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three meat chili

Hearty Three Meat Chili

I found this chili recipe at How Sweet It Is about a year or so ago – back when I could actually still eat most of the food on her site. She cooks with sugar a lot, so I can’t really ever make her desserts, but her main-meal dishes are really good – and this is one of them! In the first week that I was on this diet, before my body got used to burning fat for energy instead of glucose, I was starving constantly and needed to eat huge amounts of protein to stay full. I made a giant pot of this chili and it was a life-saver! So, this is a great recipe to keep in mind for the start of this diet, or for generally having protein-heavy meals on hand.

It is, by far, the absolute best chili I’ve ever had in my life. You will die of happiness when you eat it. I love it so much that – get this – I DIDN’T CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE RECIPE! I know! It’s shocking! I always change something. But not this time. It’s that good.

There is ground beef. And chuck roast. And pork roast. And chili peppers. And dark ale. Need I say more? 

Now, this reads like a fairly involved recipe. After all, it involves three cuts of meat. But, as with any chili, it’s not really that big of a deal: it’s just throwing a bunch of stuff in a pot, after all. Don’t be intimidated. And if there are things you don’t like, or want to add, go ahead. Don’t like beans? Leave them out. Love beans? Add a can of cannellini beans too. Whatever. Chili’s easy like that.

And the only thing I want to make sure to highlight is that, for the beer, using a dark ale like Guiness is best. She just says to use beer, but the flavor from dark ales really is best in stews and dishes like this! Also, her recipe makes an ENORMOUS pot of chili, so feel free to cut it in half. Or make the whole thing and freeze half for the future!

So, go make this chili and prepare to be impressed! Find it here. 


We ate it recently with some crusty whole wheat sourdough rolls from Trader Joes. (They’re delicious, by the way, if you have a Trader Joes near you!)


roast chicken

Simple and Delicious Roast Chicken

Most people I know have never roasted a chicken. For some reason, just the thought of it intimidates them. If that’s how you feel too, then this post is for you! It really is one of the easiest things you’ll ever make. All it takes is time.

This is one of the best things you can learn to make on this diet. Not only is it ridiculously easy, but having cold chicken on hand throughout the week is often a lifesaver. There have been many times that I’ve waited too long to eat and have let myself get hungry, and that quick, easy protein has saved me. It’s absolutely delicious and tender and satisfying. Since we no longer eat lunch meat, it’s a perfect protein for lunch, and my kids pack it for their school lunches often.  Basically, having cold roasted chicken on hand is just plain convenient, and so it’s a great food to have around.

And, it’s cheap! The organic chickens I get from my regular grocery store are just $1.99/lb! You could never get the equivalent amount of meat for this cheap if you were buying separate boneless parts.

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chicken and dumplings

Chicken and Spelt Dumplings

Since I had this huge pot of Everlasting Chicken Broth – with a big old chicken in it just waiting to be transformed into something – and since I’m still in “comforting anti-sick-feeling food” mode, I decided to make Chicken and Dumplings. This is one of the recipes I make that I grew up eating, so has the additional comforting component of being a childhood favorite – the only thing different is that I use spelt flour now. That, and it’s an easy, quick meal to make – and those are always my favorite kind!

Normally, I start this recipe by putting chicken parts in a pot with some spices and cook them up for about half an hour, but this time I already had cooked chicken and broth waiting for me, so I skipped that part. I’ll give instructions for how I did it this time, but then also for how I normally do it so you have options.

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rib roast

Standing Rib Roast with Vegetables

It’s tempting when starting this diet to feel like you’re never going to eat anything good ever again. But, I’ve learned that’s simply not true. Because this is what I had for Christmas dinner.

Christmas dinner

(Or, rather, Boxing Day dinner, since I like to take it easy on Christmas.)

If you think that looks delicious, you’re right. It totally was.
Thin slices of Angus prime rib roast…
with roasted organic new golden potatoes, sweet onions, carrots, and mushrooms…
and Buttery Maple-Cider Sweet Potatoes…
and whole grain sourdough rolls from Trader Joes…
plus sliced pears and home-canned peaches.
Dessert was Honey-Maple ice cream (basically the Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream without the chocolate and with a vanilla bean.)

Can we say YUM!?!?!

And, you know what else? All this scrumptious, delectable food? ALL of it was legal. The only thing I had to be careful about was dessert – but that’s always true. I kept to just one scoop, and it was so rich and flavorful that even that small amount was perfectly satisfying. 

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creamed chicken

Creamed Chicken over Mashed Potatoes

Well, my husband still is pretty uncomfortable from getting his wisdom teeth out, and still isn’t able to chew too much. And he’s still kind of miserable and in serious need for some comfort food. (You have no idea.) So for dinner I made this.

creamed chicken

It’s something I’ve made for years, especially on cold days. It’s warm and filling and satisfying, and my kids scarf it down. It really is the epitome of comfort food!

The directions for this sound kind of fussy, but it’s really not bad. There’s just a lot of prep in cooking the chicken and chopping veggies, and then a busy 5 minutes while you make the sauce. But it’s really pretty easy. Don’t be intimidated!

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