Monday, December 19, 2011

Chili Night

Another recipe forged during my foray into cooking with V8. Nothing fancy. Chili night shouldn't be fancy. But there's no reason it can't be healthy. About 350 calories, 18 grams of fiber, 32 grams of protein, almost no fat, and two full servings of vegetables per bowl - with zero loss of flavor and satisfaction. Who needs fancy?

Turkey Chili

I like to use a variety of beans in many combinations: pinto, red, kidney, black... Toss in your favorites or use whatever cans have been hanging around your pantry the last couple years. For the tomatoes, try ones flavored with adobo, chipotle, or green chile for an extra layer of flavor. Any sugar will work, but I like turbinado or brown sugar for slightly deeper sweet; or skip the sugar altogether in favor of a hefty sprinkle of calorie free stevia sweetener. Serves 6.

1lb. lean ground turkey breast
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp. Mexican oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1-2 Tbsp chili powder, depending on desired spice level
Salt & pepper to taste
4 cloves garlic, pressed
2 cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
2 cups V8
1 Tbsp sugar
4 cans beans, drained

In a pan (or slow cooker bowl if it's removable and stovetop safe) sprayed with Pam, saute turkey, onion, bell pepper, oregano, cumin, and chili powder over medium high heat until turkey is cooked through with no pink. Salt & pepper to taste. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds or so until fragrant. In slow cooker, combine turkey mixture with tomatoes, V8, sugar, and beans. Cover and cook over low heat for 4-6 hours. Serve alone or topped with sour cream, fresh cilantro, grated cheese, and/or lime slices.

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