“Healthified” … it may not be a real word, but I believe it accurately describes this recipe and my year twenty ten goal to make healthier Food choices. It does not mean that I promise to cook ONLY healthy foods (I still have to have chocolate and such things now and again), but rather I am going to make better choices … eat better food by creating “healthified” versions of my favorite recipes.
I wanted to cook something substantial, something meaty and satisfying … Chili seemed to be the perfect dish to make over. Ground turkey proved to be the best substitution for ground beef. If you are a chili die-hard and find using turkey sacrilegious, a better choice for you might be 93/7 ground beef. It will cost you a few more of your food budget dollars, but will be a better overall food choice. I have to take a moment here and share with you a family chili story that has stuck with me. Years ago, my mother was on Weight Watchers, she was preparing WW chili … now I know I was just a kid, but I was smart enough to know that green beans and tomato sauce was not my idea of chili! My point is that food substitutions do not have to be that drastic!
Read the labels on the canned goods before you toss them in your grocery cart. Be aware of the fat content, salt content, know what you are buying. Is there a better food choice sitting on the shelf that you missed? It is small things like this that can aid you in your quest to drop a few pounds. I am not a weight loss expert by any means, but I have had some experience in losing weight. When you create “healthified” versions of your favorite recipes load them up with ingredients that are good for you. “Healthified” food can be fun and tasty.
1 and ½ pounds of ground turkey (ground turkey breast is 99% fat free)
1 large onion, diced
1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes (I use fire roasted for greater flavor)
1 and ½ cups of tomato sauce
3 Tablespoons of diced green chilis from the can , optional (I use the whole 4 oz can with juice)
2 Teaspoons of chili powder (I use one Tablespoon as I like it a bit spicy)
1 Teaspoon cumin (I use 2 Teaspoons)
1 15 ounce can of beans drained (Use the kind you like … I used Great White Northern)
Salt and pepper to taste.
Brown the turkey and the onion.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chilis, chili powder and cumin. Let this mixture simmer for at least 15 minutes. (I prefer to simmer 30- 45 minutes.) Taste and then salt and pepper to taste. If you would like more spice fell free to add the spices of your choice. This is a basic recipe that you can enhance to fit your personal taste. ( I do add a bit of onion powder and garlic powder.) Add the beans in just before serving and let them warm through.
I like to garnish with fat free sour cream, chopped green onion and a bit of fat free cheddar cheese.