high-protein chili

 

Makes 8 servings

[Each serving contains: 430 calories, 40 grams protein, 35 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fiber (25% of daily recommended intake), and 11 grams of fat.  Plus 65% of daily recommended iron and over 100% of vitamin B12]

Ingredients:
1. 2 cups onion, chopped
2. 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
3. 8 cloves garlic, minced
4. 1lb ground turkey
5. 1lb beef (preferably grass-fed)
6. 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
7. 2 Tbs chilli powder
8. 1 Tbs ground cumin
9. 3 Tbs tomato paste
10. 2 tsp dried oregano
11. 1 tsp black pepper
12. 1 tsp salt
13. 2 bay leaves
14. 1 ¼ cup merlot
15. 2, 28oz cans of plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
16. 2 (15oz) cans beans (I used 1 can cannellini, 1 can pink kidney), drained

Directions:
1. Heat a large stockpot over medium heat. 
2. Add first 6 ingredients to the pot and allow to cook about 8 minutes, or until meat has browned. 
3. Add your spices, stirring well to combine (ingredients 7-12).
4. Add the remaining ingredients and bring pot to a boil.
5. Cover, reduce heat to low, and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Uncover and cook another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
7. Discard bay leaves and serve with any of your favorite toppings.
8. Store remaining chili in an air-tight container in the freezer, to remove and reheat over the stove or in the microwave all week.

Mix things up each night with different toppings:

Plain Greek yogurt
Avocado
Cheddar cheese
Salsa
Tortilla chips
Lettuce
Bell peppers
Chives