Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Hearty Chili That Is Heart Healthy

I love chili. Something about it is very satisfying. This recipe is from a cookbook, Quick & Healthy, by Brenda J. Ponichtera. She focuses on keeping  things simple and healthy.

This recipe can be made with extra lean ground beef or lean ground turkey. The recipe shown here is with super lean range fed ground beef grown on our farm.  If you like, sprinkle some reduced fat cheese on top.

This chili is gluten free, yeast free (without cheese) and weight watcher friendly.  Weight watcher points are 6 for each 1 cup serving made with beef and 5 points if made with turkey.

 I added 1/2 serving of reduced cheese for 1 more point. You could put the other half serving of cheese on a salad, or add it all to your chili. Whatever suits your taste.

Hearty & Healthy Chili Con Carne:
3 cans (15 oz. each) kidney beans, drained - or mix it up with pinto beans and red beans.
2 large onions, chopped
2 green pepper, chopped
2 lbs. extra lean ground beef or turkey
2 cans (16oz. each) tomatoes   ( I like to puree mine)
2 cans (8oz. each) tomato sauce
1/4 tsp. paprika
2 bay leaves, crumbled
2 Tbl. chili powder

In a large kettle brown the meat. Drain. (I always drain my meat even though it is lean)
Add to the meat, onion and green pepper. Let cook about 3 minutes.
Add all ingredients. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

That's it!  Now relax while it is cooking or make some Corny Cornbread or Gluten Free Cornbread.

Mmmm..... ready to eat, and don't you look forward to a spoonful of this?


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