Thursday, March 27, 2014

Turkey Chili

Welcome, Sexi fans, to our second installment of this month’s Simply Sexi series! If you missed our first entry, the goal of this series is to provide you with one easy recipe that will give you a delicious meal plus plenty of leftovers, and suggestions for additional meals that can be made using those leftovers! It’s a one-stop-shop for easy, tasty, and healthy!

The star of this edition is an all-time favorite comfort food, revamped to cut calories while still boasting bold flavor and a hearty meal. That’s right…we’re talking chili. While your average chili probably calls for ground beef, we’ve swapped in ground turkey to cut fat (an added bonus for those of you trying to cut down on your red meat, as well!) and added two kinds of beans for some extra protein and fiber.  The slightly tangy, slightly smoky, slightly spicy sauce will have you wanting to lick your plate clean (it’s ok, we don’t judge!). The best part about this recipe is that the leftovers only get better with time! The flavors continue to develop after that first amazing bite, ensuring that each subsequent meal leaves you just as “comforted” as the first.  So go chili-crazy! Dive into a big bowl of this stuff, you’ll be glad you did!

Simply Sexi Turkey Chili
1 lb ground turkey meat
1 small can tomato paste
1 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, with liquid
1 15 oz. can light kidney beans, drained
1 15 oz. can dark kidney beans, drained
1 packet chili seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste

In a large pan, brown turkey meat. Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, light and dark beans, and seasoning packet. Stir until well combined. Cover and simmer over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Uncover and stir. Serve and enjoy!

Notes about this recipe:
-Want more veggies? Add some chopped onion, garlic, and bell pepper after meat has browned!
-Don’t want beans? Leave them out! Want more beans? Add more!
-Need more kick? Add ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes!

Other recipes with turkey chili:
-Mix with scrambled eggs for a healthy, hearty breakfast!
-Serve over brown rice for a protein-packed meal!
-Spoon over a baked sweet potato for a sweet and savory dish!
-Add canned corn and shredded low-fat  cheese and serve over a whole wheat tortilla!

-Be creative- the possibilities are endless!