The first day of spring gave us our last burst of winter, here in NJ.  Today's recipe is a great way to warm up during these last few freezing nights!  This recipe is a copycat of the famous Skyline Chili restaurant recipe.

I can't usually wait til the next day to eat it-- it's sooo yummy! Can be served with gluten free pasta, or over rice, and without cheese depending on your dietary restrictions.

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
  • 1 quart cold water
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cups crushed tomato ( or 1-15oz can)
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Add beef and water to a 4-quart pot. Bring to a simmer while stirring until the ground beef is in very small pieces. Simmer for 30 minutes 
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Continue to simmer on low, uncovered, for 3 hours. Add water as needed if the chili becomes to thick.
  4. Refrigerate the chili overnight, and the next day remove the layer of fat from top before reheating and serving. 

Today's recipe was submitted by the fabulous WBC doula Cornelia Mazzan, she can be reached at cornelia@wisebirthchoices.com

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Today's recipe is from guest blogger Kyle Klim, DC, BS from Integrative Wellness Group

Soba Noodles with Ginger Almond Butter Sauce
Even though this recipe appears to have a lot of ingredients, you really just dump them all together. It is quick, and not a tough dish. The great thing about it is that it can be kept vegan and gluten free, or you can add any type of meat that you would like. It pairs well with almost anything. These noodles can be enjoyed hot, but are also great when chilled. 

(4 portions)
2 packages of “King Soba” noodles (8.8oz each)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
½ an onion, finely diced or grated
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 ½ cups veggie broth
1 orange for fresh squeezed juice
½ to ¾ cup almond butter
1 Tbsp Braggs coconut aminos
1 Tbsp sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ tsp Sriracha sauce (optional)
Sesame seeds or crushed almonds for garnish (optional)
1 Tbsp olive oil to put in boiling water to avoid sticky noodles
2 Tbsp olive oil to drizzle over noodles to avoid stickiness after draining

1 deep pot to boil Soba noodles
1 strainer or colander
1 large mixing bowl
1 saute pan or wok to make sauce

While water for soba noodles is heating up, heat the saute pan or wok over medium high heat and melt coconut oil. Add onion, ginger, and garlic to coconut oil and saute for 3 minutes. Add broth, orange juice, and almond butter. Stir until almond butter is incorporated, and allow sauce to simmer. Add aminos, sesame oil, and Sriracha if you want a little spice. Once noodle water is boiling, add noodles and cook to your desired tenderness. Strain noodles, add olive oil, and use tongs to separate noodles from sticking or clumping together. Add noodles to simmering sauce, stir, then enjoy. Add sesame seeds or crushed almonds if desired.

NOTE: Make sure you check the ingredients on your soba noodles to make sure they are gluten free. Buckwheat flour is naturally gluten free, but some brands will add wheat flour, which defeats the purpose of eating a soba noodle. 
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Dr.Kyle Klim, DC, BS
Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Gymnasts, Webster Technique Certified, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Member 

Dr. Kyle grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania and has been under Chiropractic care his entire life. Dr. Kyle decided as a teenager that he wanted to become a Chiropractor in order to help people achieve the level of total wellness he had been experiencing as a result of being under consistent care. With Dr. Kyle's experience as a competitive gymnast, college cheerleader, and tumbling coach, he understands the needs of the athlete in competition, balance, strength, flexibility, recovery, and performance. Dr. Kyle is also a member of the a international Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and focuses on keeping the body balanced and aligned during the pregnancy for the best possible outcome during labor and delivery. He is also Webster Technique certified which is a specific Chiropractic analysis, soft tissue release, and adjustment to properly align the pelvis to allow for the best bio mechanical and neurological function giving the growing baby the best amount of room and positioning for the birthing process. Dr. Kyle is dedicated to taking care of the family as a whole in order for everyone to be their best every day.