January 5, 2010

Chicken Chili

As promised, although a day late - here is the recipe for the Chicken Chili I made on Sunday. This recipe comes from the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook.

Chicken Chili
Makes 4 servings
8 points per serving

4 tsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red onion, chopped
3/4 pound ground chicken (I actually used ground turkey, it was on sale)
1 T all-purpose flour
1 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Three 14.5 oz cans crushed tomatoes (I used two quarts of homemade canned tomatoes)
2 T balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1. In a large nonstick dutch oven or saucepan, heat the oil. Saute the bell peppers and onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken; cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes.

2. Sprinkle with the flour, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder and cayenne; cook, stirring briskly and constantly, 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until thick, 30-40 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas; simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Per serving: 377 calories, 16g fat, 37 g carbs, 6g fiber, 25g protein

Add some shredded cheese to the top but don't forget to add in the points if you're following Weight Watchers!

January 3, 2010

Corn Chowder in the Wintertime

Winter is upon us here in Vermont. We received 33" so far and it's still snowing outside. The National Weather Service said we hit an all time high, or at least an all time high in the last 120 years, since they started tracking snowfall. I love snow but I don't love it this much!

When we get snow like this, all I want to do is snuggle inside the house with a cup of soup and a good movie. The New Year is upon us and so is my dedication to eating healthy and getting back on track with Weight Watchers. I made a batch of Corn Chowder and Chicken Chili for supper tonight. (I'll share the recipe for the Chicken Chili tomorrow). For now - here is the Corn Chowder one.

Corn Chowder
Makes 4 Servings, 4 Points each
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

2 slices turkey bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 onion, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 medium all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups whole corn kernels
1/4 cup light cream

1. In a medium nonstick saucepan, cook the bacon in 2 tablespoons water until crisp. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel; dicard the liquid.

2. Add the onion, bell pepper and 2 tsp water to the saucepan; saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are almost tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the corn; simmer 5 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.

3. Transfer 2 cups of the soup to a food processor or blender; puree. Pour back into the saucepan; stir in the cream and heat to a serving temperature. Serve, topped with the bacon pieces.

This was really yummy. It sure didn't taste "healthy" or like I was skimping in flavor at all.

As requested, Here are the nutritional values:
Per Serving (1 1/2 cups) 209 calories, 8 g Total Fat, 4g Saturated Fat, 22mg Cholesterol, 175mg Sodium, 30g Total Carbs, 4g Fiber, 6g Protein, 28mg Calcium.