Thought I fell off the wagon, did you? We are about half way done with our Whole30 — today marks Day 14. The last post covered up to Day 10, so yeah I’m pretty far behind. Luckily I have kept track with pictures…so I am still prepared to share what’s been going on with ya’ll. I will make this recap short; however, as I have more exciting news — a new recipe!
Day 11 looked like all the other days. I started the morning off with some fried eggs, bacon, and some raw kraut. Black coffee along with it.
I had a workout that morning and a few hours after breakfast I snacked on some hardboiled eggs and some carrot sticks.
Dinner was at work around 7 pm — had leftover chicken thighs with a big salad full of greens, cucumbers, carrots, and strawberries.
Day 12 started with the same breakfast — bacon and eggs, followed by a banana and some black coffee.
I completed a workout of deadlifts, push-presses, and kettlebell swings (of which I am still very sore) because I upped my weight by quite a bit. Yay me, and thank you carbs for helping my muscles grow!
After my workout I had a fried egg with hot sauce and a side of some roasted sweet potatoes that were generously tossed with coconut oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and cinnamon.
Dinner was absolutely lame. Friday (Day 12) was a late one for me because we had what we called a Midnight Madness Sale at work. Yup, you guessed it — I had to be there until midnight…in reality I was there until 1 am. I was running late for work and was never able to get a meal together…so I asked Jason if he would bring me some food. Let’s just say I love this man, and I truly love him not just the idea of him. This meal proves my intentions. Before leaving I asked him, using the ground beef I defrosted, to come up with a stir fry. Simple. Easy. I was thinking a hint of tamari, some veggies… he brought me ground beef and kelp noodles. That’s it. Just the two together in a big bundle. Love him!
Day 13 eggs and bacon, you guessed it. Black coffee. I woke up super early (yes, even after I had been at work until 1 am beforehand) to prepare my new recipe!!
From all the Midnight Madness and whatnot…didn’t have anything together for my lunch so I ended up ordering some Jimmy Johns for delivery. Had an unwich (for those of you that aren’t familiar it means no bread, just a lettuce wrap). The wrap had turkey, bacon, cucumbers, avocado, and some dijon mustard. It was really good, actually…but much too expensive for a big iceburg lettuce leaf.
Dinner was where it was at, my friends. I have had a veal heart in my freezer for a long time, and I have not made it because I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. I have stuffed heart before; I have grilled it before…I wanted to do something different. So, one day it hit me — a freakin’ chili! Perfect. Put it in the slow-cooker and it was awesome!!!
- 1 beef heart (grassfed if you can, of course)
- 2 strips of uncured bacon, diced
- splash of balsamic vinegar
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 sweet potato, cubed
- 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 c. water (broth would be better if you have some on hand)
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
- To start off you will have to clean and prepare your heart. It takes some time and a decent knife, but you must cut off all the hard fat as well as any connective tissue. Cut your heart into cubes and set aside.
- In a large skillet cook diced bacon over medium heat, until browned. Put bacon in your crockpot and reserve the drippings.
- Turn the heat up a bit and sear your beef heart in the bacon fat. A few minutes, until browned all over. You may need to add more bacon fat if your two strips to render enough.
- Meanwhile add your onion, bell pepper, garlic, potatoes, both cans of tomatoes (undrained), water, and all spices to your crockpot. Stir to combine.
- Add just a splash of balsamic vinegar to your hot skillet and scrape up any bits of bacon and beef heart. Add all the beef heart and all the flavor to your crockpot.
- Set cooker on low and let it do its thing for 7-8 hours.
Topped my beef heart chili with some avocado — outstanding!!