Like your chili spicy? Serve it with Tabasco or cayenne pepper sauce on the side. / Renee Comet / USA WEEKEND
This chili recipe is my way of wishing you a new year full of luck, prosperity, health and happiness.
Luck and prosperity are represented by the black-eyed peas — which have long been a symbol of good fortune in the South and are traditionally eaten on Jan. 1 to ensure a prosperous year to come. By adding the nutrient-packed pea to a hearty turkey chili that’s reduced in fat and calories, you’re already starting 2013 on a healthier note. And the happiness? It comes from serving a dish that is satisfying, easy to make and family-friendly. With food, does it get any better than that?
Black-Eyed Pea Chili
• 1 Tb. canola oil
• 1 large onion, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 pound lean ground turkey
• 1 large green bell pepper, diced
• 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
• 1 Tb. chili powder
• 1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
• 1 (28-ounce) can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, with juice
• ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
• ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream
• ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more.
Add the turkey and cook, breaking it up with the spoon, until it is no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper, jalapeño pepper and chili powder, and cook for 1 minute more.
Add the black-eyed peas, tomatoes and chicken broth or water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring a few times, until the ingredients soften and meld, 20 minutes. Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro leaves.
Yield: 4 servings
Per serving (1½ cups): 400 calories, 37g carbohydrates, 31g protein, 17g fat (4.5g saturated), 8g fiber, 95mg cholesterol, 660mg sodium
Contributing editor and registered dietitian Ellie Krieger is best known as the host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite. Her most recent cookbook is Comfort Food Fix: Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy.