Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hot Body Chili

When I moved to the Seattle area, I got a job working the front desk and daycare in a gym.  It was a perfect job while in school not only because of the hours, but I could work on schoolwork later at night when the gym slowed down.  Other great benefits were the free gym membership and the friendships I made.  Heather was my front desk partner and we always worked Friday nights together.  Not too many people work out past 6:00 p.m. on a Friday night, so we had plenty of time to talk and share life with each other.  Heather taught me how to knit and shared her nutrition and acupuncture knowledge with me (she was completing her Master's degree).  I enjoyed sharing with Heather what I was learning in school, we scrapbooked together, and I got to see her have fun planning her wedding. Although she's about 10 years older than me, we never seem to run out of things to talk about.  I also love how she lives life...she rides a dirt bike, enjoys down-hill mountain biking, is a black belt and used to teach kickboxing at the gym where we worked. 

Why am I telling you about Heather?  Not only is she pretty awesome, but I recently realized I have friends such as Heather that I rarely talk to anymore, and a text message or Facebook comment is just not cutting it for me (she doesn't have Facebook anyway). One of my "resolutions" for 2012 is for more face time with my friends.  It's difficult and life gets in the way, but I want my friends to be a part of my life and I want to be a part of theirs.  I realized I hadn't seen Heather since Matt's and my wedding almost three years ago, and we had some catching up to do! 

We chatted on the phone a little bit and decided we needed to make a visit happen...and that happened today!  She had not been to our house, so she made the 1 hour drive (which doesn't facilitate face-time) and we had a great time sipping tea and chatting, and she also stayed for lunch.  Today was cold and wet, and chili sounded like the perfect lunch.  This Hot Body Chili is not only my go-to chili recipe for a quick dinner or company because it's so easy, but it's healthy and I snagged this from a fitness magazine in 2005...when I worked at the gym with Heather. 

What You Need:
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 16 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 cap full white vinegar
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf (I use 2)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce or red pepper flakes to taste (if desired)
  • 8 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
What You Do:
  1. Lightly spray soup pot with cooking spray and place over medium heat.  Add turkey and onions.  Using wooden spoon, crumble turkey keeping large chunks & cook until almost fully cooked.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except beans.  Cover and cook over low heat for at least 15 minutes (or up to 2 hours) for best flavor, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add beans, heat until hot, serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings but is so easy to double or triple for a larger crowd.

Per Serving:
  • 228 calories
  • 33 g protein
  • 22 g carbohydrates
  • 2 g fat
  • 6 g fiber
May your belly always be full with good food, and may you always be surrounded by great friends!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, that looks so good! I may have to try this out someday soon.


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