I have now completed Day 17 of Whole30. For some reason I have really felt like making chili and stews lately. Yes, I realize it is extremely hot in the middle of the South Carolina summer, but I am ready for fall. Since I am staying away from nightshades right now, I needed to come up with a “Chili” that did not use any chili powder or tomatoes. It was certainly a fun adventure!
My meals for Day 17 were:
Breakfast: Chicken Sausage with “Apples”
Snack: No snack
Lunch: Leftover Pork Tenderloin with Mashed Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic
Snack: Cucumbers and Carrots (dressed with olive oil and vinegar)
Dinner: Pumpkin Chili over Turnip Fries (recipe below)
I used the following ingredients for Whole30 Pumpkin Chili:
2 lb ground beef
2 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 Tbsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
In a medium to large pot over medium-high heat, brown the meat and the veggies until the meat is cooked through and the veggies are almost tender. Drain the excess fat. Add the spices and stir to combine. Add the pumpkin and the chicken stock and stir to combine. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to incorporate.
Served over Roasted Turnip Fries. Preheat oven to 400 F. Peel and cut 2 large turnips into French fry shapes. Place the turnips on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the turnips are tender.
Net Carb Count*:
Whole30 Pumpkin Chili: 30 net carbs (for the entire chili recipe-makes about 4 cups)
Whole30 Roasted Turnip Fries: 17 net carbs (for the entire turnip recipe)
*Note carb counts are estimated based on the products I used. Check nutrition labels for accurate carb counts.
Comments: My finance made it clear that it wasn’t exactly chili, but that it was REALLY good. There is probably a better name, but it was definitely hardy like a chili and it satisfied my cravings.