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Today has been a fantastic day so far, and I don’t see that changing as long as a I have a big ‘ol pot of this stuff around.
It’s a nice chilly, rainy day here in Oklahoma, perfect for something hearty to fill up my dutch oven with.

While I was trying to figure out what to do, I did some yoga (P90X one on one; fountain of youth) to relax and stretch, lord knows I needed it because I felt like a new man when I was done, and I knew I was gonna have fun cooking this up.

So here we go!

Ingredients:

2 pound chuck roast, cut to bite size pieces. (about 1 inch)
1 pound beef bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces. (Or nitrate free pork bacon)
1 pat butter
2 medium onions, roughly chopped.
10 small sweet peppers, roughly chopped
7 cloves of Garlic, roughly chopped.
1 6oz can of tomato paste.
1 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes.
2 cups beef stock.
2 cups water.
1/2 – whole 80%+ dark chocolate bar. (depends on your taste, I used half)
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper.
1 tablespoon Chipotle powder.
1 tablespoon Smoked paprika.
2 teaspoons ground turmeric.
2 teaspoons ground cumin.
1 tablespoon dried oregano.
1 Juice of Lemon.
1-2 tablespoons flax meal (Optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Place butter in dutch oven over medium heat and melt.
Once melted place bacon in pot and cook to render out fat, about 10 minutes
Remove bacon while leaving fat and place to the side, pour fat into cup leaving about a tablespoon of it in the pot, increase heat to medium-high, then throw in meat to brown in two batches, browning about 5 minutes per batch, remove and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and Toss in onion, peppers, and garlic adding more bacon fat if needed and brown for about 7-10 minutes. return bacon and roast to the put, stir together, add tomato paste and diced tomatoes, stir together and cook for 5 minutes.
Pour in stock and water, add all seasonings, and bring to a boil, then add the chocolate (Best to break up the chocolate first) and stir in, reducing heat to low, partially cover and simmer for two hours.
**Optional
If you like a thicker chilli like me, stir in the flax meal to thicken and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.**
Add juice of lemon and serve.

Top with whatever you like, I enjoy some chopped green onion, mexican crema and a little shredded cheese.


I would love to hear what all of you think!
Enjoy!
-Trevor

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So I missed posting yesterday, by the time I got home for the night and worked out it was 10 and I was wiped.
I did get to do a little clothes shopping yesterday, it always feels good buying new clothes because you don’t have any that fit you any more. Well, as long as they don’t fit you because they are to big, haha. =D

Anyway, today I had a long day at school, but I take solace in the fact I only have two weeks left!
I’m looking forward to getting done sooooo much.

I did do a workout yesterday even though it should be a rest day.
I know I will be resting monday so I figured I would switch the day’s up.
The workout would of been Asylum’s back to core, but I wasn’t feeling that, so I made my own and it was a blast.Descending pyramid 5-1 pull-up, chin-ups, cardio dumbbell lvl1 20lbs, and 10-5 diamond jumps followed by 15,10,5 kettle bell swing and 5-3-2 push-up jack burpee’s.
Try it, it’s tougher then it sounds.

Today would of been asylums speed and agility, but again I wasn’t feeling it.
I did P90x Ab ripperX followed by Insanity’s fast and furious, now that felt good.
Something I have learned over the last few months if listen to your body, do what you are feeling, and don’t feel guilty about it.
If you are following a program and you don’t feel the workout that day but you are digging a run, or maybe a swim, go for what you are feeling, your body will thank you.
Also, if you are feeling totally run down and drug out, REST. You body needs it, and it will thank you for it the next day when you can go all out again.

Anyway, dinner tonight was INCREDIBLE!
I made a arugula salad with a homemade spicy ranch, beet casserole, and an organic, grass fed, dry aged rib eye steak (Local from holder brother beef) drizzled with a garlic white wine sauce. I’m so full now, but it was worth it. Oh so worth it.
It’s super easy to make, so if you want me to post the recipe for any of it, leave me a comment. ;]
Here’s a picture for all you foodoaphile’s, don’t get to close to your computer, you wouldn’t want to short anything out from the drool coming out of your mouth;]

Feel free to leave any comments guys, I would love to hear what you have to say.
Keep digging deep,
-Trevor.