Monday, January 28, 2013

White Bean Turkey Chili

Not only is there the momentum of the New Year, but I also have a serious desire to lose my remaining "baby weight." You know how there are those lucky b!$%*es women who seem to lose all of their baby weight without trying? Well, I am definitely not one of those women!

As a result, this mama is on a mission. I have been on the prowl for recipes that meet the following criteria: calorie conscious, WW-friendly, easily transportable and reheatable, and flavorful. This recipe for White Bean Turkey Chili is one of the healthy lunch recipes that I recently added to my repertoire.

I liked the list of ingredients and appreciated a chili that wasn't tomato-based. It also reheats nicely and tastes great with a spoonful of sour cream and a little fresh lime.

White Bean Turkey Chili (makes 6 servings; 6 Points+ per serving)
Adapted from LaaLoosh

1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground turkey breast
2 4-oz. cans diced green chiles
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Kosher salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup fat free 1/2 & 1/2
2 1/2 cups chicken broth (plus more if chili is too thick)

Optional toppings:
Sour cream (FF or reduced if you want lower points)
Shredded reduced fat Monterrey Jack cheese
Scallions, thinly sliced
Lime wedge

In a dutch oven over medium heat, combine the onion and ground turkey and sauté until the onions are tender and turkey is fully cooked (6-8 minutes). Add the garlic and cook another minute or so, until fragrant. Add the green chiles, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt & pepper to taste. Cook another 5 minutes or so.

Add one can of the drained beans and the chicken broth to the pot. Then take the second can of beans and mash them using a food processor or potato masher. Add the mashed beans to the pot, along with the half & half. Stir well and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the chili has thickened slightly. Stir in fresh cilantro.

Serve with a wedge of lime and your preference of toppings (suggestions listed above). Toppings were not included in the calculated Points+ value.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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