Paleo Cacao No Bean Chili
Our diet is mostly plant-based. For over a year, we ate entirely vegan in our home, which worked great for us! Our toddler, however, refuses to eat any of the plant-based protein sources and so we’ve since added organic (and grass-fed when possible) meat and eggs back into our diet about once or twice a week.
Because we eat mostly plant-based, that does still mean A LOT of grains and a lot of legumes. We have lentils, beans, and brown rice in some variation several times a week. It’s delicious. But sometimes hard on our digestive track, especially when I don’t remember to soak them prior to cooking.
SO. I love that this is a great option for us when we are wanting to kick it grain and legume-free. In the absence of the usual beans in a chili, this recipe is bulked up by sweet potatoes, ground turkey, and a bunch of veggies.
Side note: I used to laugh at the parents who had to hide veggies in their kids’ food because I had a baby who would eat whatever veggies we gave to him. Now I have a toddler. And he’ll sometimes eat baby carrots or cucumbers, but that’s about it. So I hide veggies in his food whenever I can: in his smoothies, in soup, etc. This chili is packed with veggies: onions, sweet potatoes, riced cauliflower, zucchini, AND green bell pepper (which I forgot to photograph). And you don’t even notice most of them. It’s awesome.
To make life easier, despite the extra plastic packaging which I know I should try to avoid, I almost always buy pre-riced cauliflower (shown in the picture above).
I also thought I would try it out with a couple of tablespoons of raw cacao powder. It’s one of the most nutrient-dense super foods in the world, packed with antioxidants (40 times the amount of blueberries), magnesium, iron, calcium, and more. Since people often add cocoa powder or some other chocolate into chili, I did the same and it was great. I just order my cacao powder off of Amazon and add it to my smoothies, baking, homemade chocolate, and now, apparently, my chili!
So, give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! It’s quickly becoming one of our family favorites.