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40 Ways to use Chia Seeds

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Mmm, Spicy Chili!

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Ingredients:

  • 2lbs. Ground Beef
  • 3 cans Rotel
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cans low sodium red kidney beans
  • 2 cans low sodium white kidney beans
  • 1 can low sodium pinto beans
  • 1 can low sodium garbanzo beans
  • 2 cans light beer
  • 1 can beef broth
  • Garlic (fresh or Garlic Powder (I used refrigerated garlic from a jar)
  • Chili Powder(s) (I used regular from the store and Piri Piri from Cruelie)
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Cajun Seasoning (basically more chili powder)
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Hot Sauce (I used my own Fire In Your Hole (Mango Habanero) and Tortuga Hellfire)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Fritos
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream

Chili Ramblings:

You really can’t fuck up chili.  You just throw shit in a crock pot and leave it for a while, and it’s magically delicious in a few hours.  However, quality ingredients and a few tips I’ve learned over the years will certainly benefit any chili chef.  This recipe probably can’t be replicated, since you won’t be able to access the same ingredients (Cruelie’s Piri Piri chili powder, Tortuga Hellfire sauce, or my own Fire in Your Hole sauce (I don’t think I had a recipe… If I did, I can’t find it…))

So, some tips before I get into how I made this:

  1. Beer.  Always put beer in the crock pot.  Doesn’t matter what kind, just dump some in.
  2. Sugar.  It makes the ingredients blend together.  I always throw in a pinch or two.
  3. Cinnamon Stick.  It’s like chili chocolate.  I don’t know how, but cinnamon in chili is a fucking must.  Do it.  Trust me.  This was my first attempt using nutmeg as well.  I think it worked also, but it’s too soon to make a “tip” out of it.
  4. Beans.  Who says you have to use “chili” beans or even red kidney beans?  I always use them as a base, but include a variety.
  5. Beef.  Some argue to use ground chuck or other expensive beef.  Frankly: you won’t taste it with the other flavors.  Don’t waste your money.  If you want to waste money, get a more expensive beer and fancy spices. These will enhance your flavor better than expensive meat.
  6. Quality spices.  The things that make this chili fabulous are my Fire in Your Hole sauce and my Piri Piri Chili Powder.  There are fancy herb/spice shops you can get good, fresh spices at to include in your chili over the traditional store bought ones.  Invest in one for your chili!
  7. When you think you’ve put enough seasoning in…. double it.  😉  Kidding.  Sort of.  I didn’t give amounts of the spices I used, because it is always “to taste.”  But I dump a shit ton of seasoning in.

Directions: (You’ll put most of the seasonings into the meat while it cooks as well as the crock pot.  Everything except: cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg only go into the crockpot.  Crushed red pepper and garlic only go into the meat.)

  1. Brown Ground Beef.
    • Season with: chili powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic, cajun seasoning, cumin, crushed red pepper, 1/2 can of beer.
    • Once beef is browned and beer has cooked off, add hot sauce(s) and cook another minute or so.  Remove from heat, toss into crockpot.
  2. Dump into crockpot:
    • beef
    • rotel
    • all the beans
    • tomato sauce
    • Season with: chili powders, cayenne pepper, onion powder, cajun seasoning, cumin, cinnamon stick(s), nutmeg, sugar.
    • the rest of the beer
    • beef broth
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours.  If it’s watery, cook on high for a bit to boil off the liquids.
  4. Enjoy with fritos, cheese, and sour cream.

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Egg Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb sausage, cooked (I used “lowfat” because I couldn’t find Turkey Sausage that wasn’t precooked.)
  • 1 Dozen Eggs
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked in water
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk (any milk works)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Optional: maple syrup, cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease muffin pan w/ cooking spray
  3. Cook sausage, once cooked, add maple syrup to coat, if desired.  Set aside (and let cool a bit.)
  4. Mix other ingredients together in a medium bowl  (add shredded cheese now, if desired.)
  5. Pour into muffin pan, cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until muffins stop bubbling and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.  Reheat for 30 seconds – 1minute.  Instead of mixing cheese into egg mixture, you can add cheese prior to reheating to make a “cheese frosting.” (That’s what I did.)

You can mix up the ingredients.  Fresh tomatoes and kale instead of spinach and mushrooms.  Turkey Sausage would be good– I didn’t see any that wasn’t pre-cooked, where should I look?  And the quinoa can be cooked in milk instead, but that tends to make it “sticky” so it might not have blended in as well.  I like the “cheese frosting” idea because then you can have cheese free or cheesy muffins, depending on your mood.

*This recipe wasn’t my idea, I modified this one I found on Cooking Light: https://meanass.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/healthy-sausage-and-cheese-breakfast-casserole-recipes-healthy-breakfast-recipes-cooking-light/

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Thai Fish Sauce and Lime Chicken Recipe

Thai Fish Sauce and Lime Chicken Recipe

Wow.  Delicious.  I served this with Brussel Sprouts and Shitake Lo Mein.  They went well together, but next time I will take Cooking Light‘s advice and serve over brown rice.  I only made two chicken breasts (and did not beat them to 1/2″ thickness, but left them in their usual state 😉 ) and thus had leftover sauce.  The sauce was to die for.  Wow.  Incredible.  But… since you just pour it over the chicken, it didn’t really soak in.  Rice would absorb that delicious glaze and increase the flavor.  Tim loved the peanut topping.  🙂

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 296
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.4g
  • Protein: 41.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 12.1g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Cholesterol: 99mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg
  • Sodium: 649mg
  • Calcium: 25mg

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Brussel Sprouts and Shitake Lo Mein

Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Lo Mein Recipe

Wow.  This was amazing.  Mmm….

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Changes to the recipe.

  • First–I used one package fresh Shitake Mushrooms instead of dried.  No brainer, right?
  • Second–instead of 4oz egg noodles, I used the whole bag–12oz.  (I increased everything else a smidge as well.)
  • Sprouts carries “Mung Sprouts,” but they were out.  Their regular sprouts were $3,99!  So I thought I’d get them for $1.99 like I used to at King Soopers.  D’Oh!  King Soopers no longer carries sprouts!  So I had to return to Sprouts a second time to purchase sprouts.  Irony?

I can’t explain how good this was.  Without Soy Sauce, a little bland, but… still a rich garlic flavor (that I love.)  Only put a splash of Soy Sauce on, though.  Tim and I both overdid it.  🙂  When I make this again, I will splurge and use two cartons of Shitake Mushrooms.  Also, I might add some tofu or chicken to make it a one-skillet-meal. Tonight, I served it with Thai Fish Sauce and Lime Chicken.  The flavors definitely complemented one another, but I think each can stand alone.

Nutritional Information:

Amount per serving (Yield 6 servings)

  • Calories: 214
  • Calories from fat: 43%
  • Protein: 6.3g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 1.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 26g
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 286mg
  • Cholesterol: 19mg

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Horseradish Cock Sauce (aka “Cock Radish”)

Mix together 1 part Cock Sauce (Sriracha) and 1 part creamy Horseradish for a spicy, delicious dipping sauce.  I enjoy it with pizza rolls.  For a spicier sauce, increase the amount of Sriracha.  For milder, increase the horseradish.
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Ah-HA!

Food: 1758/1854

  • Frosted Mini Wheats w/ 1% Milk, Coffee, Sugarfree vanilla half and half
  • Apple, Yoplait Greek w/ Nature’s Valley Granola and Fruit
  • Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich on wheat, VitaRain Sport, Banana
  • Chicken Breast & Colby Jack Panini on Sourdough, 1% milk

Exercise:

  • Reilly walk
  • Cruelie Practice

Finally stayed under my caloric intake.  One bonus of living so far away from the War*house: I leave at 4:30/4:45, I get home at 8:45/9:45.  Good practice last night.  Lots of new transfers to play with.

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