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Beef and Black Bean Chili with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Living in Arizona, it does not get cool until Halloween.  Until then—it is hot. Too hot!  So I have a little tradition of making some kind of stew or chili to let Fall know we are ready for her.  I came across a recipe for brisket and black bean chili in my Southern Living magazine and adjusted it for my family’s budget and tastes.  So here it is–my Welcome Fall beef and black bean chili with cilantro cream!

The original recipe called for brisket, but it was super expensive–$30-$40 per package!  Instead, I used top round that was much more in line with our budget. To make it gluten free, I replaced the flour in the recipe with arrowroot powder.

I amped up the flavor with more spices than it called for, such as chipotle pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika.  Instead of regular tomatoes, I used these Rotel chipotle tomatoes for a smoky flavor.

 

Chipotle tomatoes

I made this in my Instant pot pressure cooker on the...

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Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Chicken

I have experimented with several shredded chicken recipes in my slow cooker and this by far is the easiest.  This slow cooker green chile shredded chicken is a favorite of both my husband and kids.  It is so versatile, you can eat it in a burrito bowl, burrito, tacos, on a salad or just plain with a scoop of guacamole!  There are just 6 ingredients and the prep time literally takes 10 minutes, tops.

MCCORMICK MARINADE PACKETS FOR THE WIN!

I used bone in half chicken breasts.  I have found that this cut of chicken is by far the most inexpensive and because it’s bone in and skin on, turns out really tender and moist in the slow cooker.  The key to super flavorful and tender chicken is marinating it the night before. I love these McCormick marinade packets—we always have them on hand.  They are a must for grilling!

Marinade packet for slow cooker green chile shredded chicken recipe

I mix the marinade directly in an extra large Ziploc bag.  I throw the marinade packet, the juice of two limes and about...

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Skinny Crock Pot Pulled Pork

I remember when I first decided I was going to meet my health and fitness goals no matter what.  I discovered nutrition was the key, but meal prepping was sooo overwhelming!

However, I couldn’t stay on track with what I was trying to accomplish without it. Creating recipes like this Skinny Crock Pot Pulled Pork was my saving grace. This easy crock pot recipe used pork tenderloin instead of the traditional pork butt, saving you 18 grams of fat and several hundred calories.  By making your own sauce, you skip high sugar bottled sauces with preservatives.

The original recipe used McCormick’s Tennessee low and slow rub to pre season the meat, but I picked up Ryan Alarie’s Smoky Barbeque seasoning at the Farmer’s Market over the weekend and decided to give it a try.  It worked great for marinating the tenderloin.  If you would like to try it too, type in the code HILARY10 at checkout and receive 10% off!

RA Seasonings are...

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Instant Pot Coconut Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Brown rice, coconut milk, lime and Cilantro Jalapeno Lime RA seasoning blend combine to make a quick, family friendly side dish in the Instant pot!  This will pair well with Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Chicken and Crockpot Pork Carnitas.  Reminiscent of Chipolte Lime Rice, this dish will be a instant favorite in your meal prep menu.

You could also make this with white rice, but I prefer short grain brown rice for the added fiber and nutrients.  I use Cilantro Jalapeno Lime RA seasoning blend to make the prep time easier and the dish more flavorful.  If you do not have this spice blend, I would add a couple cloves of minced garlic, lime zest and a minced jalapeno instead.  If you would like to try the Cilantro Jalapeno Lime RA seasoning blend, you can receive 10% off at checkout with the code Hilary10.  All multi-pack orders receive free shipping!  

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