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Chili with Cucumber Salsa

Sometimes the weather drives what I cook for dinner.  It’s really cold out today so it’s Chili time.  I believe Chili is one of those dishes that can be very personal.  We add the ingredients we like and we omit the ones we don’t.  This is my version I hope you can use something from it.grassfed_beef

Tips:
I always use grass fed beef.  I know it costs more but it is worth it, it just tastes better.

chocolate

Baking Chocolate

I use 1 oz. of 100% cacao.  It gives the chili a depth of flavor and some body.

I prefer to use beef cubes over beef broth.  The cubes seem to intensify the beef flavor.

I make a cucumber salsa and add that to the chili.  It gives the chili that taco-ish flavor that compliments the chili and the cucumbers give it a texture that I love.

Because the beef granules have their own salt and there is salt in the salsa I don’t really add salt to the chili.

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Cucumber Salsa

CUCUMBER SALSA
1 or 2 Cucumbers chopped

1 or 2  Small cans of green chilies

1 or 2 Tomatoes chopped

1 Onion chopped

Cilantro (dried or fresh)

Lime Juice

Salt

Add the ingredients together to your taste!  Make enough for at least 2 cups.  This salsa is even better if allowed to sit overnight before adding to the chili.

CHILI
Olive Oil

1 Onion chopped

1 Bell Pepper chopped

2 lbs. Ground Beefchili_seasonings

6 Beef Cubes

2 Cups of Cucumber Salsa

4-5 Cups of Water

1 oz. Baking Chocolate 100% Cacao chopped

Chili Powder to your taste (I use about 2-3 tbsp.)

Cumin to your taste ( I use about 1 tbsp.)

Chipotle Powder to your taste (I use about 1 tsp.)

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 Can of Pinto Beans (optional) (one of our beneficial foods)

cooked_beef

Cooked Beef

LET’S GET COOKING!
Cover the bottom of a pot with the olive oil

Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes

Next add the grass fed beef and cook for 10 minutes

Add the beef cubes, use a large spoon to break up the cubes as they cook down, do this until the beef is thoroughly cooked

Mix in 2 cups of Cucumber Salsa, and the water then bring to a boil

Add the chocolate, once the chocolate has melted add the next 4 ingredients to your taste

Finally, let the chili simmer for 10 minutes

If you want to add the pinto beans do it at the very end and simmer until the beans are thoroughly heated

You can top your chili with green onions and or mozzarella cheese.  Serve it over quinoa or gluten free noodles.  Put the chili inside a taco shell made from a grain that doesn’t offend your diet.  Layer the bottom of the shell with spinach leaves and top it off with some of the cucumber salsa.  I could not find a shell that didn’t offend my diet so I used a corn shell (oops!)  beef_taco

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The Mighty, Mighty, Meatball

I was not a big fan of ground beef before the Eat Right for your Blood Type (ERBT) diet.  Now I cook ground beef on a regular basis, about once or twice a week.  Meatballs are my favorite thing to make with this type of beef, because they are so versatile.  I do not have a particular recipe to share with you, but I hope my tips will help.

uncooked meatballs

My Tips:

1).  Use the leanest ground beef you can find or use grass fed beef. I use beef that is 6% fat and 94% lean.

2).  The basic meatball recipe is about half meat and half bread crumbs – I use gluten free seasoned bread crumbs.   seasoned_breadcrumbs

3). Avoid the dreaded dry meatballs by adding unflavored almond milk.  I do not soak my bread crumbs in the milk because it makes the overall texture a little weird.

4).  If it doesn’t offend your diet use an egg it helps to bind the meat and other ingredients.

5).  If it doesn’t offend your diet add grated parmesean cheese to your recipe.  This adds so much flavor to your meatball.

6). Add your favorite vegetables such as onions, garlic, green bell pepper, and chopped garlic.  I do not always add vegetables to the meatballs beacause I add them to my sauce. Don’t forget your favorite Italian seasonings, I add parsley, oregano, and basil, usually 1-2 teaspoon of each, salt and pepper.

7). Make sure your meatballs are cooked thoroughly.  I have cooked my meatballs in my homemade sauce which gave the sauce so much flavor, but also made the sauce a little greasy.  If you choose to do this do not disturb the meatballs for the first 30 minutes, this prevents the meatballs from breaking apart.

I have also cooked my meatballs in the oven, which gives the meatballs a nice crust and allows the meatballs an opportunity to release it’s grease, then I add them to my sauce.

8). Before rolling out your meatballs, make a small patty and fry it to make sure you are satisfied with the flavor.

9). Use a melon scoop to make the size of your meatballs uniform.

Enjoy the mighty, mighty meatball as a main dish, with homemade red sauce or barbeque sauce.  The traditional way on top of pasta is always a big hit, or on a gluten-free bread roll for a fantastic meatball sandwich.   meatballs with homemade sauce

My basic sauce (better than the jarred stuff)

1- Onion

1- Green Pepper

1- Grated Carrot (for sweetness)

Chopped Garlic ( to your taste)

2lbs Ground Beef

2- 28oz cns peeled tomatoes

1/2 cup grated parmesean cheese

add the following items to your taste:

parsley

basil

oregano

salt

pepper

ENJOY!!!