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Healthy Living: Slow Cooker Lean, Clean Chili

I find it more difficult to be healthy during the colder months.

Well-protected by a camouflaging layer of sweaters, jackets and scarves, it’s easy to curl up by the fire and fantasize about cinnamon rolls, baked potato soup, chicken and dumplings, cheesy lasagna and warm apple pie.

However, those aren’t always the healthiest options and can easily result in layers of fat camouflaging lean muscle mass!

It’s often easy to slim down your favorite recipes, like the slow cooker chili. The recipe calls for lean ground beef. I honestly prefer the turkey and have even used ground chicken as well.

One of the keys to this recipe is making sure you drain the fat from the meat, no matter how lean, before adding it to the slow cooker. You won’t have a lot, but it will save calories and fat.

You can also use organic canned beans and tomatoes, if available.

I’ve found this is actually better the second day, so double the recipe if you want an abundance of delicious leftovers.

Slow Cooker Lean, Clean Chili

1 large onion, chopped
2 small green bell peppers, chopped
olive oil cooking spray
1 lb extra lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 Tbs tomato paste
2 cups water
2 tsp chili powder

Add chopped onions and green peppers to medium-sized pan sprayed with olive oil spray, and cook until onions are translucent and peppers are soft. Add ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Sauté until beef is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. Drain any fat.

Add beef mixture to slow cooker. Add in remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Cook on high setting for 4 hours or low setting for 6-8 hours.

Serve with plain non-fat Greek yogurt.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 694, Calories from Fat: 56, Fat: 6 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 43 mg, Sodium: 343 mg, Potassium: 2957 mg, Carbohydrates: 110 g, Fiber: 28 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 51 g.

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