The change seems to come quickly; from a long string of hot days, to suddenly cool nights, and now a constant chill in the air. Winter is suddenly right around the corner, and as the evenings grow colder we begin to crave warmer and heartier foods.
One of my favorite cold weather dinners is chili. It is warm, satisfying, and allows you to mix and match ingredients to create endless different varieties.
Try to keep it healthy by using ground turkey instead of ground beef, and make sure to include at least one or two kinds of beans. The following is a great and easy chili recipe (most of it from cans), perfect for a lazy day.
1 pound ground turkey
½ onion diced
1 can black beans
1 can yellow corn (fresh or frozen is also great)
1 large can (or two small cans) diced or stewed tomatoes
1 jalapeno seeded and diced (optional)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 pinch of cayenne
Sautee the ground turkey with the onion until lightly browned. Drain and rinse the corn and black beans. Add the turkey mixture and all remaining ingredients to a large pot and let simmer for at least one hour, stirring occasionally (the longer it simmers, the thicker and more flavorful it will become).
Alternately, you could simply put all of the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it simmer all day long.
Serve it with whole-wheat tortillas and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt!