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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Calabaza Chili for a Long Weekend

Long weekend. My baby boy's stomach issues returned after church last night. We spent a few hours in the E.R., until almost sunrise, but with little benefit. The doctor basically told me that they do not consider IBS issues too important. I guess the way it goes is that he has to have multiple bouts before his condition is considered serious. As a mama, I surely don't want to let it get that far. He had been experimenting with his SCD diet a bit since Thanksgiving and was trying simplifying to just gluten free. I am guessing that was not good enough for his system. As soon as his insurance kicks in at his job, I think we may try to get some allergy testing to know the specifics. These flare up are so painful, and the medical community ignores the  problem as long as they can. I suppose they will be concerned once Ulcerative Colitis sets in. No doctor has ever even suggested dietary treatments. Of course, they don't seem to understand that John's diabetes is treated with diet either.

I sent my boy upstairs because he is not allowed anything but clear fluids today.  I made us a quick skillet chili. It turned out amazingly good for something so simple, so I thought I would share this nice autumn recipe with you. Yes, I served it in a Christmas bowl, and that still seems appropriate. We are trying to get the lights put up today, and baby, it is cold outside. This chili has just enough heat to warm Santa's bones too. The unique recipe has volume due to the unusual ingredients--three kids of squash. Calabaza is the Spanish word for winter squash. This has pumpkin, Delicata and zucchini. Any small diced squash would work and add a nice texture and sweetness to the chili.

Calabaza Chili

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion
1 large zucchini squash
1 Delicata squash 
1 cup pumpkin puree
8 ounce tomato sauce
1 tbsp sun dried tomato strips
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp beef bouillon crystals
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp- 1/4 cup water, optional

Dice onion, squash and zucchini. In a large skillet, break up ground beef. Add the diced vegetables while the meat is browning. Drain fat after vegetables are fork tender beef is browned. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring to incorporate spices. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add a little water if chili become too thick, or if a thinner souplike chili is desired.

Serves 6: 313 calories  10 net g carb 

This has a great thick texture, and does not taste at all like vegetables. I started out planning to make a chili-mac type skillet dinner, but chose to add the pumpkin to make it more like a chili. It was good both ways. I added a little jalapeno pepper salt and some Tabasco sauce to mine; the others did not. It is all gone now, so I have no more room to experiment. I made some Pepper Jack cheese crisps to sub for crackers, and all was good. Wonderful way to recover from a rough weekend. Now onto some prep cooking for the week.

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Ginny said...

Looks good Lisa! Sorry to hear about your son's bout with IBS. My oldest has ulcerative colitis. I know how much pain that can cause. He's doing well now, thankfully. Hope your son will feel better soon and stay that way. I know how miserably frustrating ER can be also!

Jennifer [To PIN/share a Post, Click the 3 dots or the Red SAVE Button] said...

Lisa,, I'm also very sorry to hear about your son's pain. It's very hard for us mothers when our children are in any kind of pain. I pray you will find all the answers soon and that he will soon be well again. I think possibly stress can be a big factor in these things too.

Lisa Marshall said...

Thanks for your prayers, ladies. It is good to have low carb friends like you!

Gluten Free said...

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NeeCee said...

I'm sorry to hear he still is having tummy troubles and doctors are still ignoring them. Prayers for him and you.

Nikki Parry-Wulff in Amsterdam said...

Dear Lisa, I am SO glad I found your site!! I am a lo-carber and am following tweaked Atkins. I have had a nose around and have found a load of recipes that I would like to try. One thing I have noticed though is that you have ingredients you take for granted (different chilly kinds, canned pumpkin, etc) that I simply cannot get hold of here in the Netherlands but I'll sub and do my best ^_^ Sorry to hear about your son. This is going to sound like a sales pitch but read me out: I had IBS (and candida in the tummy)a few years ago (probably due to eating mostly processed flour and sugar foods all my life)but was cured of it by a therapist using bio resonance therapy... don't know if you are able to give it a go but it changed my life as my IBS was very painful and I lost 30 kilos in under a year (not the nice way!) and all m GP was able to tell me was that I would have to get used to it (!!) Great site and please keep up the good work!