Chili is one of those foods that, regardless of your photography skills, will always resemble vomit in a pot. That’s ok though, because it’s delicious.
This is a post for my friends at newcovcrossfit! Especially those who are new to food challenges, or even new to paleo in general.
We’re only a short nine days away from the start of our Whole Life Challenge, and it’s time to start preparing! I don’t have facebook so I’ll be offering tips and tricks as best I can right here on tumblr.
My first piece of advice is to take an evening or two during this coming week and make a couple large batches of chili, soup or stew that you can freeze in single servings and eat through the duration of the challenge when you find yourself in a pinch.
Personally, I can scrounge together a compliant dinner from the barest of pantries but the problem comes when I need food for lunch at work the next day too. Having a bunch of frozen containers of chili makes it easy to grab something quick without having to think about it.
There will be evenings, too, when the thought of cooking anything at all fills you with dread and exhaustion and the thought of eating eggs or another salad is just too much to bear. You will be patting yourself on the back when you have a hot bowl of delicious stew to get you through those nights… especially during the first week or two, when fatigue can be a serious problem.
I advise everyone to do it this week when you have some free time so that you have some time to find a recipe you really like and you can acquire some ingredients that you might not have (especially lots of spices and good coconut oil, all of which will be invaluable as you experiment with new recipes) before the pressure of the challenge sets in. Googling for “whole30 compliant” recipes will be your best bet.
My drug of choice is Robb Wolf’s Ultimate Paleo Chili. Chili is my favorite because it’s perfect for using up extra veggies in the fridge. I didn’t have two whole peppers as the recipe called for, but I did have fresh tomatoes, celery, mushrooms and carrots that needed eaten and they’re all in the pot now. The recipe calls for 2lbs of ground beef, but I actually used 3 and upped the rest of the ingredients accordingly so I’ll have plenty to last a while.
Good luck everyone :)
p.s. Tropical Traditions gold label coconut oil is the Dom Perignon of coconut oils. Sometimes they have 50% off sales so keep your eyes peeled. A gallon will last you the rest of your life, so even at full price it’s a way better deal than you’ll find in most stores. And you can’t beat the flavor.