So, as some of you know, we have started making snacks and meals for Richard that follow an anti-Candida guideline. What that means is no to a lot of foods and yes to what feels like only a few. Namely, gluten-free, no sugar added, no high sugar fruits (at least for 60 days anyway), virtually no dairy – we only use plain Greek yogurt, lots of veggies are out (potatoes, corn, mushrooms, etc.). At the end of the day, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but as we continue our search for recipes it isn’t so bad. The meals certainly don’t feel ideal, but we hope to follow the guidelines for 90 days and then slowly add back foods and see how we react.
Now, with most diet plans it seems there is always variance. I found a nice list of the “cans and can’ts” from one source and it also tells you what you can add back at 30 days, 60 days and 90 days. While this list is different from some others I have found, I decided to stick with it because the format and information is easier to follow. Fortunately, this list allows certain beans to be used 1-2 times per week or avoided until after 30 days. Today marks Day 22, so either way, we get the beans back soon – but we have used them twice. Kidney beans anyway.
For some reason, following this diet makes me feel like we are “cheating” by using kidney beans before the 30 days, but at the time same time, I will definitely utilize the 1-2 times per week stipulation as an occasional “treat” until we make it to 30 days.
This is where “Cheating with Chili” comes into play. While we still can’t top it with some of our favorite toppings like sour cream and cheese, a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt actually fills the gap of the sour cream quite well! Pair it up with gluten free crackers and it feels like things are back to normal. At least for one meal anyway…
Whether you are following a strict diet or not, this recipe has received rave reviews from many of our customers. Like no joke, “wow this is ACTUALLY really good” was said so many times, I started to wonder what kind of chili people had been eating that made them think chili couldn’t be good! With that said, here’s the recipe. Let me know what you think!