Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe with Kidney Beans

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe with Kidney Beans

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

Healthy turkey chili recipe? If you’re a new visitor to this blog, you may be asking yourself, “Why the focus on food?”

You may be looking for the latest, greatest exercise that will sculpt your arms, chisel your abs, and trim your thighs. I’m a personal trainer, right? However, the ultimate secret weapon for fat loss is diet.

However, I don’t mean a crash diet or a detox. I don’t even use the word “diet” to indicate a temporary change in eating.

I use the term to describe a long-term strategy for transforming your lifestyle so that maintaining a healthy weight is easy and automatic. 

The focus on food is the current theme on my blog series, “Meal Prep Like a Pro” – at the beginning of the summer, I began posting recipes for cook-ahead, packable meal prep, and now, my reader, we are nearing the end! At the end of September, there will be a wrap-up in which I will create a meal plan for YOU, using the recipes that have so far been shared. Only three more dinners to go!

Because diet is the ultimate “secret” for losing weight in a healthy and sustainable way, it is important that you develop easy strategies that allow you to maintain these lifestyle changes. You need to have an arsenal of breakfasts that are easy to throw together. You need to be skilled at cook-ahead lunches that you can bring with you to work. Finally, you need to have food available at your house for the evening so that you avoid late-night delivery, binging, and mindless snacking. At the end of September, we’ll put it all together!

Until then, want to catch up? Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

Remember, if you’re trying to lose weight, diet is at least half of the process. It’s more than “cutting back” – it’s simply a re-tooling of a very fun and social part of life (eating, that is) so that it supports your health and fitness goals.

Now, let’s get on to some healthy turkey chili…

The Shopping List
  • 1 lb. ground lean turkey
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 fresh tomato
  • 2 cups water
  • Chili seasoning, paprika, cumin, oregano, salt to taste
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
Instructions
  • Finely dice the onion and cloves of garlic, and saute in a deep saucepan.
  • Once the onion and garlic is translucent and soft, add the ground turkey and break up in the saucepan with a wooden spoon.
  • Once the turkey is cooked through, add the can of crushed tomatoes and the seasonings (chili seasoning, paprika, cumin, oregano, and salt). Bring to a boil.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and stir occasionally.
  • Drain the can of kidney beans and add to the chili.
  • Dice the red onion, green onion, and fresh tomatoes.
  • Allow the chili to cool, and then separate into six portion-sized containers.
  • Top each serving with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a garnish of red onion, green onion, and fresh tomato.
  • Chop cilantro and add as a final garnish.

In case you’re new to the blog, I also want to reiterate how important portion control is when it comes to strategizing your diet. When the chili is done, you must separate it into the individual portions, instead of serving it family-style. This helps curb mindless overeating. The portions will be large, anyway, even though they’re low in carbohydrates – trust me!

Enjoy your chili! As September arrives and temperature drops, this dish can become a healthy staple for fall dinners all season long!

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