Spicy Turkey Chili

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This is a staple meal in Texas where I am from. And one of the best things about chili is you can make it your own by tossing in your favorite veggies and protein. It’s virtually impossible to screw this meal up; but, if you do…well, just don’t tell anyone.

Ingredients:
● 5 oz extra lean ground turkey
● ¾ cup black beans (low sodium)
● ½ cup corn (steamed or low sodium canned)
● 1 packet McCormick’s Chili (low sodium)
● ⅓ cup tomato paste
● ⅓ cup diced tomatoes
● ¼ cup fresh basil (chopped, optional)
● 1 jalapeno pepper (diced, optional)
● Seasonings to taste: ½ tbsp paprika, cumin, cayenne, pepper
● Optional: 1 oz goat, feta or low-fat mozzarella cheese

Steps:
1. Season ground turkey with paprika, cumin, cayenne and pepper.
2. Set a skillet on medium heat and lightly spray with coconut oil. Add meat.
3. Chop the meat as it cooks in the skillet using a spatula. When the meat is nearly 80% finished cooking, toss in 1 serving of McCormick’s chili seasoning and tomato paste. Stir.
4. Add black beans (with some juice), corn, basil and any other veggie. It is ok to use frozen veggies.
5. Reduce the skillet to low heat and cover. Let it simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes.
6. Remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool. Top with cheese if desired.

Approx Macros without optional ingredients: 395 calories, 46g protein, 50g carbs, 3g fat

About the Author
photo 1 (1)Kevin is a fitness enthusiast out of Dallas, TX. When he saw himself in his friend’s Facebook photo he knew it was time to make a change. He was overweight, felt sluggish and had steadily rising blood pressure. So, he did what many people try to do – he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. He quickly learned through periods of weight cycling that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.

He started studying nutrition and got started cooking! In 2012 Kevin started a small blog to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas.

The blog was called Fit Men Cook and it had a simple message and belief system – “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”

Kevin firmly believes that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty!

Fit (Wo)Men Cook is the “fit” story of all of us. It is taking your individual success stories and things (in nutrition & fitness) that have worked for you, and sharing those ideas with the masses so we can all grow, improve together. Just everyday people – no matter the fitness level or athletic ability – aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating. Are you a Fit (Wo)Men Cook?

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