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Kelli Cicirelli

Feeling chilly? Let chili warm you

By Kelli Cicirelli

Three-bean chili is a comforting dinner on wintery nights.

As cold weather settles in, it's natural to crave warm and savory comfort food--the kind that sticks to your ribs and warms you from the inside out.

Problem is, comfort food has a way of expanding our waistlines until they are, well, uncomfortable. Factor in increasing food prices, and finding a crowd-pleasing, delicious and comforting dish that doesn’t break the bank can be a challenge.

Here’s a favorite from the ROC-NH recipe box that meets all of the above criteria. It’s great for football Sunday with a group, or a simple mid-week meal (with bonus leftovers for lunch the next day). It's cost-effective at about $2 a serving, with only 260 calories and a whopping 25 grams of protein.

And the taste? Yum.

Three Bean Comfort Chili

1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 large onion, diced
1 pepper (red or green), diced
3 or 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 T cumin powder
2 T chili powder
1 can diced tomatoes (with chilis or garlic is nice)
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can cannellini (white kidney) beans (or great northern beans, similar)
2 T balsamic vinegar

Cook the ground beef or turkey with the onion, pepper and garlic until meat is browned. Drain excess fat.

Sprinkle meat mixture with cumin and chili, cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and juice.

Open the beans and drain liquid from the top of the cans. Add all beans to meat/tomato mixture and cook on low for about 10 minutes.

Add balsamic vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and/or shredded cheese, corn bread, tortilla chips, guacamole. Makes about 6 servings.

These are my favorite types of recipes: delicious, economic and healthy. Do you have a recipe to share with cooperative readers? Please send them along. We will make the dish for the ROC-NH team (they’ll eat anything!) and we will post photos of the yummy results. If you try the chili recipe, let us know what you think.

Kelli Cicirelli is a ROC-NH™ Organizational Development Specialist.

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