Trick-or-Treat Chili

Halloween is just around the corner, so there’s bound to be a lot of sweet treats to tempt people. That’s OK because as far as I’m concerned, all food fit in a healthy diet. Especially foods such as chili.

But there will be some people who will find it a challenge to eat healthy with all of that candy at their fingertips. That doesn’t have to be the case.

The following chili recipe from Elizabeth Edelman, resident culinary expert and healthy eating guru at Diabetes Daily (www.diabetesdaily.com/recipes/), is a healthy adaptation of an old favorite.

I’m a chili aficionado and look forward to give the recipe a try. It contains ground beef, pork and turkey as well as lots of peppers, beans and tomatoes, three essentials for good chili.
Trick-or-Treat Chili
½ pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 1- ounce can stewed tomatoes
2 cans red kidney beans (or equivalent of cooked dried kidney beans)
2 cans cannellini beans (or equivalent of cooked dried cannellini beans)
1 jar Peppadews
2 jars Vlasic pickled cherry peppers
2 tablespoons good quality chili powder
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the ground beef, the ground pork, and the ground turkey and season to taste with the salt and pepper. Cook until all of the meat is cooked through.
Add the crushed tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, kidney beans, cannellini beans, the Peppadews with their juices, the cherry peppers only adding the juice of one of the jars), the chili powder and the crushed red pepper if using. Bring to a boil and lower the heat and simmer, cooking for about an hour or so, tasting for seasonings after about 30 minutes.
Yield: Serves 10.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 472 calories, 52 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams dietary fiber, 10 grams sugars, 16 grams fat (5 grams saturated), 604 milligrams sodium, 34 grams protein.

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