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Chili, Chips, and Cheeze

Hola mis amigas (o amigos)!

I’ve still not gotten fully adjusted to this whole working around the clock thing, so today’s post isn’t going to be very long. My eyelids are drooping again way before I should be going to bed…

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Here is a recipe that I made a few weeks ago for my mom and dad before I headed off to my internship. In the words of my dad to my mom: “She really made this?”

Yes. It’s that good. 🙂 So gather up the ingredients and make some Mexican-inspired…

Chili, Chips and Cheeze

Makes Two Servings 

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Nut/Dairy/Egg-Free Options, Vegan Options, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly 

Chips Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour (or other nut/seed flour)
  • 1 egg white (see below for vegan substitution ideas)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt plus more for sprinkling
  • garlic and onion powder

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Cheeze Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp oil (I used ghee, but coconut oil, butter or a dairy-free substitute would work as well)
  • 1 cup butternut squash, pureed (cooked using this method)
  • 3/4-1 cup homemade almond milk (any type of milk would work here)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp each ground mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp black pepper

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Chili Ingredients:

  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (ground turkey, chicken, pork, would also work— see below for vegan substitution ideas)
  • 1/2-1 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2-1 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato puree (or sauce)
  • 1 tbsp honey (maple syrup or stevia for vegans would be fine too)
  • 1 tsp each of ground mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp each black pepper, chili powder

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Chips Directions:

Based on my Grain-Free Crispy Cracker Thins

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, egg white and sea salt to form a dough.
  3. Put a piece of parchment paper down on a cookie sheet. Place the dough in the middle. Place another piece of parchment paper on top. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough very very thin. When you think it’s thin enough, roll it out some more (you want it super thin for a crispy cracker. I also had to use my hands to spread out the dough).
  4. Remove the top parchment paper carefully.
  5. Use a knife to score the chips into triangle, chip-size pieces. Sprinkle with additional sea salt and other toppings to your liking.
  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. You may want to check at intervals thereafter; however, to make sure that they don’t burn (oven temps differ greatly). I then flipped the chips and baked for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes and then carefully break off the chips.

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Cheeze Directions:

Adapted from Oh She Glows

  1. In a medium-sized pan, heat the 1 tbsp ghee/oil over medium-low heat.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the coconut flour and almond milk well. Add to the heated oil.
  3. Combine well and then stir in the remaining ingredients mixing with each addition.
  4. Stir frequently until the cheeze sauce has thickened (add more almond milk if you like your cheeze thinner).
  5. Remove from heat.

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Chili Directions:

  1. Over medium-high heat cook your ground beef (or substitute). Add the onions and peppers when almost through cooking and sautee until well-cooked.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and combine. Cook until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat.

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To make the dish:

1. Take about half of the chips and place them in a bowl/on a plate.

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2. Scoop on about half of the chili mixture.

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3. Top with desired amount of cheeze sauce.

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Substitution notes:

Nut-free: To make this recipe nut-free you can use sun flour in place of the almond flour, and any type of milk you desire in place of the almond milk (homemade sunflower seed milk, rice milk, cow’s milk, etc).

Dairy-free: To make this recipe dairy-free use coconut oil instead of ghee, and make sure to use a dairy-free milk option.

Egg-free: To make this recipe egg-free, I would recommend using a cracker recipe that you know and love. I think that making a chia/flax egg and substituting it in for the egg white in this recipe might also work, but I can’t guarantee the results.

Vegan: To make this recipe vegan, use all of the vegan substitution options above for dairy and egg-free as well as a sweetener in place of the honey. In addition, you can substitute the beef in the chili recipe with a number of different ingredients. A combination of diced mushrooms, cauliflower and extra onions/peppers would be a great way to keep this recipe paleo as well as vegan. Otherwise, cooked tvp, a meat substitute, lentils, and/or a combination of mashed beans would also be delicious. My recommendation is about 2 cups cooked (1 cup mushrooms, 1 cup lentils, and 1 cup beans sauteed and cooked would be my top pick).

Nightshade-free: To make this free of nightshade vegetables for those who have food allergies, try replacing the tomato puree with butternut squash puree and the diced peppers with celery, more onions, mushrooms, or carrots.

Shared at Fat Tuesday.

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the never-ending party that is What I Ate Wednesday!

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Tomorrow is of course going to be packed full of more work, but I’m going to try my hardest to reply to all of your comments on my last two posts, as well as comment on as many wonderful WIAW as I possibly can! Thanks for being patient with me!

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What is your favorite Mexican-inspired dish?

Do you like having a lot of subsidization options with recipes? Or would you rather just come up with substitution options on your own?

What is your favorite food that you shared for today’s WIAW post?

Life Update

Alright. Time for an update on what’s going on in my life right now! It’s been almost a week since I talked about me at all 🙂

Courtesy of Meghan at Clean Eats Fast Feets.

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  • Last Thursday I attended a band concert. It was outside on the grass lawn of my old high school. My brother and a lot of my friends were in the concert, and it was also the last performance of my old band director before he retired. As a surprise about 80 alumni members came back to play one final song with him. I hadn’t picked up my clarinet in almost a year, but I was amazed out how easy it was to play again.
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A lot of people showed up for the band concert! This photo doesn’t do it justice.

  • After the concert about 20 of us drove into Wendy’s for a little celebration. Of course I didn’t get any food; however that just gave me the excuse to talk even more 😉 I hadn’t realized how much I missed all of my friends. College just can’t compare.
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This is something my friends and I would totally say. Sarcasm at its finest.

  • On Saturday I did a ton of packing and then my parents and brother drove up with me to my apartment for the summer. We packed up two cars (one mine and one theirs) and drove 3 + hours. On the way we encountered a train (again) and had to wait awhile.
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You can’t see it in this picture, but there was some pretty awesome-looking graffiti painted on some of the train cars.

  • That afternoon we unpacked all of my things from the cars and went out to do a little shopping/eating. Since it was so late they all spent the night as well.
  • On Sunday after lunch they headed home and I was left to explore the apartment a bit more on my own!
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This is the only picture of my apartment that you’ll see for awhile. It looks positively PLAIN right now.

  • Monday was the first day of my internship. This week I have been working 8:30AM-5:30PM everyday. However, I actually leave at 7:45AM and don’t get back until around 6:05PM because the traffic is so congested (it should only take 11 minutes to travel to and from the office).
  • A few thoughts on my internship so far:

 

1. There are a total of ten interns. 9 male. 1 female. Guess who the 1 female is?…. 🙁

2. Our days are divided up into customer service training as well as training on the tax software that we are going to be supporting. Other times we are learning about the call system that we will be using to log our communication with customers, and sometimes we are sent to our individual cubicles to work on practice exercises.

3. As I mentioned on Wednesday, I am just mentally drained. Other than my lunch break everyday, it’s basically non-stop thinking.

4. It’s actually all really interesting stuff and I think I might (just might! 🙂 ) actually enjoy working in customer support this summer. It kind of seems… fun?

  • I almost forgot to mention, but also last week on Friday I went to see my gastroenterologist again. She asked more questions and I gave more answers. Then she prescribed a bunch of tests! At first I was pretty excited because more tests mean the possibility finally for a diagnosis and a solution.
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In case you don’t know what a hospital table looks like… Funny story: when the doctor had me lay down on the table we realized that there was no way to extend the bottom so basically I had to keep my legs lifted the whole time because I was too long! Haha.

  • Then when I went to get my blood drawn the nurse encountered a little difficulty (like always). I think she collapsed the vessel in my arm because it started burning and she didn’t get much out. Time to call in the professionals! A woman named “Rosa” came over and within 30 seconds had stabbed me and began shoving the needle around. Now, there may have been a few tears and weary glances at my mom, but at least she got the blood flowing!

 

  • And gave me a special pink bandage with smiley faces. The woman who collapsed my vessel just gave me a boring old tan one…
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Excuse my unphotogenic arms that look more like a leg than an arm in this picture!

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Does anyone else just love bandaids?

  • I also have to do a lot of various stool tests (I hate typing that word but there’s nothing better to call it!) to test me for infections, inflammation, parasites, etc. One of these tests is also supposed to measure my ability to absorb fat, but I’m not sure that one’s ever going to get done because I have to eat 100 grams of fat for 6 days straight! Currently I don’t eat much fat at all– the only fat I get is from dark chicken meat. Any skin, fat in broth, oils, nuts, or what have you basically kills my stomach and sends me straight to the bathroom for days on end. So ya… No thanks!
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Oh! And here is a lovely picture of the bruise that formed on my arm from the collapsed vein… Can you kind of see it? Unfortunately it looks more like a strange stain than a bruise.

  • There are some other tests that they are running too, but I’m not able to do those until later this summer when I have off on July 5th. As for the rest of the tests, I’ll let you know what I find out when I get the results. Hopefully sooner rather than later!
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Who else takes awkward pictures in doctor’s offices?

  • Tomorrow is Friday thank goodness!

I’m going to quickly insert some pictures so this post isn’t quite so text-heavy and BORING. Then I’m going to find a nice little book to read before I head off to bed. Besides being Friday, it’s also the day that I get to head home for the weekend since I have three days off due to Memorial Day!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Oh, and a little preview for a new recipe that I have to share. Dairy-Free Chili Chips and Cheese (with Vegan substitutions!)

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Does this really need a caption?

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Are you going to do anything special to celebrate Memorial Day? I’m planning on going to a band parade on Monday depending on the weather!

Do you like going to the hospital?

Are there many train tracks where you live?

What are your plans for the weekend?