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10 Quick And Healthy Chili Recipes For Busy People

10 Quick And Healthy Chili Recipes For Busy People

There’s nothing like a hot and spicy bowl of chili to bring you comfort and warmth, no matter what time of year it is. Too bad chili isn’t so good for you – or is it? With extra lean ground beef, ground turkey or even tofu, a chili recipe can be a very healthy, tasty and filling. Try adding greek yogurt to your chili instead of eating it with buns or bread to make it even more filling without eating extra, unnecessary carbs.

When I’m tired from dealing with people and problems all day at work, the last thing I want to do when I come home is cook a long and complicated meal. Since so many chili recipes take too long to make, I thought I would never taste it again! However, once I found a good chili recipe that could be made in 30 minutes, cooking this meal after work didn’t seem so bad. Plus, it’s so easy to make a lot of chili at once and this is one meal that is even tastier leftover, because all the flavours come out even more after it sits for a few hours. Here are 10 quick, simple and healthy chili recipes that will be easy to make after coming home from work:

  1. 30 Minute Beef Chili

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    This is a quick version of a normal chili recipe. It does call for a pre-made chili seasoning mix, but if you are like me and prefer to make meals entirely from scratch, you can always make a few servings of your own chili seasining mix in advance and pull it out of the cupboard whenever you decide to make this chili recipe.

    1. Cook the ground beef and drain it
    2. Add the chili seasoning mix and continue sauteeing the beef
    3. Add the veggies, beans and tomato sauce and boil for 15 minutes
    4. Serve with brown rice or Greek yogurt instead of sour cream

    2. Tofu Chili Recipe with Beans

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    Chili con Tofu
      via foodandwine

      Yes, you read it right. Chili can taste good with tofu, and it is a healthy option for vegetarians or those who want to limit their meat protein. This chili recipe will take you a little over 30 minutes to make and calls for pinto beans and kidney beans, but if you really want to “beef it up” you can add black beans, white beans and even chickpeas for more of a filling chili.

      1. Saute tofu, cumin and soy sauce in a Dutch oven and remove from pot when done
      2. Saute cumin, coriander, onion and oregano and then put all of the ingredients together
      3. Boil for 30 minutes and then stir in vinegar
      4. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro, non fat sour cream or Greek yogurt, and enjoy!

      3. Green Chili with Chicken & Quinoa

      Green Chili
        via delish

        This chili recipe looks and tastes different than any other chili recipe you’ll find online. Made with salsa verde, it’s green instead of the traditional red chili. If you are in the mood to try something different, and you want to get from the kitchen to the couch as quickly as possible after work, this is a very fast and satisfying meal to make. All is requires is pre-cooked chicken. Actually, if you buy a pre-cooked chicken for a meal the day before, you can use it for this chili recipe and get a few more meals out of it.

        1. Grab a large pot and heat up some oil to saute the garlic and onion
        2. Add cumin, salt, chicken, salsa verde and beans to the mixture
        3. Stir in chicken broth (hold one cup back) and the quinoa and simmer about 20 minutes (if the quinoa soaks up too much broth, add the leftover cup)
        4. Serve with your favourite Mexican style additions – sour cream, cheese, cilantro, lime, etc.

        4. Low Calorie Turkey Chili

        Low calorie turkey chili
          via cookingmatters

          This recipe will take about an hour to make, but it’s only 185 calories per serving! The calorie count might just be worth spending some extra time in the kitchen. Plus, while it simmers for 30 minutes, you can relax with a glass of wine and clear some space on your PVR.

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          1. Heat up a large pot and cook the ground turkey and onion
          2. Add in the water, beans, tomatoes and garlic
          3. Season to taste with salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, and cayenne
          4. Simmer for 30 minutes
          5. Serve with shredded cheese for added protein, or brown rice

          5. 30 Minute Turkey Spinach Chili

          Tukey spinach chili
            via thefoodnetwork

            Spinach is full of iron, a mineral many people don’t get enough of, so it is a great addition to chili. This chili recipe calls for extra lean ground turkey, which is a healthy, low-fat protein. The two ingredients, along with the other vegetables and spices this recipe calls for, make a very healthy and hearty chili. Since this recipe is chock-full of vegetables, go ahead and have that bun with it.

            1. In a heated Dutch oven, saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes
            2. Add ground turkey, celery, mushrooms, carrots, pepper and cook for 5 minutes
            3. Add all of the the spices and cook for 2 more minutes
            4. Bring to a boil after adding in tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for 10 minutes
            5. Stir in chickpeas and spinach and simmer for 5 more minutes
            6. Serve with a hot roll or warm, buttered bread

            6. Smoky Chipotle Chocolate Chili

            Chipotle chili
              via cookingontheweekends

              If you are craving chocolate, but don’t want to indulge, try adding it to your chili! This recipe is reminiscent of Mexican mole sauce, and the smokiness that the ancho chipotle peppers bring out just cannot be beat. Since this chili calls for unsweetened cocoa and chocolate, not milk chocolate, you get the added antoxidants found in dark chocolate.

              1. Add lean ground turkey, onion, peppers and garlic to a heated Dutch oven and cook until turkey is browned
              2. Stir in brown sugar, beans, cocoa, spices, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and chicken broth and bring to a boil; simmer for 15 minutes
              3. Stir in unsweetwened chocolate until it melts.
              4. Serve with low fat sour cream and green onion

              7. Beef and Beer Chili

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              Beef and beer chili
                via epicurious

                At 261 calories oer serving, this chili will become a favorite. The beet brings out some great flavors that will only get better the next day. (If there is any leftover!) Thus chili recipe will only take you 40 minutes to make.

                1. Heat a Dutch oven or large pot and throw in the garlic onion, peppers and lean ground beef
                2. After the beef is cooked, add salt, cumin, chili powder and sugar and cook for 1 more minute
                3. Stir in oregano, beans, tomatoes, beef broth and beer and simmer for 15 minutes
                4. Add the cornmeal and simmer for 5 more minutes.
                5. Squeeze some fresh lime juice in the pot and serve

                8. Spicy Turkey Sausage and Kale Chili

                Turkey and kale chili
                  via delish

                  Another very different and healthy option, this chili will not look exactly like a normal beef chili, but it has the flavor profile to become a favorite. Kale, one of the key ingredients, is full of vitamins and minerals.

                  1. Throw some turkey sausage into a heated Dutch oven and cook it through
                  2. Add to the pot onion, garlic, peppers, and all the spices and cook for about 6 more minutes
                  3. Pour in the tomatoes, beans and chicken broth and bring to a boil
                  4. After heat has been reduced to a simmer, add the kale and simmer for 30 minutes
                  5. Serve as is, or with chopped green onion

                  9. Hominy Chili

                  Hominy chili
                    via myrecipes

                    In this recipe, the hominy take the place of meat, but you won’t miss it. Hominy is very filling, low in fat and gluten free. This chili is a great choice for anyone who wants to eat a couple more vegetarian meals each week.

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                    1. In a heated pan, saute garlic for 1 minute
                    2. Add chili powder, cumin, beans, hominy and tomatoes
                    3. Simmer for 15 minutes
                    4. Serve with low fat sour cream and chopped cilantro and shredded cheese

                    10. Turkey Chili with White Beans

                    Turkey white bean chili
                      via bettycrocker

                      While most chili recipes call for black, pinto, or red kidney beans, white beans actually contain the most cancer fighting fiber. This turkey chili recipe will not only be a tasty addition to your menu, but it will also help your body fight cancer and other ailments that can attack your body.

                      1. Add ground turkey and salt to a heated pot and cook around 6 minutes, or until cooked through
                      2. Add onion to the pot and after 5 more minutes, stir in chili powder and cumin
                      3. Stir in tomatoes, beans and water and after it comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium for 10 minutes
                      4. Serve with Greek yogurt or low fat sour cream

                      Featured photo credit: Foodio via shutterstock.com

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                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

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                      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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                      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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                      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

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                      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

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