Snow Day Cashew Butter Chili

016 (1)This week has been cold and snow filled. For me personally, that also means lots of play and fun. I am a fan of Mark Sissons. When I read Primal Blueprint, I was taken with the idea of plays health benefits. It made complete sense to me. Ever since I have sought to create more space and time for play. Plus there is that “Live in the Moment” side to me. I have dreams and goals for the future, but I am very much focused on what I’m doing today. What I’m experiencing now. Full immersion in life as it’s happening. Especially when it comes to my family, notably my nephews. I am aware that childhood is precious. We don’t get back this innocence. They won’t always want to spend time with their aunt. Super hero nights will seem lame. Gavin’s already started claiming he doesn’t know me. He won’t kiss his parents in public. So I try to take advantage of it now.

I told my mother (my kindred playful spirit) that I wanted to go sledding Monday on our first day of snow. Of course she rejected me (as goes things in my life, I often hear no once or twice before my stubbornness- perseverance- pays off). But then she pops in the coffee shop where I was working on blogs (hence the interruptions are why I haven’t posted lately) and says we’re going, get in the car. Naturally I drop everything, head out the door and into the dark for a sledding adventure. Add another day of sledding. And then yet another day on Saturday, with over three hours of sledding mischief. There is nothing like the feeling of freedom flying down the hill. A little out of control. Laughing uncontrollably. Slightly terrified. Anticipating a crash. Hoping it won’t hurt (too much). And then the BIG smile when you get to the bottom, as you look to your partner and say, “Let’s do it again. Race you!” The uplifting feeling I get being surrounded by my friends, nephew, their friends, mom, sister, cousins, and uncle. A whole crew of crazy people, piling onto sleds. Jovial conversations with other fellow sledders about wipe outs and technique. Connection. Connection with my family. My community. With people in general. Play at its finest, making all the bruises and soreness worth the experience.

011After hours in the cold, soaked layers of clothes, I was ready for some soul-warming soup, a hot drink, and a hot shower. FINALLY I made some chili. I saw a recipe for a peanut butter chili some time ago. I have been determined ever since to adopt it into one with almond or cashew butter. And here it is!

022Snow Day Cashew Butter Chili

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 4 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups broth (I had some fresh broth in the fridge that I added)
  • 1 chilies, finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 head of cabbage, thinly sliced (like ribbons)
  • 1/2 lbs. ground grass-fed beef
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp habanero seasoning

Let’s Make it Happen: Put cashew butter, broth, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, chilies, sriracha, sea salt, and habanero seasoning in a pot on low-medium heat. Saute garlic and onions in a skillet with coconut oil. Add to the pot with the cabbage. Slightly brown ground beef and add it to the mix. Allow it all to cook for a bit (maybe go take that hot bath or shower). Serve with bacon croutons and you are good to go, now that you’re warm and cozy inside. Fun, love and enjoy!

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