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LEAP Chicago's Healthy Recipe Ideas: "Chili Cook-Off: Healthy and Hearty Recipes with a Meaty Twist"


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As the Chicago winter hits it's peak, there's nothing quite like a warm bowl of chili. At LEAP, we believe that healthy eating can be delicious and satisfying, it's just a matter of finding the right recipes.


In this blog post, we're hosting a virtual chili cook-off featuring three fantastic and wholesome chili recipes, each showcasing a different kind of lean meat. Get ready to spice up your meal prep with these protein-packed and flavor-rich healthy chili variations.


Turkey and White Bean Chili:


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh cilantro and lime wedges for garnish


Instructions:

  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.

  • Add diced onion and cook until softened.

  • Add ground turkey and garlic, cooking until the turkey is browned.

  • Stir in cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.

  • Add white beans, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth to the pot. Bring to a simmer.

  • Let the chili simmer for 20-25 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

  • Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime.


Chicken and Black Bean Chili:


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh avocado and cilantro for garnish


Instructions:

  • In a large pot, sauté diced chicken until browned.

  • Add chopped onion, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper, cooking until softened.

  • Stir in minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

  • Add black beans, crushed tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer.

  • Let the chili simmer for 25-30 minutes, ensuring the chicken is fully cooked.

  • Serve hot, garnished with fresh avocado slices and cilantro.


Beef and Sweet Potato Chili:


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Greek yogurt and chopped green onions for garnish


Instructions:

  • In a large pot, cook ground beef until browned.

  • Add diced onion and sweet potatoes, sautéing until slightly softened.

  • Stir in minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

  • Add kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and beef broth to the pot. Bring to a simmer.

  • Let the chili simmer for 20-25 minutes, allowing the sweet potatoes to become tender.

  • Serve hot, garnished with a dollop of Greek yogurt and chopped green onions.


Ditch the notion that chili can't be both healthy and hearty. These three chili recipes, each featuring a different kind of lean meat, prove that nutritious meals can be as delicious as they are satisfying. Whip up a batch, share with your workout buddies, and embrace the warmth and flavor of fall with these protein-packed chili variations. Your taste buds and muscles will thank you!

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