Serve Spicy,Turkey Chili When You Want A Hearty, Warming Meal on a Wintery Cold Day — We Bet No One Will Know It\’s So Healthy!
Serve Spicy Turkey Chili When You Want A Hearty, Warming Meal on a Wintery Cold Day — We Bet No One Will Know It\’s So Healthy!
By Pat Sinclair
NABBW’s Cooking for Two Expert
Late in the Fall, my husband and I took a brief trip “up North” to Duluth to view the brilliant colors of autumn. The aspen trees and poplars covered hillsides in shimmering shades of yellow that were a strong contrast to the red maples.
As we left Duluth, we took a few photos from the top of the hill overlooking the harbor and the St. Louis River. Everything looked cold, and I realized we were coming up on Chili season.
I recommend the recipe below, as it features ground turkey, which contains less cholesterol than ground beef, and is lower in calories. I always use ground turkey breast without the skin because of its lower fat content. Add a little olive oil to help the meat brown — and garnish with slices of avocado, if you like it — and you are adding healthy, unsaturated fats.
I always serve a pan of corn bread, or cornmeal Muffins with chili. They really make a perfect pair.
Makes 4 servings
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
8-10 oz. ground turkey breast
2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz.) chili beans
1 can (15 oz.) black beans
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
shredded cheese for topping (optional)
1/2 ripe avocado, sliced for topping (optional)
Pat Sinclair, NABBW’s “Cooking for Two” Associate, is a food consultant with more than 25 years experience in test kitchens and recipe development. Her newest cookbook, “Scandinavian Classic Desserts” was recently published by Pelican Publishing. She is also the author of “Scandinavian Classic Baking“ and “Baking Basics and Beyond,” which received the Baking Cookbook Award for 2007 by the Cordon d’Or Gold Ribbon Award International Annual Cookbooks and Culinary Arts Program. She has worked for corporate clients Land O\’Lakes, Pillsbury and General Mills. Pat is currently working on her next cookbook, “Dinner for Two.” She lives in the Twin Cities where she also teaches cooking classes. Pat invites you to contact her on her website, PatCooksandBakes.com, or via her blog.