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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 November 20, 2018

                      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                      A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                      Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                      1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                      Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                      If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                      2. You put the cart before the horse.

                      “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                      3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                      A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                      4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                      The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                      5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                      If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                      6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                      Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                      The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                      7. You’re trying too hard.

                      Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                      8. You don’t track your progress.

                      Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                      9. You have no social support.

                      It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                      10. You know your what but not your why.

                      The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                      Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                      Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                      Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                      Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                      Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                      • The more specific you can make your goal,
                      • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                      • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                      • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                      I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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