Chili Mac

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THREE SPICES is all you need to make this! I am often asked what makes CK Recipes different from other healthy recipes?

My answer…”we keep our pantry simple.” By that I mean we use a lot of the same spices in all of our recipes, but each yields different tastes. So once you buy a handful of pantry staples, you literally have the ingredients on hand to whip up anything with just a quick trip to the store to buy some fresh meat or produce. Which makes for quick store trips, less brain work and you end up looking like super mom. And as a working mom, I know we all need as many “brain breaks” as we can get.

Real food, really easy, for real mommas.

Some nights you need to please the fam and they want real deal pasta and cheese. But do not let that derail you. Here is recipe you can cook super fast and please EVERYONE. Even those who are not a fan of the spaghetti squash substitute.

I made spaghetti squash for me and elbow macaroni for my son and husband. We both used the Chili Mac meat mix . Because I was only making one version tonight I kept the meat sauce separate until serving. You could totally add more veggies to this mix and create Chili-Veggie-Mac!

Check out all the details on our upcoming Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!

Momma’s Version

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.25 lb ground sirloin or ground turkey*
  • 1/2 bag (5 oz) frozen season blend (peppers, onion, celery)
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1/2 tbs cumin powder
  • 1/2- 1 tsp kosher salt to taste * when using turkey meat, instead of salt use 1 tsp+ of Better Than Beef Bollioun.
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • About 3 cups of cooked spaghetti squash
  • 2% cheddar to sprinkle

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook meat and veggies in sauté pan until brown, drain fat juices.
  2. Add spices and tomato sauce to pan. Stir and simmer a few minutes.
  3. Mix Chili Mac meat with your serving of spaghetti squash. I do about 1 1/2 cup of squash mixed with about 1 cup of chili Mac meat. Use the rest with some elbow pasta for other family members.
  4. sprinkle with cheddar!

Kiddo’s Version

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.25 lb ground sirloin or ground turkey*
  • 1/2 bag (5 oz) frozen season blend (peppers, onion, celery)
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1/2 tbs cumin powder
  • 1/2- 1 tsp kosher salt to taste * when using turkey meat, instead of salt use 1 tsp+ of Better Than Beef Bollioun.
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook meat and veggies in sauté pan until brown, drain fat.
  2. Boil noodles.
  3. Add spices and tomato sauce to meat pan. Stir and simmer a few minutes.
  4. Drain noodles and add to chili meat pan.
  5. Add one cup of cheddar cheese and stir.
  6. Enjoy!

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