This is a beginning of a second week of the elimination diet for my kids.
They’ve been on this diet for 14 days for Emily and 8 days for Andrew. They are dying for a juicy steak and mashed potato with butter. Lots of butter. Or a big plate of spaghetti and meatball. And most of all, Clementine Oranges.
Well, those dishes weren’t on the menu at Chez Karen. Instead, White Chili was the “Special of the Day.”
Even my red meat loving husband liked it. He said, it was “clean” and it didn’t “repeat” on him. I made the chili with ground pork and ground turkey but next time, I’m going to try with tofu instead. I think it’ll be tasty even if there was no meat in it.
Here is the recipe. I have to warn you though; I don’t cook according to recipes. I’m a “pinch of this, and dash of that” kinda cook so this measurement might be a little “off”. But I did try to measure for the purpose of writing it here. You can always adjust the spices to your liking.
- 2 lbs. ground pork or turkey
- 1 lg. onion – chopped
- 4 stalks of celery -chopped
- 1 green pepper – cubed
- 3 russet potatoes – one inch cubed
- 19 oz. can of white navy or cannelini beans drained and rinsed
- 1 C of chopped cilantro – reserve ½ for garnish
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 28 oz of chicken broth
- 1/4 C Olive Oil – more or less
- 1/2 tsp of cumin
- 1/2 tsp of cheyenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp of chili pepper
- salt and black pepper to taste
- ½ C of chopped scallions for garnish
- Heat olive oil in a large pot.
- Saute onion, garlic, celery, green peppers, in that order, for ten minutes.
- Add ground pork and turkey and stir until cooked
- Add tomato paste, spices, potatoes, chicken broth and simmer until potatoes are tender
- Add beans and cilantro.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Serve with chopped cilantro and scallions
I like to cook enough chili to last two days for our family of four. But if you want to half the recipe, it’s easy to do.
This was so easy to make. It is wheat, dairy, red meat, and sugar free. Like I said, I’m going to try the recipe with tofu next time.
Emily had a setback yesterday. Emily had, in her words, “tiny weeny teensy little piece” of milk chocolate while my DH was in charge. Well, if there’s one person who would sneak in a contraband, it would be my DH. Needless to say, she is lightly red in some areas. ARGH~!!!! She was also not drinking enough water since she’s not bedridden anymore and going to school.
Andrew also had a setback since he’s been fencing everyday. His face, arms and behind the knees are not as red but his neck is red and dry. He also admits not drinking enough water since he is back at school and it’s hard to fill up his water bottle every hour. I can see how this is going to be very hard while they are in school. Lunches are hard too since there’s nothing to eat.
But call me an optimist but I am still happy about the progress. I wish I took pictures of their skin before the diet but I can tell you that they are much better than before. I’m going to start taking pictures weekly. I am also keeping a food diary. Let me tell you; this is a full time job!! I’m constantly thinking about what to cook more than ever. Grocery shopping is no picnic with absolutely nothing to buy and twice as long since I have to read every label. I’m sure once I’m educated about which ones to buy, it’ll get easier but oh boy, do I miss my farmers market.
Thanks for keeping me company on this journey. I need all the encouragement I can get.
I wonder if I can sneak in a chocolate that my friend gave me for Christmas. Shhhhhh. Don’t tell the kids. But I think I deserve it though. Don’t you?