Saturday, November 19, 2016

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White Chicken Chili

PrimalWhite chili is called white chili for three reasons. One, it’s made with chicken, not beef. Two, it’s made with white beans. Three, it’s sometimes thickened with milk and flour, or cream.

Does white chili have a place at the Primal table? Absolutely. It’s easy to dispense with the milk and flour, since thickening the chili isn’t crucial to its flavor. What about the beans?  You can keep them in the chili if you like (although perhaps in smaller amounts than most recipes call for). Or, substitute cubes of celery root to provide a creamy but slightly firm texture that’s similar to beans. Like beans, celery root also has a neutral, but earthy flavor.

Then, heap on the shredded chicken, poblano peppers, cilantro, green onions and everything else that makes white chili so delicious. Without beans or dairy, this white chili is a lighter meal than regular white chili, but no less satisfying.

Servings: 4 to 6

Time in the Kitchen: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Primal

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs (450 g) (or 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (15 g)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (15 ml)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin (10 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander (10 ml)
  • 3 to 5 cups chicken stock, depending on how much broth you want (770 ml to 1.2 L)
  • 1 celery root, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 poblano peppers, chopped
  • Garnishes: chopped cilantro, green onions, jalapenos, squeeze of lime

Instructions

Primal

If starting with raw chicken thighs, then bring a medium pot filled with water to a gentle boil. Add the chicken thighs and simmer 20 minutes. Remove chicken from water and shred with a knife. Season with salt and set aside.

In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, warm the butter and oil. Add the onion and garlic. Saute until the onions are soft and lightly browned. Add the cumin and coriander and sauté a few minutes more, careful not to burn the garlic.

Add 3 cups chicken stock. Add celery root. Simmer 20 minutes, or until celery root is soft and easily pierced with a fork.

Add poblano peppers and cooked chicken. Simmer 10 minutes more.
If you want more broth in the chili, add the remaining chicken stock and simmer until warm. Season the chili with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped cilantro and green onions or chopped jalapenos, and a squeeze of lime.

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Holiday Recipes for Even the Pickiest Lil’ Eaters

You are amped up for holiday meals, but your little ones might not be so thrilled. The fun and excitement of the holidays doesn’t always transfer to the dinner table, unless it’s covered in chocolate. Here are some kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing recipes to include in those sometimes controversial holiday menus.

 

Appetizers
Instead of fried junk, opt for sippable soups and veggiecentric snacks. Add a little kick of spice for the grownups and dial down the heat in a smaller batch for little ones. Even picky eaters tend to love briny olives and other finger foods.

Recipes to try:

Simple Chicken Soup

Citrus Marinated Olives

Parsnip Chips

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

 

Mains
Lightened-up comfort foods like baked pastas and oven-fried chicken are always winners for a house filled with family and friends. Remember to also incorporate lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables into the holiday meal.

Recipes to try:

Pork with Squash and Apples (pictured above)

Light Baked Spaghetti

Oven-Fried Chicken

 

Sides
Naturally sweet vegetables like carrots and holiday staples like sweet potatoes make for popular side dishes. Don’t forget something green; little fingers love to munch on green beans (it’s OK to let kids eat with their hands sometimes).

Recipes to try:

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Roasted Carrots

Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

 

Desserts
Treats usually aren’t a hard sell, but with the massive amounts of sugar during the holiday season, it’s a good idea to incorporate some fruit-heavy and portion-controlled offerings.

Recipes to try:

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse

Apple Phyllo Turnovers

Chocolate Macaroons

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.



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