Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Macro Friendly Turkey Chili

I'm trying this macronutrient counting thing.  I've heard about it for months and I knew nothing about it.  Zip.  I didn't pay much attention because I operate on a need to know basis.

It's my key to sanity and survival while I work full time with four kids in school and athletics.

I decided, after listening to my friend at a basketball game, to try macro counting.  She lost weight, felt good and didn't feel it was too difficult.  While I don't have a ton of weight to lose, and I run four miles just about every day, I knew I needed something.

My body wasn't changing and I wasn't losing or gaining.  I'm just here, like everyday, looking the same no matter what my daily workout. 

Bring in the food scale and myfitnesspal. 

I'm not going to dive into the details of macro counting because there are far more credible, knowledgable sources you can turn to for more information.  I'll just say that so far I love it, I feel awesome and I'm excited to see where this takes me.

With counting macros, my meals have transformed.  I haven't cut anything out of my diet, but to make hitting my numbers easier I'm trying new recipes.  This homemade turkey chili was delicious, and I love how much protein it packs in one cup.  I love even more that it was so filling one cup was all I needed.

As I try new foods and recipes I love I'll be sure to share.  For now, here's the lowdown on the chili (I even counted out all the macro information, making this super easy for anyone who wants to make it!):

(This recipe makes 6 one cup servings)

1 can diced tomatoes 
1 can low sodium red kidney beans 
1 can tomato paste 
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1 McCormick Chili packet
1/4 medium red onion
Garlic, salt and pepper to taste
Nonstick cooking spray ( I use Smart Balance non GMO)

For nutritional reasons, these are the cans/brands I used: 

Spray large pot with nonstick cooking spray, saute onions over medium heat. Stir in turkey, cook until no longer pink.  Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato paste and McCormick Chili packet.  Add salt, pepper and garlic to taste.  

I did not add salt, I only added pepper and garlic.

Turn heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes.  

Nutritional Information:

Calories (1 cup): 212
Fat: 1.25g
Carbs: 21.5g
Protein: 26.5g
Sodium: 313.75g
Sugar: 5.8g
Fiber: 7.5g

This was delicious.  Even better on the second day!  Enjoy!