Cincinnati Chili Mac

Kyle joined me not only for breakfast but for dinner last night.  I just wanted to get rid of the taste like ass granola so I didn’t have to see it again.  I have a new batch in the oven right now, so fingers crossed that one turns out.  No more fruit purees in granola!

But I kinda just broke up the pieces kind of big – this one was so big, Kyle had to set it on the table and eat it from the top!

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I found this melon at Sam’s Club – all I know is I picked it up because it was only $3!

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When I cut into it, it looked more like a honeydew melon, but firmer.  I mixed it with 1/2 a cup of blueberries and had more of my Green Monster casserole on the side.

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I don’t know about you, but I always save my fruit until the end for dessert.  So once I finished my eggs, I took a bite of the lemondrop melon and holy cow was it sour.  But like in a sour apple taste and once I got over the initial shock, I loved it.  It was like eating sour candy, but in fruit form. Open-mouthed smile  I have no idea if its supposed to taste like that, if it was under ripe or overripe.  All I know is I ate every last piece.

It was chilly again – 68 degrees, so Pinterest helped me figure out my workout.  I started out running for 10 minutes (well, more like jogging!) to warm up.

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Then I found this 1000 rep workout – holy shizz this was a workout!  There were so many exercises you can’t even see them all!   20 workouts of 50 reps each.  Um, no way I was using 65 pound, 55 pound or even 25 pound weights.  I stuck with 10 pounds for the exercises that called for weights.

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I was able to do 50 sets of all reps at once except for the pushups – I rested 5 seconds between each set of 10 – I was doing them on my toes people!   And that wall sit was no joke.  I thought  – 50 seconds – no problem!  Um, no – after 25 seconds my legs were shaking – so I did a 10 second rest before finishing up that one.  All in all, those 1000 reps took:

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I ended up doing a 2 1/2 minute cool down on the treadmill to make it an even 45 minute workout.

While I was working out, my sister texted me some of her lunch – she went to eat with our Momma (hi Mom!) – she wrote “potstickers!”  and I sent her a picture of me at the gym that said “getting fit!” Open-mouthed smile

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Karli, I am loving those shirts you sent me – they “hold” everything in when I work out. Open-mouthed smile

Before work yesterday I made a simple stir fry – 1 cup bean sprouts, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup broccoli, 1 small zucchini, 8 shrimp (leftover that were in the freezer) and I used 1.5 tablespoons sesame teriyaki sauce and a generous pour of sriracha.  When it was time to heat it up for lunch though, somehow I had all this liquid – I didn’t add any broth at all!  So after I ate the bigger pieces of veggies, it ended up being like a spicy tom yum soup – delish!

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Later in the afternoon I was really hungry for some reason, so I had one of the Nature Valley protein bars – these are like candy bars to me – but have 7 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein.

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I know it’s only August, but once the temps start to drop, my mind already goes to comfort fall food – beef stew, chicken pot pie and Cincinnati chili.  Tony loves it because there are no beans.  I love it because it has a vinegary kick to it.  I did alter the original recipe a bit – I reduced the chicken broth to one cup and reduced the amount of chili powder to 1 tablespoon.  I also used ground sirloin. Here is the revised version:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cups low-sodium (I used regular) chicken broth
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1.5 pounds ground sirloin

Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Cook onions (if using) until soft and browned about 8 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, oregano, cinnamon, salt and pepper and cook  until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Stir in chicken broth, tomato sauce, vinegar and sugar (if using).

  1. Add beef and stir to break up meat.  Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chili is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.

Now this is not a thick chili, so don’t worry.    This recipe made 7 cups of chili and each cup comes in at 351 calories, 18 fat, 8.2 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 19 grams of protein.

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I had my chili mac 3 ways:  with 1/2 cup Dreamfileld’s pasta, 1/4 cup of chili beans and cheddar cheese.  Tony loves his with just oyster crackers and shredded Parmesan cheese.

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Here’s a tip from me to you though.   Don’t have chili mac prior to doing an Insanity workout.  I hot boxed myself with continual farts throughout the whole workout.  At the time they were silent but deadly!  In the kitchen later on though, I let one go and it was so loud Tony could hear it from the living room!  I am klassy like that. Open-mouthed smile  I think Tony doesn’t think girls should fart!

I did the 40 minute Plyo Cardio Circuit.  I did it 110% and was sweaty in the end:

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1573 calories, 57 fat, 151 carbs, 25 fiber and 93 protein
  • 38% calories from carbs, 33% from fat and 29% from protein
  • 45 minute run/1000 reps at lunch
  • 40 minute Insanity plyo

I’ve decided that even though its only 56 degrees right now, no matter what the temperature is today, I am swimming outside – only a couple weeks before the outdoor pool closes for the season!

Don’t forget to send me any “ask Tony anything” questions by the end of today – I’ll post his answers tomorrow.

Make it a great day! Open-mouthed smile


47 thoughts on “Cincinnati Chili Mac

  1. I’ve never tried Cincinnati chili. Is this similar to Coney sauce? Lmao at you killing youraelf with your own farts! you should aim thrm at the tv to take doen the Insanity trainers! Kyle is hardcore munching with the granola! My neighbor keeps those suet cakes out for the birds and I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the squirrels shimmy up the feeder and steal them!
    I was wondering about that melon! I was so tempted to buy one at Aldi the other day, but decided on a seedless watermelon instead. Only 2.99…I love Aldi! Have a great swim today! I’m going to miss being able to go!

  2. It was 47 here when we got up! I have all the doors and windows open for fresh air and I am drinking my tea in front of the slider! That work looks fun – I might do it today!

    • Just search on Pinterest “1000 reps” to get all of the exercises – I think you’d like it Errign!

      And that sounds like the perfect morning!

  3. I’ve never heard of a lemon drop melon. The weather here yesterday (mid 70s) really was like a pre fall day which definitely calls for chili!

  4. I’m so happy that I read this early in the morning – you are cracking me up with your silent farts during Insanity. And, Tony thinks girls don’t fart? Silly!!

  5. OMG I am laughing so hard!

  6. You need a warning when you post this stuff, so I can pee first! So that’s my question for Tony; why aren’t girls suppose to fart!!???
    Gotta go do damage control now, have a fantastic fartless day!

  7. Looks good! And, lucky Kyle. I don’t know about that melon but the cantaloupes we’ve been getting at our local farmers’ market have been sinfully delicious!


    • I only went to our Farmers Market once – sadly nothing looked that much better than what I can buy at the grocery store, but then again, ours is pretty small.

  8. Loving Kyle! Yay, he got his granola. You are a good Squirrel Momma. ha!

    The text from you and your sis is cute. I am really wanting to get Wallene and I nicer phones and I can just imagine what our texts would disintegrate into. She IS my daughter after all. hee

    I don’t have anything to ask Tony. Well, anything I wouldn’t ask without posting it under *anonymous*. But if I do think of anything family friendly ::wink:: I’ll be back.

    This waiting on the house is driving me insane. I need something to keep me occupied.

    Hugs to you my friend.

    • I am still sending good thoughts your way about the house!! So excited for you – I love that there are stairs in the house and you don’t have to step up a single one unless you want to!

  9. SWIMMING? Nooo too cold :). Haha- I love love love that you make no bean chili and I make all bean chili (meant to respond to your comment- sorry!). That shirt is too cute and you are seriously looking awesome! Keep up the great work. I want your lunch stir fry. Have a great Thursday biz

  10. It’s gotten “chilly” around Philadelphia lately too and I’m with you – I can’t wait for the mac and cheese recipes, soups and chili! My ask Tony question – tell us something about Biz that we don’t already know. 🙂

  11. This sounds like a delicious bowl of chili, It’s been quite some time since I’ve had a bowl of chili mac. It’s such a treat. It is a little to warm, though, for me to consider putting up a pot of chili. This Fall, though, is a different matter completely …

  12. In addtion to losing weight and toning I think you are getting yourger too! You just seem to glow and look so vibrant and youthful. I would LOVE some of your cooler weather. It has been over a hundred here the last few weeks. Keep up the great work.

    • Well, I’ll take that compliment about getting younger! Although 45, I still get carded when I wear a baseball cap to pick up wine every once in a while 😀

  13. Your onion is my broccoli. That dish does not look good… 😉

    But I’m craving chili now!

  14. I have two questions, one for you and one for Tony!

    First for you: how goes the not partaking of alcohol? (Because there’s no DietBet for you to update me right now lol!)

    Tony: How do you feel about Biz giving up her wine? I’m asking because I assume have not given up your cocktails!

  15. I positively LOVE that last picture. You look so happy and satisfied with things. Great photo. 🙂

    • Thanks for the email tip about Costco – turns out its the same price as all the rest of the pharmacies, but I didn’t know you could use the pharmacy without a membership – good to know!

  16. Love the response to the potstickers text! Sometimes you just have to deal with the repercussions of a good bowl of chili 🙂

  17. I feel about beans the way you do about onions!

    • What?? No beans for you? I am going to try your blueberry orange bread tonight for Tony to have for breakfast/snacks. I couldn’t believe how many recipes I found for blueberry bread that had up to 3 sticks of butter AND 2 cups of sugar! I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  18. mmmmm lemondrop mellon, I will have to look for that the next time I am at Sam’s club.You crack me up with your “farts” during insanity workout. Chuckling even now…that would be me and beans don’t click too well, but I still like them (hahahaha). You are really doing great with your workouts…..proud of you!!

    I am not doing so great in the “losing weight” area but since I have been on this new diabetes medication, my numbers have been much better, like this morning was 116 fasting, before taking meds my BS was 140-170 fasting….guess I am doing better.

  19. Chili……!!!! I can’t WAIT for fall. I love chilis, soups, stews….etc.Yours, as always, looks delicious!

    Your salsa is quickly running out over here………everyone is a BIG FAN.

    • I am so glad you like the salsa Courtney! I always worry that I hype it too much and hope I didn’t make it too spicy so L can have some too. 😀

  20. Girls don’t fart, we relieve tension. Just sayin’…

    It was just 68 here today; I actually stepped out of my office and said BRR! I am browning meat for chili right now. Our favorite recipe is 3 meats, no beans, lots of spicy stuff!

    Blog update coming this weekend; promise!

  21. Kyle is eating pretty good these days! Chili sounds so good I can eat it all year long!

  22. Even after being together 15 years, Dennis still doesn’t like it when I fart. When it comes to farts, I’m the dude and he’s the girl. He is always embarrassed if he ever has an audible fart – lol! I’m like, dude, we have both seen each other take craps. What’s the big deal with farts? Ha! Oh and your second Chili Mac photo is stellar – so pro! Kyle is starting to get a little belly – she’ll definitely be ready for winter thanks to you!

  23. You are a workout machine these days!

    I always save my fruits for last if I eat it at a meal but I usually eat fruits as a snack.

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