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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, 2020

                      Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                      Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                      Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

                      One 2017 study found that:[1]

                      “after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

                      This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

                      Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

                        As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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                        Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

                        1. Remember Your Why

                        It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

                        Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

                        2. Go to Bed Early

                        If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

                        This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

                        3. Make a Commitment

                        I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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                        Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

                        You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

                        4. Find a Friend

                        If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

                        Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

                        Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

                        5. Treat Yourself

                        We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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                        You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

                        6. Change your Mindset

                        Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

                        When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

                        7. Plan Your Day

                        You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

                        Time blocking

                          8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

                          Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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                          For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

                          9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

                          Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

                          10.  Set Multiple Alarms

                          Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

                          Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

                          Final Thoughts

                          About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

                          Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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                          Featured photo credit: Tomasz Woźniak via unsplash.com

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