What’s better than the aroma of a warm pot of chili on a crisp Fall day? A warm pot of chili that’s packed with protein and vegetables! We won’t spill the beans if you won’t!
DOCTOR'S CHOICE CHILI
Makes 6 Servings
- One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey (or a combination)
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- One-quarter teaspoon cayenne
- One-half cup to 1 cup White Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe #4)
- One-half cup Green Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe #3)
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained*
- 1 to 2 cups vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
Optional garnishes: chopped green or yellow onions, low-fat sour cream, and shredded low-fat cheese
*if your guy objects to whole, visible beans in his chili, simply substitute one cup of White Bean Puree or one-half cup of oat bran for same nutritious effect.
> Heat oil over medium heat in a chili or soup pot. Cook the onions until they are slightly translucent, about 10 minutes, and then add ground meat, stirring to break it up, cooking about 5 minutes until meat is no longer red. Then add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and a few grinds of pepper. Add the White and Green Purees, tomato paste, tomatoes, 1 cup of vegetable broth, and the kidney beans, and mix well to combine the colors. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, adding more vegetable broth as necessary. Season with salt, pepper, more cayenne for extra spice, and top with optional garnishes.
Save leftovers and put a portion in a thermos or plastic container for your man’s lunch pail.
Chili represents your three stages of matter: solid, liquid, and eventually gas. Roseanne
> Omit the meat and add 2 more cans of pinto and/or kidney beans.
Serve with Grilled Corn Bread from The Sneaky Chef book.
Sneaky Tip: Yale researchers report that eating just one-half cup a day of beans can help significantly in keeping diabetes away. So sneak some White Bean Puree in chili, soup, salad or your favorite casseroles and help beat the diabetes epidemic.