Sunday, February 16, 2014

Keto/Low Carb Chili


 In this weather I can easily put on weight. I'm snowed in, my husband and son don't have work or school. And that combination is dangerous for my diet because when we are all together our favorite thing to do is order our favorite foods, and by favorite I mean any and everything that will subsequently attach itself to my ass/thighs/stomach, and watch movies, all day. So I couldn't sleep, it is 5:30 in the morning, and I decided to make some Keto meals to store in the fridge so that as soon as I'm hungry, I will have healthier options.

    This weather is perfect for hot soups, and for some reason I was craving chili. I looked up a couple recipes, and tweaked them a bit with my own additions, but here is what I came up with.

What you'll need:

1 lb of beef/turkey/chicken (Your preference, I used lean turkey)
1/2 Green pepper
1/2 Large Onion
4 tsp Chili powder
4 tsp Cumin
3 tablespoons of minced Garlic (I didn't have fresh garlic on hand, so I used 4 tablespoons of garlic powder)
Salt, pepper, basil, and parsley (I eyeballed these, basically just tasting the chili till I got how much I desired)
1/2 can of Tomato Paste
1 cup of diced tomato
4 cups of Chicken/Beef broth
Flax Meal

I browned my turkey first. Because it is lean, I used olive oil to saute it because there is very little fat in lean turkey.

I then added the chili powder, cumin, black pepper, salt, garlic, basil and parsley, and then added the diced onion and green pepper.

I added a little more olive oil and cooked it all a little longer until the onions and green peppers got soft. Then I added the tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Instead of using water to lubricate the tomato paste I used chicken stock. I would have probably preferred beef, but I didn't have any at the moment. The carb count so far is 12.5 net for the tomato paste,  8 net for the diced tomatoes, and 2.5 net for the green pepper. 

I added about 2 more cups of broth, and two tablespoons of flax meal to help thicken the chili, just enough to thicken, but not affect the taste. Flax meal is a GREAT source of fiber, and I use it a lot with Keto. I put the lid on and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. I went back and added about two more tablespoons of chili powder and cumin, but that was just my personal preference.

This recipe should yield about 4 servings, and come to 5.8 net carbs per serving. I'm eating it now and it is YUMMY! I don't even miss the beans! Give it a try and let me know how it works for you. Stay warm ! 

I hope your spending this time with the ones you love.

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