This is the perfect recipe to share on the blog this week because we’ve been enjoying #SLEETSHOW2015! It started icing here in Dallas Sunday night and continued on through Monday. The whole city pretty much closed down, including the clinic where I work so I got to spend all day Monday stranded in my apartment. The weather cleared up Tuesday, then today it started “snowing” (aka .00005 of an inch that barely stuck). People joke about how whiny Texans are when it comes to bad weather, but when it only ices 1/365 days of the year, we don’t have much experience dealing with winter weather! #itstoocold
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Poor Linky didn’t like the ice. When I sat him down outside to potty he tip-toed around and his whole body shivered. He’s too little of a puppy for this kind of weather! I tried to get a cute “puppy’s first
snow ice picture” but the second he was done going potty he’d race back towards the door.
How can you warm up during this bad weather? Make chili and cornbread! It’s the ultimate cold weather food, right? Topped with sour cream and melty cheddar cheese. I like to crumble up the cornbread and mix it in with the chili. Does anyone else do this?
I took an old chili recipe that I had in my recipe binder and adapted it to make it healthier. The original recipe calls for 1lb of ground beef, so I reduced that by half and added in green lentils to keep it hearty.
One bowl of this chili only has 230 calories! Plus tons of fiber from the lentils, beans, tomatoes, and the finely minced carrots and bell peppers. All the veggies and beans create a hearty bowl without all the calories usually found in chili. I used low sodium beans, tomatoes, and broth to lower the salt content of this dish. Instead of using regular table salt, I like to use Morton’s Lite Salt because it’s half sodium and half potassium. Creates the same flavor with half the sodium.
[Tweet “Warm up with this Skinny Beef & Lentil Chili from Zen & Spice!”] Here’s the recipe for Skinny Beef & Lentil Chili:
- 1/2 lb 93/7 ground beef
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 2 large red bell peppers, diced 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup green lentils
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans no-salt diced tomatoes
- 1 (14.5 oz) no salt added kidney beans
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 32-oz carton low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp salt (I use Morton's Light Salt)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Toppings: sour cream, cheddar cheese
- Cook the ground beef in a large pan until browned-- season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Add the carrots and red bell pepper to a food processor-- pulse until finely minced.
- In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, minced carrots and bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, or until soft. 4. Stir in the chili powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, lentils, tomatoes, kidney beans, bay leaf, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, add the beef, and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat, discard the bay leaf.
- Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and serve with a cornbread muffin!
- Approximately 230 calories per bowl!
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!