Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Healthy Way to do Chilli

Spicy Turkey Chilli

I've been adjusting my eating habits for a quite a while now and I'm now approaching the two stone mark on my weight loss journey... makes me happy and quite proud, although these things take time. I try not to deprive myself (see my dinner on Monday) as I think that leads to failure and I hate to fail.

One thing I look to do is to make healthy versions of my favourite meals or to replicate great healthy meals that I have out. Chilli is a favourite of mine and I used to love eating a really slow cooked chilli full of beef, chorizo and red wine smothered with sour cream and cheese and preferably served over a jacket potato. Hello calories, fat and carbs....  and I wonder why I put on weight. Duh!

So here is my alternative- a yummy chilli made from turkey mince (which is a great ingredient for all you dieters out there). Mine is pretty spicy so adjust the spice ratios if you want it a bit milder. Feel free to add whatever veggies you like to bulk this up - its a great way to clear the contents of the veg drawer.  I served this with gem lettuce leaves (zero carbs and means I can justify a small sprinkling of cheese) but other healthy alternatives would be a baked Sweet Potato or some Bulgar Wheat.

Turkey Chilli 

Serves around 4 to 6 depending on how hungry people are!
300g Turkey Mince 
2 onion, chopped 
2 cloves garlic, crushed 
1 fresh red chilli, chopped finely
1 Green Pepper & 1/2 Orange Pepper, cut into chunks
1 carrot, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 TBSP Tomato puree 
2 TSP Cumin
2 TSP chilli powder 
2 TSP Paprika 
1 tin chopped tomatoes 
200g Kidney beans, drained 
Olive Oil

Simmering away in the pan 

Fry off the onion, garlic and chilli, add the pepper, carrot and celery and allow them all to soften. Add the turkey mince and cook for around 10 mins, stirring occasionally. Once the mince is cooked then add the spices and puree and cook for a few minutes. Season. Add tomatoes and then leave to cook for 30 mins or so - simmering over a low heat. Add the drained kidney beans and cook for a further 10 minutes. Serve with gem lettuce leaves, some Greek yoghurt and a sprinkle of cheese. 

Messy but yummy!
This Dish has been picked as a featured favourite for Delicious Dish Tuesday! Thanks so much guys.... I encourage everyone to get involved - its a great link up!

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  1. YUMMMM- Can I have chili for breakfast?! hahaha I bet yours would be delightful over a tortilla, topped with an egg! ;)

    1. Oh Chili for breakfast - that's interesting. Here in the UK we tend to stick to boring marmite on toast! Anything topped with an egg works for me though! R x

  2. This looks fabulous!!! I haven't had chili with turkey in it before but I'm totally up for trying it, especially knowing it would be healthier.
    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday this week!

  3. I'm featuring this recipe as my favorite for this week's Delicious Dish Tuesday! Thank you so much for sharing with us!!!! Feel free to come grab the "Featured Favorite" button, and please share another awesome recipe with us!! :)

    1. Wow Thank you so much!! Cant wait to share many more recipes!
      Thanks for such a great link up! x