Warm satisfying soup for chilly evenings
These recipes from nutrition expert Catherine Katz qualify as healthy comfort food. For starters, most soup broth fills you up fast on fewer calories while delivering plenty of nutrients. Let these tasty recipes warm you up this winter. If you’re looking for vegan options, you’ll find plenty here.
Hearty Turkey Chili
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tsp chili powder
3 tsp cumin powder
1½ tsp ground thyme
½ tsp ground chipotle powder
⅛ tsp smoked paprika
2 bay leaves
1 lb extra lean ground turkey breast
1 tsp salt
1 (28oz) can ground tomatoes (no added oil or sugar)
1 tbsp tomato paste
4 cups fat free chicken broth
1 bottle (12oz) of dark beer of your choice
2 tbsp chopped green chilies (optional)
4 large (l lb -13 oz) cans small red beans, rinsed well and drained
3 tbsp stone-ground cornmeal
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1. Heat oil in a large cast-iron dutch oven (I like Le Creuset but any heavy bottom deep pan will do) over high heat, add the garlic and onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
2. Add the chili powder, ground cumin, thyme, chipotle, smoked paprika, and bay leaves and continue to sauté over medium heat for another 5 minutes.
3. Add the ground turkey & salt and brown for a few more minutes while stirring constantly, so the turkey doesn’t clump.
4. Add canned ground tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, beer, and green chilies (if using). Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and continue to simmer for a few minutes.
5. Add the drained beans to the pot and stir gently.
6. Continue to simmer covered for another 25-30 minutes.
7. Add the stone-ground cornmeal and balsamic vinegar and stir.
8. Turn off the heat and keep covered until ready to serve.
9. I like to let my chili “sit” before I serve it so that all the flavors blend even more together and the texture is nice and thick.