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Dine In: Game-day, low-fat chili


Are you ready for some football?

Well, this time of year, that’s a silly question, especially here in the south. So this weekend, whether you’re headed to a Pop Warner Saturday-afternoon  game or a high school matchup under the Friday night lights, or just huddling in front of the TV to catch your favorite pro or college team, you need a meal that’s hearty and easy to eat, yet doesn’t require hours in the kitchen – so the cook doesn’t miss kickoff, either.

Chili is my go-to dish for game days. But in September, while the weather is still more on the summer end  of the temperature gauge than things than fall, I prefer a lighter, healthier version of the winter classic. This Turkey, Corn and Black Bean chili (http://brookshires.mywebgrocer.com/RecipeDetails.aspx?C1=35&C2=94&recipeID=52107&Pos=36&s=164423423&g=0dd3aa9e-62e9-4985-b536-f2453b8f7f64&uc=DC97B) fits the bill.

It’s naturally lower in fat, thanks to the use of ground turkey. It gets added fiber from corn. And thanks to shortcuts like prepared salsa and canned chicken stock, it can get thrown together in just a few minutes, and can be ready to serve in less than an hour. (Like all chilis, however, this one is even better after the flavors have melded, so if you have time, make it the night before you plan to serve it, and simply reheat before gametime.)

At mealtime, make it a buffet! Let everyone serve themselves by setting out bowls of shredded cheese, sour cream, lightly crushed corn chips, chopped onions, sliced jalapenos salsa and hot sauce, along with some warmed flour tortillas or a pan of cornbread.  After all, the game’s on!

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