Lean Three Bean Chili

Happy December Everyone!

Now that the winter season has approached us, it felt only necessary to warm up next to a hot bowl of comforting chili.

Chili can be made so many ways, from slow cooking all day in your crock pot, to quickly simmering on your stove. Being such a hearty meal, I usually slow cook my chili on days I know will be super busy. But there are just some mornings that you can’t get out of bed and forget to set your crock pot! Before you know it, it’s 7PM and you have a ton of work to catch up on, but don’t want to order take out for dinner. This recipe is for you! This chili recipe from Skinny Mom can be ready in twenty minutes and tastes like the flavors have been marrying all day.

Not only was this a super quick meal to make, it was also a great meal for the days you haven’t gone grocery shopping yet! Canned beans, tomatoes, and chicken stock are three main things that I stock in my pantry for times like this.

As you can see, the recipe is for Turkey Chili not Bean Chili .. HUH?! This recipe can be made both ways. As I mentioned, I had no food in the house but beans! Instead of ground turkey, I simply added one more can of beans. Nothing else was changed, except the omission of cinnamon.

Chili is so versatile, you can really add what you want as far as toppings – cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, jalapenos, sliced avocado, fresh chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, crushed tortilla chips or shredded lettuce. Go wild!

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Skinny Chicken Tortilla Soup

11225462_10152764421910759_7133780060749822839_nIn honor of Cinco de Mayo yesterday, I made this soup packed with flavor. I recently purchased a crock pot, and love the convenience of not worrying about making dinner when I get home from work. This recipe comes from Skinny Mom.

You’ll soon see a pattern that I obviously love Spanish cuisine. Not only is my boyfriend from Guatemala and he is making requests .. I want to put anything and everything in a tortilla! Or add chilies, jalapenos, queso fresco to everything non-traditional.

My obsession constantly growing, I needed to watch the calories and sodium that came along with it.

Although this recipe already had low calories, the sodium was way too high so I made some changes and it came out just as wonderful!

Tip-  When shopping for “low-sodium” be sure to read the nutrition label. Some products will vary, and you really want to look for the product that contains the lowest sodium (per serving!). During my shopping trip, I found a low-sodium broth that was 800 mg per serving! Very misleading. I finally found an organic brand that had close to low 100’s mg per serving. #mindfulshopping

Warning! – This makes a very large batch. I used a 4 qt slow cooker and it was filled to the brim. If you are cooking for a small family, I would suggest cutting the recipe in half. We had a TON of leftovers (just the 2 of us!), and I ended up freezing more than half of the batch.

The recipe:

16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 cup onion, chopped
16 oz can reduced-sodium black beans, drained + rinsed
16 oz can kidney beans, drained + rinsed
8 oz can tomato paste
10 oz package of yellow corn, frozen
2 — 10 oz cans Ro*Tel® diced tomatoes with chilies (I used low sodium)
1 packet reduced-sodium taco seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash – salt free)
1 Tbsp chili powder
32 oz reduced-sodium chicken broth (I used low-sodium organic)

Directions:

  1. Place chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  3. Remove chicken breasts and shred with a fork, return to slow cooker and mix well. Spoon soup into bowls and top with crumbled tortilla chips. Add optional toppings, if desired.
  4. Add desired toppings. (We added tortilla strips, avocado, mozzarella cheese and cilantro.)