Friday, April 16, 2010

My Turkey Chili

If you've been following my weight loss progress at all, you've probably noticed that I've been at sort of a standstill. And, if you've been reading this blog, it wouldn't take a genius to realize why. Yes, I want to lose weight, and I am losing weight. But I can not deny my love for cooking and baking. It wouldn't be realistic for me to lose all this weight while completely depriving myself of the things I love, because I'd just end up putting it all back on. For me, it's all about balance.
That being said, there's no reason I shouldn't share some of my healthier recipes. This is one of my favorites.

Kristen's Turkey Chili
20 oz lean ground turkey (beef if you prefer)
1 cup tomato sauce (preferably no salt added)
1 cup fresh salsa (medium or hot if you can handle)
1 can (15 oz?) pinto beans, well rinsed and drained
cayenne pepper/red pepper 
chili powder

In a large pot, brown the turkey for about 5-6 minutes, drain any fat if necessary. Add the remaining ingredients. I used at least 2-3 T of chili powder and I usually throw some red pepper flakes/cayenne pepper in as well. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce your heat to low to simmer for 15-20. Serve in a bowl with a bit of shredded cheese or sour cream on top. Corn bread (not) optional. Serves 4(ish).

The photo I took came out sort of crappy. It just looks like regular delicious chili anyway. Take my word for it.
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Healthy Turkey Chili on Foodista
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