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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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                      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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