Thursday, January 19, 2012

What To Eat

One of the hardest parts about going grain-free is menu planning. I'm such a creature of habit that it's hard for me to think outside of my standard menu go-to's: hamburgers, tacos, and pizza.

Pizza is particularly hard as we've had a tradition in our house of having pizza every Saturday night.  Ever since I learned how to make a good pizza dough, we've had pizza and a show on Saturdays. We had pizza with Star Trek- The Next Generation. We had pizza with The New Adventures of Lois and Clark. And now we have pizza with whatever we've Tivo'd (that's a verb, right?) You can see that pizza is firmly entrenched in our family culture.

So after our initial foray into grain-free eating, we approached the coming weekend with dismay. No pizza? How's that supposed to work? What do other people eat on Saturday? And what do they eat on Sundays after church with football? You have to have cold pizza for lunch! I think that's like the 11th commandment or something.

It was my grown daughter who came to our rescue. She offered up her recipe that gives full pizza pleasure without grains - pizza in chili. It's an interesting concept - take a bowl of chili and stuff all of your favorite pizza toppings into it, smother it with cheese, and enjoy it with abandon (or with a bottle of wine). It was a hit! You can easily make it to suit your tastes and preferences by changing up the toppings. And really, you don't have to wait until Saturday to have it; that's just us.

Pizza Chili

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced

1 lb. ground turkey, chicken, or beef
1 lb. spicy Italian sausage, sliced (optional)

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup marinara sauce
1 28 oz diced tomatoes
1 16 ox can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Favorite pizza toppings (olives, mushrooms, pineapple, ham, pepperoni, etc.)
sea salt, basil, oregano, thyme (to taste)
Grated mozzarella cheese

1- In a large pot, cook the bell peppers, onions, and garlic in the olive oil until they begin to sweat. Add the ground meat  (and optional sausage, if using) and cook until browned.

2- Stir in the tomato sauce, marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, pizza toppings, and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes or until chili reaches desired thickness. If it is too thick, add water.

3- Reduce heat and serve in bowls, topped with mozzarella cheese (optional but strongly suggested!).


kickpleat said...

I love the sound of this chili - very pizza-like which is a good thing. And perfect for this chilly weather too!

hobby baker Kelly said...

Mmmmm, sounds good. We tried the low carb egg and cheese pizza crust and it tasted good, but then it gave us tummy aches. :S Maybe too much protein all at once. I might try the cauliflower crust sometime in the future, or just stick to pizza-esque tasty stuff like your chili!

Melinda said...

So. No pizza in October then.
This does sound good but, darn it, I wanted 'Lynn Craig's Saturday Family Pizza'.
Oh well, I guess it will have to be a Alfalfa Sprout, Tofu, and Coconut Pizza!
(*a heavy sigh*)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Kickpleat - Y'all getting snow, too? Pull up a bowl of chili and enjoy!

Hobby Baker - Cauliflower crust is next on my list of weird things to try.

Melinda - Never fear, dear. We are ON for pizza and ice cream! Cookies, too. Whatever your heart desires. I am your kitchen genie. Within the limitations of my abilities, of course.

grace said...

dean cain made a great superman. :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Weird ... I actually think cauliflower pizza sounds pretty good. Certainly like this chili.

Melinda said...


Elle said...

This is like the best part of pizza plus beans...sounds great!