You sure do like the snow a lot for someone that hates the cold.
That's me. I'm a total whiner when it comes to being cold, but when I hear a big snow storm is on the way, I audibly cheer. If I hear it's already snowing, I run to the window to see for myself. There's something magical about the snow that makes me feel like I'm 5 years old again -- like the world is one giant mystery and I'm just a little explorer, trying to figure it out. Trucking through the snow, with the right mindset, is one of my favorite parts of winter.
But- back to that whining part. I'm a super wimp about being cold. Like, take my down coat with me on a hike in July kind of wimp. (And I only wish I meant my thin down coat). If I owned one of those giant down onesie suits they take to the Artic, I'd probably bring that with me too.
Being a snow-loving, cold-hating outdoorsy person, here's what I've learned:
1. Warm mittens are a must. Notice I said mittens. They're way warmer than gloves.
2. Bring that coat. You wont regret it. Sure, it's possible you won't use it, but if there's a chance you'll use it, bring it. While we're talking about coats and mittens let's just jump to it and say, bring all of the clothes. Hats. Long underwear. Ear muffs. The whole lot.
3. Bring snacks you love. Ok, you need lots of energy to stay warm and snacks, good snacks, give you energy and something to distract you from the cold. Why do you think people like hot chocolate so much?! My favorite winter outdoor outing snacks: paleo fudge, nuts, cheese, hot cocoa, "sugar plums," Epic bars, snowball cookies, and fruit.
4. Make sure there's warm food waiting for you at home, or a cozy restaurant worth stopping at when your adventure is over. Soup is a great idea. Lots of soup, with plenty of spices to heat you up.
Aren't you feeling warmer just looking at this big bowl of coziness?
With this recipe, you have a lot of options. Make it more or less spicy to your preferences. Try shredded chicken instead of beef. Go ahead, play with your food!
Serves: 4 | Total Time:
- 1 pound beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 jalapeño, minced (reserve the other half for garnish)
- 2 bell peppers, diced
- 1/2 cup diced zucchini (Optional: you may also add 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels for a non-paleo, but delicious, option)
- 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 to 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, depending on spice preferences
- 2 4.5-ounce cans hot green chiles
- 1 teaspoon chile powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon each of salt & pepper
- 4 cups broth
- To serve: jalapeño slices, cilantro, avocado, cheese of choice (primal option), plantain chips
- In a large skillet, or the bottom of your slow cooker, sauté the diced onion, and minced garlic. Add the beef, breaking it up into grounds, and cook until browned. Once cooked, place in your slow cooker (if it is not already there).
- Now, add the bell peppers, zucchini, jalapeño, canned tomatoes, chipotle peppers, green chilies, spices and salt to the pot. Finally, add the broth.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
- To serve: ladle hot soup into bowls. Top with cilantro, jalapeño slices, cheese, and a few plantain chips.