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Doctor's Choice Chili


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! 



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 

Vegetarian Variation: 

> 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.


Baby Food as Purees


Hi Sneaky Chef!!

Can I use baby food instead of the making my own puree. I am a researcher and live 1 hour away from work and my husband is a Fire Fighter and with our schedules I rarely have time to make purees. I want the best for my daughter which why I am working hard now so I can take off later to be a full-time Mom. Would love the advice if you can give any!!

Dear Catherine,

Baby food works great in a pinch--use it one for one, exactly the same amount as the purees.

Stock up!

Enjoy in good health,


Toddler & Husband


From: Valerie Ringuette
To: Missy Chase
Subject: Love your book
Hi Missy,
First I just want to thank you for helping me to get my 23 month old toddler to eat some vegetables.  I've used your advice and techniques to put the puree's into my own recipes.  My daughter won't eat much...VERY picky.  She will eat the meatloaf and twice baked potatoes from your book though.  I still have not been able to get her to eat any chicken however.
My friends and husband think I'm nuts for making all these puree's and some juices, packaging them in 1/4 portions and freezing them.  It's worked out great.  There is no greater feeling then knowing I'm taking care of my family...whether they know it or not!  (-:  My husband has asked that I not tell him anymore when he has had green puree and wheat germ in his food.  LOL!
Thanks again!
Valerie Ringuette

Dear Valerie,

Your letter made my day!

Over and over I get the same feedback: "This really works!" That, to me, is the beauty of being a sneaky chef. Your family is really eating vegetables, and your health will only benefit from that.

I'm going to have an extra big grin on my face, thinking of your daughter eating super foods. And please tell your husband he gets a gold star for supporting your sneaky streak!

With healthiest regards,


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