3 Ways to Lighten Your Own Chili Recipe

January 22, 2014 | By | Comments (2)

NME_chili-lightenupUse these three simple swaps to lighten up your  favorite chili recipes.

1 LEANER MEAT: Use 10% lean ground beef instead of 20% lean and save 88 calories and 4g sat fat per serving.

2 BETTER BEANS: Beans add bulk and fiber, but canned varieties may also add lots of sodium. Look for lower-sodium and organic varieties with less than 200mg per serving.

3 GO FOR GRAINS: Sub ½ pound cooked bulgur (about 1¼ cups) for ½ pound 10% lean ground beef to save 23g fat and boost fiber by 10g per batch.

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  1. Gigi

    My version is lean fat free turkey, a jar of salsa, crushed tomatoes, whole canned tomatoes, light red kidney beans, and a pkg of taco seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste…..let it simmer. It is delicious. The salsa has all the onions, peppers, and chili’s in it. I use the left overs the next day to mix with macaroni for “chili mac”.

    March 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm
  2. My Kids Ate It: Simple Slow Cooker Chili (with some fancy toppings for grown-ups) | Wendolonia

    […] I’ve been using the same chili recipe as my go-to for years. It’s the recipe my parents used to make for us when we were kids and it’s ridiculously simple and versatile. The recipe calls for ground beef, but I’ll often swap in ground turkey or beef stew meat depending on what’s in the fridge. And because it’s loaded with beans, you can make it without meat at all and it will be sufficiently filling for dinner. This is one of those lots-of-cans crockpot recipes too, so it’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand in the pantry for days when I need to get dinner on the table but I don’t feel like visiting the grocery store. This is a pretty nutritious recipe to begin with, but over the years I’ve cut the fat and sodium a bit by using some of these suggestions. […]

    February 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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