I was always an insanely picky eater as a kid (somewhere my mother is reading this going, “Oh my god, yes.). I definitely never liked chili. But I’m guessing that’s because I only ever tried canned chili.. which.. just looks like dog food.
But now that I’m older, I’ve been trying a lot more and taking dishes I didn’t use to like and making them in my own way. Which has resulted in my eating a lot of things I never thought I would. Chili being one of them.
This chili is great, it’s full of lean ground turkey, veggies, and lentils. It’s a great healthy option for chili lovers and it tastes amazing.
- 1 tbsp grape seed oil
- ½ pound ground turkey
- ½ sweet onion
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 small zucchini, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- ½ jalapeño, seeded and chopped
- ½ cup lentils
- ½ tbsp chili powder
- ½ tbsp paprika
- ½ bottle beer (6 oz) (and drink the other 6 oz. go on, you deserve it!)
- 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- juice of 1 lime
- optional: cheese (cheddar or Gouda are recommended)
- Cook lentils according to instructions on bag.
- Meanwhile, in a large, deep pan, or pot, heat the grape seed oil and add ground turkey.
- Brown on medium high, stirring occasionally.
- Once turkey is browned, add in onion, garlic, zucchini, bell pepper and jalapeño and season with a bit of pepper.
- Stir in cooked lentils and season with paprika and chili powder.
- Cook until the veggies are softened
- Stir in beer and cook until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the tomatoes, thyme and lime juice and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Turn off heat and you're ready to serve.
- Optional: Serve with cheese.
Adapted from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition.
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