No Bean Chili

Hi all! So, here in Charleston we had a pretty cold snap (at least for us). It was about 43 degrees out and I was freezing. I was really craving a hearty bowl of chili. Of course, on the whole 30 plan there are no beans in the diet (if you want to add beans, that’s fine). So, pondering my dilemma, I came up with this no-bean chili recipe.

It’s really yummy, easy, and gave me that comfort food feel. Sometimes, we all just need some comfort food, and this really hit the nail on the head. Feel free to add spices or veggies to your liking, this is just what I had on hand at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef (I used turkey)
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp ground red pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cumin (depending on how spicy you like)
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder (I don’t always use this)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Brown turkey or hamburger in skillet on medium high heat for about 5-7 mins or until completely cooked. Drain.
  2. Add bell pepper and onion and cook for about 3-5 mins or until they are somewhat tender.
  3. In a large saucepan or dutch oven simmer diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, low-medium heat.
  4. Add meat mixture and spices to the dutch oven. Simmer for about 30-60 minutes. The longer it cooks the better the flavor.

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Spicy Hamburger Skillet

Hi all! I am back with another healthy and delicious meal. This one was fun and easy to create, which are always my favorite. I don’t know about everyone else, but I do not want to spend hours in the kitchen creating something that taste good and is yummy. I mean sometimes I don’t mind spending a long time in the kitchen, but I definitely don’t want to do it every night.

I created this recipe one night when I had been gone all day, walking up and down stairs, and wanted something fast and yummy. So, I won’t keep you waiting any longer!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground hamburger meat
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tbsp ground red pepper (less if you don’t like too spicy)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Brown hamburger in medium-high skillet for 5-10 minutes, or until hamburger is completely cooked.
  2. Add vegetables to pan, and cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add can of diced tomatoes and spices cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Serve over spinach.

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3 Ingredient Energy Bites

Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful Friday. I know most are, because we all have a love affair with Friday, don’t we? I am super excited, because I am actually posting twice in one week!! This doesn’t happen often 😉 , but I am trying to make it a priority to be better with my blog.

So, today I have a super easy and super healthy snack! I love it because it literally took me 10 minutes to put together. I put mine in the refrigerator overnight, but you could easily put them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes and serve right away. These of course are whole30 approved!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cashews crushed
  • 1 cup almond butter (I used crunchy)
  • 1/4 cup strawberries sliced
    • you can double or triple this recipe to make more, I just wanted a few. This makes about 1/2 dozen pretty large bites.

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir together well.
  2. Take the mixture and roll into balls (it will be a bit sticky). You can add a little bit of almond milk or a tiny amount of coconut or olive oil to help with stickiness. I didn’t and it was fine.
  3. Refrigerate over night or freeze for 20-30 minutes.

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Sweet Potato Tacos

Hi all! I am back with another whole30 approved meal. This recipe is super simple, and very delicious. I chose to serve mine with green beans, but any vegetable side would do. The husband loved it, which is always a good thing, and I will definitely be adding this to my regular rotation of meals.

If you are not doing whole30 you can add cheese and other toppings, although, I honestly didn’t miss the cheese. I really thought I would, but it was fantastic just as is. I topped mine with hot sauce, but salsa would work as well! Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 avocado peeled and sliced
  • 1 pound ground hamburger
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 tbsp red pepper
  • 1/2-1 tbsp garlic powder (I like garlic so I use the full tbsp)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Oil outside of sweet potatoes and wrap in aluminum foil and bake for  hour (you can also cook in the microwave wrapped in a paper towel for shorter time).
  3. Place hamburger in medium-high heat skillet. Cooked until browned about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add diced tomatoes to skillet and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Add spices and cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Top sweet potatoes with hamburger mix, and top with avocado. Serve with side of choice.

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