Chili is such a great meal because it can usually be made quick, healthy, be eaten by the entire family, and covers all the food groups, which saves from needing to make multiple side dishes. I also love Chili because everyone has their own special recipe that they love and they will compare notes with me!
Before I found this recipe, I had my own that I could make in 10 minutes, but I have been converted. This one takes a teeny bit longer, but its still very easy to make, and extremely healthy. I started giving this to Little Frances at 10 months, mixed in with one part Chili, 3 parts carrot puree. Now that she is a bit older, and has more teeth and is more open to seasonings, I give it to her as is. I can also attest that this purees really well for younger babies or babies with fewer teeth.
I found this recipe in Deceptively Delicious with a few tiny alterations.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 chopped red onion
- 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp chili powder, or to taste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 (15 oz) can chopped tomatoes
- 1 (26 oz) carton reduced fat, low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 finely chopped red pepper puree
- 1/2 cup carrot puree or finely chopped carrot if you don’t have any puree on hand
- 1/4 cup cornmeal (You cannot find regular degerminated ground corn meal in Russia like you can in the states, so I substituted it for a very coarsely ground corn meal that I found. It was a happy accident because it turned out even more delicious and is probably a little bit healthier since it is pure corn without additives! I encourage you to look for something similar in your local grocery.)
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 2 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- Coat the bottom of a large pot with cooking spray and set it over medium heat.
- When the pot is hot, add the oil.
- Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, sprinkle the meat with the garlic, chili powder, salt, paprika, and pepper. (This is the only time I actually seasoned the meat before putting it in the pot as it seems like an unnecessary step and dirties an extra bowl. Usually I just throw them on top of the meat afterwards and it turns out just fine.)
- Add the meat to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink, 5 - 6 minutes.
- Stir in the tomatoes.
- Add the broth, red pepper, carrot, cornmeal, and flaxseed meal, and stir well.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered 15 - 20 minutes, or until the flavors have blended.
- Stir in the beans and cook a little longer, just to heat them through.
Yield: It all depends on how much you eat, for a regular adult, 8 servings, but for me only about 6… I love this recipe so much that I usually eat until I am totally stuffed!
Storage: I plan to store this in the refrigerator for 1 week and frozen for up to 2 months. This is not scientific.
Difficulty: 2 out of 5. This is a really, easy quick recipe to make, and it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, which I love.
Epicutie Rating: Somewhat Yummy--See right side of page for descriptions Even though this is big hit with mommy, Little Frances doesn’t seem to love it quite as much. Although she doesn’t giggle when she eats it and squeal for more, she will still eat quite a bit of it and doesn’t seem to hate it.
Miscellaneous: When I told the hubs and my MIL and that I wanted to give this to Little Frances, they both looked at me like I was crazy! Apparently they had seem Mr. Mom one too many times. I am happy to report that this Little Frances has tried this many times without any unwelcome side effects!