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Father’s Day Chili Cook-Off: 2 Healthy Chili Recipes Dad Will Love

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Without a doubt, fathers seem to agree that chili is one food that keeps them satisfied. So, this Father’s Day we’ve created some healthy chili recipes that will please your taste buds and keep you well. Body Ecology’s principles of proper food combining, fermented foods and eating only until you are 80% full, help make these recipes much easier on your digestive system than traditional chili recipes.

Is it possible to have a healthy Chili Cook-Off? Well, for the sake of those amazing dads in our lives, we decided to give it a shot. After all, if the way to a man’s heart is still through his stomach, Body Ecology feels a certain responsibility for making what dad eats on his special day, good for his stomach, and his digestive system.

These recipes can be rather filling, so remember to enjoy them with a delicious fermented beverage like coconut kefir or CocoBiotic, and only eat until you are 80% full in order to leave room and energy within for digestion.

Steak Chili – The King of all Chili

Dad can still enjoy his steak on Father’s Day. The key is to combine it with non-starchy vegetables and have it earlier in the day for the best digestion. This chili recipe includes tomatillos, a non-starchy member of the cactus family that combines healthfully with meat, and is easier on digestion than traditional tomato-based versions. Remember, if you eat right for your digestive system you are eating right for your overall health.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb organic grass-fed beef steak  (Dad’s favorite cut)
  • 3 chopped onions
  • 1 bulb chopped garlic
  • 3 chopped red peppers
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cups chopped tomatillos
  • Chili powder to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • Cilantro to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil for sautéing

Process

  1. Marinate your steak with ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar, juice of 1 lime, cumin, 1 chopped onion and 1 garlic clove for an hour or more
  2. Sautee onions, garlic and peppers in large pot with coconut oil
  3. Chop steak and add to pot
  4. Add tomatillos, lime juice, herbs and spices to pot and simmer for 45 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and let cool, uncovered for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the apple cider vinegar and stir

Enjoy!

Zesty Green Veggie Chili

If Dad prefers tangy and spicy, he will love this twist on vegetarian chili. The addition of cultured salsa makes this meal a bit easier to digest, plus adds an extra zip. You can purchase Rejuvenative Foods Brand cultured salsas at your local health food store.

Ingredients

  • 3 chopped red onions
  • 1 bulb chopped garlic
  • 3 chopped red peppers
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 1 bag frozen organic corn or 2 cups fresh corn
  • 1 cup each of chopped green beans, zucchini and peas
  • Chili powder to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Fresh green chili peppers to taste
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1 jar cultured salsa (home made or store-bought)
  • 1-2 cups chopped avocado
  • Coconut oil for sautéing

Process

  1. Sautee onions, garlic, red peppers and green chili peppers in coconut oil until soft
  2. Add green beans, zucchini, corn and sauté
  3. Add lime juice and seasonings and simmer with lid on for 20 minutes
  4. Add peas and simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, uncovered.
  6. Add cultured salsa and chopped avocado to taste to each bowl before serving

Enjoy!


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  • Rachel

    From an article on food combining elsewhere on this site, I thought avocado didn't combine well with starches like corn? The second chili recipe above uses avocado and corn together without any mention of possible problems.

  • http://www.laudineborges.com Laudine Borges

    Since I have a lime tree in my backyard I'm wondering if I can use limes when the BED calls for lemons?

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