Chili

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Hello! I’ve been craving some chili lately, so I took advantage of a cool, sunny day to make some. Normally I make a crock pot chili that consists of every type of canned bean, ground turkey and canned tomatoes, this year since I am trying to be more paleo to heal my body, I HAD to change the recipe {no more canned beans for me}. I also included ground beef instead of turkey in this recipe also. The chili turned out really good and I will definitely be making it again.

It was weird to change a tradition that I normally make every year in the fall, but this recipe still hit the spot. I say that I am “trying” to be more paleo in that I mean eat ALL my meals paleo {as this recipe IS paleo}. I am still struggling to fully dump all the bad foods that are making me sick and unhealthy. I’ve actually had a lot of symptoms return after taking a break from eating clean. I can actually tell the very next day I eat something bad just by simply looking at my face and the skin under my eyes; it turns dark and swollen as soon as I’ve eaten something my body didn’t agree with {as you can see in the pic below}. I share this with you because I want to remind people that no one is perfect, literally everyone on this BIG O’ PLANET makes mistakes! BUT God, IS perfect and he will help you if you ask him and he will guide you with the holy spirit if you invite him in. I have been beating myself up about every little food choice I make, and have been feeling guilty and condemned if every thing I eat is NOT paleo. This is not how God wants us to live, he doesn’t design us to feel guilty. Guilt is a feeling the devil tries to use against us to make us give up, and let me tell you, I have given up before in the past due to guilt and it is not fun or the better option! Thinking, well I’ve already ate bad for dinner, why not have an ice cream sundae? or I haven’t exercised in 3 days, a 4th day isn’t going to hurt. I’m sure you’ve been caught in this trap of thinking also. BUT, we don’t have to keep getting tripped up by the same mistakes, if we keep on trying, praying, moving forward and not giving up, we will see a harvest in due time. Eventually if you keep on exercising when you don’t want to, it will become a habit; you will lose the weight you want if you don’t give up; you can have a better marriage if you keep going and don’t give up.

We might keep making the same or different mistakes over and over again, but there is one mistake I really don’t want to make again and that is giving up. I am keeping my eyes on God and not my past or mistakes {or the pizza I had last night} and am moving forward! Like Paul said in Philippians 3:12-14

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

In a world where “perfect” people are everywhere, don’t get tricked by the devil into thinking you’re a failure or will never accomplish your goals. No one is perfect besides Jesus Christ, seek him with your energy, rather than trying to be and do everything perfectly.

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Meanwhile, my dogs are enjoying their sunshine before dinner time!

 

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Chili

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil or butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced.
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 spicy sausages
  • 1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 sweet potato, diced.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. of each dried basil, dried oregano and Italian seasonings
  • 1 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1- 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1- 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large pot on medium with coconut oil or butter. Once melted add in onions and carrots to soften.
  2. Remove the casing from the sausage if it has it and crumble it into the pot. Add in the ground beef and diced sweet potatoes and stir.
  3. Add in all spices and apple cider vinegar and stir. Let this all cook for a few minutes.
  4. Lastly, add in diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. Stir the pot again and partially cover and let simmer on low for at least an hour {I let mine go for 2}.
  5. Enjoy and top with your choice of avocado, guacamole, salsa, cheese or sour cream.

 

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