Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Combating the cold weather at the dinner table

 The temperature has dropped and the uniform has changed. I've added gloves, hat and jacket, before heading out the door. My runs are ending in thoughts of hot soup and warm baths rather than cold beer and swimming pools. I love this time of year because it really lets you know how committed you are. Besides, All it takes is another layer of clothing, to get out there and log the miles. Why fight it when you can reward yourself with this hearty low fat chili. Did I mention that it is almost  easier than opening a can? I hope you enjoy this recipe and no matter what your winter activity, this should warm you up when your finished.

White Bean & Turkey Chili
Yields 6/1.5 cup servings

1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey
2 cans canellini beans(drained and rinsed)
2 yellow onions(small diced)
1 1/2 cups sliced button mushrooms
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
2 tbsp turmeric
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground red chili
2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp ground cumin
salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a deep pot, add the onions and saute until they turn translucent and smell sweet. Add the turkey, mushrooms, and beans. Cook for about 2 min then add the chicken stock and all the spices. Cook for 1 hour to reduce the liquid about 1/3. Season with salt to your preference.

Topping: Mix 1/2 chopped avocado and 2 tbsp fat free sour cream to create a chunky avocado sour cream. I also topped the chili with 1/4 cup 2% cheese. Nutrition facts do not include toppings.

Facts for 1.5 cups; Cals.  216   Fat.  4.2g    Sat. Fat.  0.4g    Cholesterol   47mg    Sodium.  287mg
Carbs.  19.6g     Dietary Fiber 5.4g     Sugar.  4.3g      Protien.   27.1g
Vit. A. 10%   Vit. C.  6%   Calcium  6%    Iron   14%


  1. Sounds delish and from the looks of that bowl, it was. I'll have to share this recipe on my blog.

  2. Thank you Mona Ross and I enjoyed the dinner party and I hope you all did as well. I appreciate you spreading the word. I hope you and Don have a happy holiday.

  3. Just made this for a warm meal on a snow day. Perfect recipe for turkey, spice mix is well balanced. I have to admit a single deviation replacing a cup of the stock with the ale I was drinking. All and all a great meal you could easily go back for seconds.

  4. Ok its that time of year again to make this wonderful chili again...YUM