Skinny Turkey Chili

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Nothing beats delicious and hearty chili.  Such a versatile dish. You can set up a chili bar where everyone can top their own. Or, use it to make taco salads or stuffed baked potatoes. This fabulous chili is very skinny due to using ground turkey and draining the fat, cooking the onions in the microwave instead of sauteing in oil, and rinsing the beans before adding to the pot.  These skinny changes make a dramatic difference in the Skinny Facts.  Each 1 cup serving has 227 calories, only 2 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. This recipe freezes great and can easily be doubled or tripled.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients

1 package ground turkey (about 1- 1¼ pounds)

1½ cups onions, chopped

1 clove fresh garlic, chopped or 1½ teaspoons from a jar.

1 (14 oz) jar pasta or tomato sauce (I like pasta sauce from a jar such as Prego Pasta Sauce)

1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz) can tomatoes, chopped

½  cup water

1 tablespoon chili powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼  teaspoon ground red pepper

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼  teaspoon salt


Instructions

1. In a large nonstick pan, brown the ground turkey over medium-high heat, stirring often to break up lumps.

2. Drain cooked turkey into a colander in the sink and blot with paper towels to remove excess fat.

3. Return drained turkey to the pan.

4. Place onions in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes, until soft.

5. Add the cooked onions to the turkey and stir in the remaining ingredients.

6. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Makes 8- 1 cup serving


Food Fact

Texans love their chili and call it their “bowl of red!”


Healthy Benefit

This chili is loaded with fiber rich beans.  In fact, each serving contains 15 grams of fiber.


Substitution Tips

To make this chili vegetarian, use 1 package (12 oz) of Yves Meatless Ground.  This is a soy protein and makes a delicious substitute for ground turkey. You’ll find this product in most supermarkets.

You can substitute Lawry’s Chili Seasoning (1 package) for all of the dry seasonings.


Serving Tip

Set up a chili bar where everyone can customize their bowl of chili.  Serve with small bowls of chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, shredded reduced-fat cheese,  Nancy’s Skinny Ranch Dressing and reduced fat tortilla chips.
Use this chili to make my recipe for Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen’s Taco Salad.

 

Weight Watchers (old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS
PLUS
5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1 cup)
227 calories, 2g fat, 25g protein, 29g carbs, 8g fiber, 375mg sodium, 7g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 cup serving w/ full fat and not draining fat
401 calories, 23 g fat, 21g protein, 29 g carbs, 8g fiber,  926mg sodium, 7g sugar