
1.5 lb. lean stew meat
1 medium onion, diced
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 can ro-tel (or other tomatoes with jalapeños)
1 can salsa verde (I used Herdez brand)
2 c. beef stock
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. ground cumin
4-5 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder.
Directions
Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the stew meat a bit at a time to brown the outside. Don't worry about cooking it through, as you'll add it back in. Remove the stew meat, then add the onion and cook until translucent. Then, add the beef stock, bring to a boil and reduce by half. Add the ground beef, return the stew meat to the pot, and add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer a few hours.
Adam added some beans to his chili, and I gotta say, I really did miss them in this dish. He said it was great though! My bowl had no beans.
Tonight, I opted for a more veggie-friendly meal with a bit of chicken stir fried with spinach, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sriracha, and a bit of teriyaki sauce. I also roasted some brussels sprouts and red pepper strips. Ok, so that wasn't really a recipe, but I'm going to call it one for now!
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Last but not least, something I think you'll ALL be interested in: cheap and gorgeous kitchen gadgets! For this week and this week only (until 3/9) I'm offering this beautiful oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper set from my OpenSky shop for 50% off!
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See, the two carafes are for oil and vinegar (the larger for vinegar, I'd say) and the carved wooden base doubles as a pinch bowl for cracked pepper and salt, perfect for dressing a salad in style. Just visit this special sale link or click on the picture of the oil and vinegar set above, and enter your email address, and you'll be emailed the coupon good for use in my OpenSky shop. Feel free to check out the other great stuff I have there as well, including the multi-tasking EnviTote.
Happy shopping!
Have a wonderful Wednesday, I'm off to watch Biggest Loser and eat some dark chocolate. Oh the irony...
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14 Responses to Two Recipes and a Sale

  1. Oooh your chili looks so good with the avocado on top!

  2. Tyler says:

    i agree with jessica, that avocado looks like the perfect ripeness! that chili sounds good, but i would have missed the beans, too! are you still enjoying the paleo diet? i’ve always thought that diet was intriguing, but then i think about hummus, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal…i’m not sure if i could do it!
    .-= Tyler´s last blog ..I work in foodie heaven + I made raw cinnamon raisin “bread” =-.

  3. Karla says:

    I love chili with avocado!! Tastes so fresh!
    Those carafes are beautiful! I can’t wait to have a real house so I can get fun things like that!!
    .-= Karla´s last blog ..Moose It Up =-.

  4. Oh man I know how you feel about perfecting the chili recipe! I have been working on that for years!

    Dark chocolate & TBL is on my agenda for tonight as well. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

    (BTW- Loved your guest post for Mama Pea today!)
    .-= Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)´s last blog ..Quick & Easy tomato sauce recipe =-.

  5. I’ve been meaning to make chili here soon…as my unofficial rule is I can’t make it past April…since it’s getting warmer and I’m not longer in the mood for hot soup!

  6. I always feel like I am stuffing my face when I watch the biggest loser. Seems weird, but I normally watch it during some snack time! Those veggies look so good. I LOVE roasted vegetables! Loved your post on Peas and Thank You. Thanks for sharing your story!

  7. Katie says:

    Ooh, those Brussels look mighty fine, Mara! So comforting. Have a great day!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Cheerleaders =-.

  8. Quix says:

    That chili looks GREAT! Zliten would love that (as he’s always saying he wants to make a meat only chili) but I need my beans! I have recently started roasting veggies occasionally, and MAN do they taste different roasted (but awesome). So yummy!

  9. Biz says:

    Hey Mara – the BSI this week is Brussel sprouts – you should enter this recipe! It’s Sophia of Burp and Slurp who is this weeks host.

    Love the chili!!

  10. kate says:

    as always your recipes looks amazing! ill be sure to check our your opensky store today.
    im visiting chicago in a couple weeks, is there any place/restaurant/site i must visit? im starting to make a list and id love your chicago-ean insight!

  11. shelly says:

    I love love love chili!
    .-= shelly´s last blog ..Volunteer Wednesday =-.

  12. Marianne says:

    Can you tell me what salsa verde tastes like? It interests me, mostly because it’s pretty and green 🙂
    .-= Marianne´s last blog ..My Olympics Part 9 – Heading North =-.

  13. Tim says:

    This looks pretty incredible! Easy to Make and Paleo friendly!

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