No matter where you are, it’s winter. For some this means 6* F with 4 inches of snow on the ground, and for others this means 48* F and rain. Either way, it’s cold and most of us enjoy being inside and long for comfort food.
I want to encourage you to move a little bit more today than you did yesterday. Whether this is by doing 25 crunches, 3 times throughout the day, or walking in place for 5 minute increments while watching tv tonight. Walk to the printer a few extra times at work today, or even walk the stairs after eating your lunch for the extra 4 minutes you have left on your lunch break. I guarantee that if we start this now, and keep it up throughout the year, we will most definitely notice health improvements.
Today, I have for you a delicious recipe that is rich in protein, has 2 servings of vegetables in it, and is really easy to trick kids and even husbands into eating! I’m calling it Cowboy Chili and I promise you will make this multiple times throughout the rest of this winter. This recipe definitely has a little kick to it, but that factor makes it a very satisfying dinner which leads to smaller portions. It’s a win-win!
Cowboy Chili: Serves 4
- 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
- 1 Large Green Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Small White Onion
- 2 Roma Tomatoes
- 2 Large Scallions
- 1 Can of Organic Dice Tomatoes with Green Chiles
- 2 Cups of Water
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp. Paprika
- 1 tsp. Onion powder
- 1 Can of Organic Black Beans
- 1/2 Cup Mexican Cheese
- In a large fry pan, crumble and brown the ground beef.
- Once browned, strain the meat from it’s fat in a colander.
- Return meat to the fry pan, add onion and garlic powder, paprika and water.
- Cover the pan and cook on low for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In the mean time, chop up your pepper, tomatoes, onion and scallions.
- In a medium size sauce pan, combine meat and vegetables.
- Cover the sauce pan and cook on low for about 5 minutes.
- Add into the sauce pan 1 cup of water and canned tomatoes.
- Cook for about 10 minutes on low, still covered.
- Rinse your black beans and then add them to your chili.
- Cover your chili and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
- Enjoy with cheese sprinkled LIGHTLY on top or in a homemade bread bowl.
** If you find this chili to be to spicy, just simply add 1/2 Cup more water in steps 3 & 8 **
I can see little ones enjoying this meal dressed up in their own versions of cowboys and cowgirls. It really is a meal that can be turned into a fun family night with a little creativity. Also, another perk of this dish is that the green chili’s boost metabolism!
Calories: 283 Carbs: 24 grams Fiber: 6 grams Protein: 20 grams Fat: 11 grams Sodium: 477 mg.