Category Archives: Main Dishes

Spunky Chunky No Bean Chili

My family loves chili!  There’s not many meals any easier than throwing chili in the crock pot to simmer throughout the day.  When I walk through the door in the afternoon, I know supper is almost ready.

Making chili is more of a process than an actual recipe.  There’s so many ways to do it.  You have your choices of meat, even chicken if your heart desires!

In this recipe, I use ground beef, but I’ve seen where some people use carne asada.  I’ve seen that in the beef section of our grocery store and it looks really good!  I just may try that next time.

Start out by browning the ground beef, onion, and peppers.  I jsut happened to have a frozen mix of peppers that I used this time.

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After the meat is a browned and drained, put it together with every thing else in the slow cooker and relax the rest of the day.  Or in my case, head back to work for a few more hours.  🙂

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Spunky Chunky No Bean Chili 

3 lbs. ground beef (if you use 80/20, drain it after cooking)
1 large onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped

In a saute skillet, brown beef, onions, and peppers.  Drain if needed.

While the meat is cooking, add to a large crock pot or slow cooker:

1 32 oz can of petite diced tomatoes, or 2 small cans
1 can of Rotel tomatoes or tomatoes with green chiles
2 cups beef stock
¼ cup ground cumin, or to taste
¼ cup chili powder, or to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sweetener, optional (add this to balance the acid in the tomatoes)

After the meat is drained, add to the tomato/spice mixture in a crock pot.
Cover and cook for 4-6 hours on low.  Should make 12 servings at around 8 carbs each.

Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese.

*I also made some almond flour biscuits and fried them up like fritters.

 

 

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Zuppa Toscana ~ Low Carb

That frosty chill in the air means it’s soup weather!  

This is a delicious make-at-home version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.

This rich creamy soup is easy to make so don’t let the unusual ingredients scare you off!   I found the kale at the grocery store and the turnips I got fresh from the farmer’s veggie stand.
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Zuppa Toscana ~ Made with Turnips

1 lb. spicy Italian sausage – crumbled
1/2 lb. bacon, chopped
1 32 oz chicken broth
4 small to medium turnips, scrubbed clean, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves – peeled, crushed
1 med. onion – peeled, chopped
2 cups chopped or torn kale
1 cup heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste

In a soup pot or dutch oven,  over medium-high heat, brown sausage, breaking into small pieces as you fry it; drain and return to pot.  In the same pan, cook the  bacon til done.  Drain, reserving about 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings.

Add chopped onions and garlic; sautee  in bacon drippings until tender. Add the chicken broth and turnip slices to the pot.  Simmer over medium heat until turnips are tender, maybe 15 minutes.  It didn’t take too long, but my turnips were fresh smallish turnips from the veggie truck.

Add the kale pieces and cream to the pot; season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low for another 15 minutes.

Serve with your favorite toasted bread or bread sticks.  (I used some homemade coconut flour “cornbread” muffins.  I’ll be sharing that recipe in the near future.)

For 6 servings:  Calories 388, Carbs 9, Fat 18

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COOK’S NOTE: Some people subsitute cauliflower for the potatoes to make it low carb.  I subbed turnips and they were very similar in texture and appearance to potatoes.  The cream helps reduce the tart taste that turnips sometimes have.  Everyone loved it and really couldn’t tell the difference.

Shared with Inspire Me Tuesday.

BBQ Rub and Barbequed Boston Butt!

Look what my hubby the GrillMaster did this weekend!

It was so yummy!

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The Boston Butt being prepped for the grill.

I rubbed it some of my favorite *seasonings and then he wrapped it in aluminum

foil and put it on a hot grill for 4 hours.  The temp in the grill stayed 275-375 for

most of the time and the meat fell off the bone!

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I wish I could talk him into having a food truck!  

Wouldn’t that be fun?!

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My hubby’s pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and hot sauce.

This is a good basic BBQ Rub. It works well on any food for smoking or grilling.

½ cup salt
¼ cup granulated brown sugar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Combine all ingredients, mix well, and store in an airtight container.

Yields about 1 cup.

Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry

I’ve started trying to watch my calories and this tasty dish naturally falls right into the low calorie category.

And it’s quick and easy!  That’s a plus, right?

I fix this all the time and use whatever veggies I may have.  This time I used a bag of frozen stir fry veggies and the preparation was even faster.

Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry

1 bag of Walmart frozen medium shrimp, peeled
1 bag of frozen stir fry veggies
1tsp Cajun spice
splash of soy sauce

First of all I thaw the frozen veggies, then toss in my wok skillet with about a tablespoon of oil.  I toss in a little Cajun spice and soy sauce and give it a quick stir.

When the veggies are tender,  I add the thawed shrimp and continue cooking about 4 minutes or until the shrimp look done.  You don’t want to overcook the shrimp or they’ll be tough.

You can serve over rice for those who want it, but I usually eat it as is.  Fewer calories and carbs that way.  🙂

Nutritional info I found on the shrimp and veggies:

Shrimp Peeled & Deveined With Tail on (Walmart Frozen Medium Cooked Shrimp) Serving Size: 3 oz (about 3/4cup), Calories: 77, Fat: 1g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 17g

Kroger Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables (1 cup)
calories: 30, fat: 0g, carbs: 5g, protein: 1g

A friend of mine turned me on to my new favorite website, My Fitness Pal.  What a neat and easy way to keep up with my nutritional intake!  Check it out.

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Cool Weather Crock Pot, One Dish, & One Pan Meals

Today’s icy wet weather is just perfect for cooking supper in the crock pot.  

After a long hard day at work, I love coming in to the smell of a roast cooking in the crock pot and knowing that supper is almost ready.

Here’s some of my favorite crock pot/slow cooker or one dish meals.

Click on the picture to go to the recipe.

Aunt Dorothy’s Creamy Potato Soup

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Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops

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One Pot Beefy Cabbage Casserole

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My Handyman’s Jambalaya

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Aunt Mary’s Chicken & Dumplings

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Cheesy Burger Skillet

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and my supper tonight…

Vegetable Beef Soup with Cornbread

From some of my favorite spots around the web…

TSLC’s Slow Cooker Cabbage, Potatoes, & Smoked Sausage

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Grace’s Ham & Bean Soup

Hope you enjoy this cool day.  If you’d like to share your own crock pot or one dish recipes, leave a link in the comments.  Thanks for visiting!