Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sweet Potato Chili

Primal AviaryThis thick and hearty chili is slightly smoky and sweet, with a spice level that can be tailored to your taste. Borrowing a genius trick from our sweet potato pasta sauce recipe, thin strips of sweet potato are peeled into the chili. This is an easy way to add sweet potato to all sorts of dishes, as thin strips of sweet potato cook quickly and easily blend in with other ingredients.

With a simple list of ingredients and short simmering time, this chili is meant to be a convenient weeknight dinner. But do yourself a favor by cooking this recipe on the weekend, with plans to eat the chili for dinner later in the week. Chili is a meal that’s meant to be eaten as leftovers. It usually tastes better the second or third day, thickening up and becoming more flavorful.

If you’re feeding this chili to little kids or heat-averse adults, use bell peppers and omit the jalapeno. To crank up the spice level, use poblanos and 1 or more jalapeños (plus a jar of hot sauce on the table).

Servings: 6 to 8

Time in the Kitchen: 35 minutes, plus 30 minutes to simmer

Ingredients

Primal

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil, red palm oil or other type of fat (30 ml)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 poblano peppers or bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, deveined and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder (45 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (ideally, use Mexican oregano) (15 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin (10 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (5 ml)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds ground beef (900 g)
  • 1 pound ground pork (450 g)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (10 ml)
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (794 grams)
  • 1 cup bone broth (240 ml)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

Primal

In a large, wide pot over medium heat add 2 tablespoons oil. Add onion, celery, poblano or bell pepper and jalapeno pepper. Saute until onion is soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, and garlic and sauté 1 minute more.

Add the ground beef and ground pork. Cook until meat is lightly browned, breaking the meat up into small pieces as it cooks. Season with salt.

Peel the sweet potato and discard the skin. Then, continue using the vegetable peeler to peel the entire potato into thin strips.

Add sweet potato, tomatoes, bone broth, cinnamon stick and bay leaf to the pot. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes then remove the lid and simmer 10 minutes more. Stir occasionally.

Primal Aviary

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3 High-Intensity, Bodyweight Workouts for 2018

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Good morning and happy weekend!

With the start of a new week right around the corner, I wanted to share some high-intensity, bodyweight workouts with you. Monday is always my favorite day to GET MOTIVATED for the week ahead, especially with regard to my fitness. And with it being the New Year and all, many of us are probably feeling pretty inspired to get fit. Perhaps it’s Week 3 of your New Year’s resolution and you need some new workouts to keep you going and help you stick to your goals for 2018. Whatever your reason for wanting (or needing!) some #motivation, here are 3 workouts that don’t require any equipment, which means you can do them just about anywhere. I hope they’re just what you need to keep rocking your goals this year!

WORKOUT DETAILS

Follow the links below for a video tutorial of each exercise. If you have questions about any of the exercises, please let me know. I’m more than happy to suggest a modification if needed.

OUTFIT DETAILS

*** Right now, take advantage of Nike’s “Last Chance Sale” and save up to 50% off last season’s styles. It ends on 1/16, so be sure to hop on it for the best size and color selection! ***

Nike Breathe Cropped Women’s Training Tank – How fun is the cropped tank? I wasn’t sure if I was a crop-top gal… I mean, they always look cute on other people, but I wasn’t sure if one would work for me until trying this one. It’s not your “usual” crop-top because it covers most of your belly, but, at the same time, it opens on the sides, so it’s airy and totally breathable for those super sweaty workouts. I wore it for a workout with Mal the other day, and I’m hooked. It’s such a fun addition to my workout gear!

Nike Sculpt Lux Women’s Training Tights I’m still loving these tights! You might remember from my last Nike post that they come in short sizes! Just about all of my leggings are capris because the full length ones are always too long for me. I love that these ones come in different lengths (including tall). The Nike Sculpt Lux Women’s Training Tights feature sweat-wicking, compression fabric to help you feel dry, comfortable, and supported. I’m a BIG fan and wear these babies a ton! The Nike Power Hyper Women’s Training Tights also come in short sizes. Don’t you think all brands should make short sizes?!

Nike Dri-FIT Knit Women’s Tank – I’m loving this flow-y top! The ladies at my gym often sport this sports bra + tank top look with the loose fit and wide armholes for workouts, so I’m glad I finally got a hop on the trend. This tank is super smooth and breathable, which keeps me cool and allows me to move freely during my workouts.

Nike Metcon 3 Women’s Training Shoe – I’m still loving my Metcons and wear them to every CrossFit workout. They’re similar to the Reebok Grace, but the soles are a bit more firm, so they offer a little more stability for weight lifting. The soles are flexible enough for running workouts though, so they’re the best of both worlds. Guy CrossFitter in your life? Check out the Nike Metcon 3 Men’s Training Shoe. Mal has worn them for years and loves them! He’s already talking about upgrading to the recently released Metcon 4!

Nike Dri-FIT Knit Women’s Tank – I’m obsessed with this tank and want it in every color! Seriously, it’s one of the comfiest and most flattering tank tops that I own. It has a slim fit, but it’s not skin-tight either. It just follows your body’s shape, so you can still move freely. The fabric is smooth and seamless, so it keeps you cool and doesn’t bunch or hike up as you work out. I also love the strappy design at the shoulders. I really love this one!

Question of the Day

What’s your workout schedule look like this week?

Here’s mine:

  • Monday: CrossFit
  • Tuesday: CrossFit
  • Wednesday: Hotel workout <— I’m off to Austin!
  • Thursday: Hotel workout
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: CrossFit

 

 

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