Monday, April 28, 2008


This is a great low-carb, low-fat and low calorie chili, and tastes great!!! And talk about easy to make!!!


Makes 9 servings

Cooking Spray, olive oil
2 cup onion, chopped
12 oz ground turkey
15 oz Beans, pinto, unsalted, fat free, canned, including liquid
15 oz Beans, kidney, unsalted, fat free, canned, drained
15 oz canned, unsalted, diced tomatoes, including liquid
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 oz Cheese, cheddar, fat free, shredded, optional


1. Coat a heavy saucepan with olive oil-flavored cooking spray.

2. Over medium heat, add onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in turkey, beans, and tomatoes. Add chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder.

3. Cook for 20 minutes reducing heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally.

4. Taste toward end of cooking time and adjust seasonings, if desired.

5. Sprinkle with a small amount of cheese, if desired.

Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 162.1, Total Carbs 18.1g, Dietary Fiber 6.9g, Sugars 3g, Total Fat 4.1g, Saturated Fat 1.2g, Unsaturated Fat 2.9g, Protein 12.7g, Sodium 77.3mg


Amber Neely said...

Dear Charlene,

I didn't know where else to post the comment, because you don't give a "Hey, write me fan mail" link. But I did find this link to your blogger, so I thought it'd be at least a decent way to give you a bit of a shout out.

Hi, my name is Amber Neely. I'm twenty one years old, and overweight. As a kid, I was really sick a lot of the time, and I was actually so skinny it was unhealthy. They narrowed down the problem to defective tonsils/adnoids that were causing sore throats and ear infections, which kept me unable to swallow food easily, or so nauseous that I had no apatite. So, at five years old, I went under the knife to have the offending organs removed. The ear aches and the sore throats stopped, but I soon after developed a horrible case of asthma, something I still battle to this day. To make matters worse, after the operation, my metabolism slowed down dramatically (Why is that? I've never had my thyroid checked. Huh. I should probably do that eventually), but this seemed to go relatively under the wire until at age twelve, when I had become what I would call "obese." Now at age twenty one, I stand somewhere between 4'11-5'2, and I weigh 252lbs. Eugh! I don't really have a problem with over-eating. If anything, I don't eat enough. For two weeks, I wrote down everything I ate, and my average caloric intake for the day was between 900-1100 calories. Most of it coming from milk, lean meat, and wheat breads. I don't eat fast food (I have a problem with grease used for frying/cooking, so that cuts out all fried French fries, chicken, and most mass produced food), I don't really care for sweet foods, and I drink a lot of water. Basically, I eat healthy, but my metabolism is so low, that I either gain weight or maintain my unhealthy chubb.

The thing is, my -appearance- never really bothered me. I've never had a problem getting a boyfriend. I've dated guys from jocks, to preps, to trendy scientists. But happily enough, at age 20, I eloped with my best friend of eight years. I slipped into comfortable housewifery, something that I'd always wanted to do. Now, I'd been working out casually while we lived together, and after he got sent to Korea (He's an air force boy) and I moved back with my parents, my best girl pal and I started taking walks again. Unfortunately, due to circumstances and a long backstory, the boy and I have decided to go our separate ways. So, now I'm single again. Seriously, whats that all about? Now I have to put myself back on the market (so to speak, I'm not really worried about a relationship. I'm pretty independent, and I mean, come on. I'm twenty one. No rush here.)

I don't have a problem with self-esteem. Ask just about anyone I know, and they'll tell you I'm high-energy, outgoing, and super-mega-ultra confident. At 4'11, you have to be all ego to get noticed. However, clothes for girls my size aren't exactly.. hot. Not that I wanna be showing off washboard abs and some thong or anything. Because I don't. I'm not looking to define myself only by my appearance. But shedding 100-130lbs of my weight would be an awesome goal, seeing as I'd look a bit more proportional for my size, and I'd be able to at least by nice dress clothes that didn't make me look like an old lady.

It was sometime in the last two weeks that I saw your commercial for Turbo Jam, and I was skeptical. However, I love music, and you weren't preaching that I was going to drop all my weight within the first two weeks. Basically, you and everyone in your crew seemed to be enjoying themselves. Well, since the divorce, I was left jobless and with sixteen dollars in my pocket. I couldn't buy the tapes. So, I called up a friend of mine who I knew had an impressive collection of work out videos (though, she never works out. Ever. She just seems to buy these sorts of things.), and asked her if she had your DVDs. Happily enough, she did. So, last week, she came by and dropped them off. Friday, I reluctantly tried them out.

I'm horrible at it. I cannot keep up. I cannot 'goove to the beat.' I lag behind everyone else so terribly that I often have to stop and count "one-two-three-four" and jump back in (Yeah, I was in marching band.), only to fall out of the rythem and have to do it all over again. I get exhausted and sweaty and making it through the half hour or so seems to drive me insane.

And I love it. I know that I'll get better with the rhythem. Right now I'm still learning the moves. Its hard, and I feel the tightness in my muscles later in the day (I'm a morning work out'er). But you're right. It doesn't really feel much like working out. It feels like corriography, which I'm kinda into, so I find myself smiling even though I know that I have to look rediculous, flailing about, behind you by two or three steps. But I enjoy it, and it sounds weird, but I think that theres a chance that I've already lost a little weight. If I were rich, I'd hire you as my personal trainer for the next six months, but I suppose I'll just have to deal with the DVDs, seeing as I'm not so rich =P

So... Thanks. Maybe I'll let you know how its going a few months down the line.

Sincerely from the bottom of my heart,
-Amber Neely

PS: Thank you for being high-energy, but not annoying. I was kind of afraid of that.

MsIvie said...

Mmmm...this chili sounds really yummy! Can't wait to try it!

Amanda Marshall p6 said...

Oooh, I'm so glad you posted this!!
I tried making one the other day and...well...didn't turn out so well, and I've been craving chili!! I know that's strange (who accually CRAVES chili..).. anyways Thanks..


I am a 17 year old girl who has been doing your program for quite awhile now..

I've always been heavy my whole life, and after doing your program with a diet (of course)and losing close to 100 pounds, you, and your program have dramatically changed my life.. So much that dramatically isn't even a strong enough word..

I wanted to write you this comment firstly to tell you I'm glad you put this recipe up (haha) & to thank you for making a program like this that is fun, and upbeat and keeps even a 17 year old girl interested.

Nita said...

This turned out great, Chalene! I made it last night. Sure hoping to still make it to camp this summer!