Seeing how my metabolism just isn’t quite what it used to be, I’ve been eating a lot of lean turkey and zoodles (zucchini noodles) in a bid to cut calories. I’ve tried spaghetti-style zoodles with turkey meatballs, baked zucchini fries, ground turkey stir-fry, etc. Recently, I made Simple Turkey Chili from All Recipes (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/
Now for the disclaimer: I rarely follow a recipe to a T. In my early days of cooking, I used to follow recipes exactly as written. If I didn’t have a particular ingredient, I would go through the trouble of running out to the store to grab it (even if I needed just a tablespoon of the stuff and might never use the rest of it again!). After I became more comfortable with cooking and experimenting, I realized that it’s very easy to modify recipes and make them your own. I can’t remember something being inedible just because I substituted or omitted an ingredient or two. If anything, experimenting makes cooking more fun!
With Simple Turkey Chili, I simply omitted the canned beans (since my husband does not care for beans). Because we like things a bit spicy, I added a 4-ounce can of diced green chilies. Finally, because I prefer my soups, stews, and chili a little on the thick and chunky side, I reduced the water to 1½ cups (instead of using 2 cups). I topped with fat-free shredded cheddar cheese and fat-free sour cream.
The results? Pretty satisfying. I won’t rate the original recipe since I made changes, but truthfully I don’t think it should taste drastically different from the original. It was quick and easy to throw together and quite filling. Some reviewers stated that it will taste even better the next day (after the flavors have melded overnight), but usually after eating it for lunch and then again for dinner, I have nothing left for the next day.
If you’ve always made your chili using ground beef, give lean ground turkey a try. It’s just as flavorful!