Hey friends! I have missed you all very much. We recently moved back to Chicago and the past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind. I’ve been settling into my new life, catching up with my wonderful friends, hanging with the family, reacquainting myself with American culture (driving, Trader Joe’s, reality TV), setting up some very exciting stuff for this coming year – such as the re-launch of my cleanse program (see bottom of page for details), and finally starting to find time to spend with one of my favorite things… food.
This chipotle chili is an easy, one-pot meal (which I adore) that is delicious, comforting, and obviously super healthy. I have already made this chili twice since our shipment from London with all my kitchen supplies arrived two weeks ago. My secret ingredient is fennel, which may sound strange in a chili but I promise it is divine. Fennel, commonly used in Italian cooking, is crunchy with a slightly licorice taste when raw. However, cooked fennel takes on a sweeter more mild flavor which works nicely with the smoky chipotle chilies. Fennel is low in calories, high in fiber and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and manganese.
Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1.5 cups chili)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobe
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 (14.5 ounce) cans no-salt added diced tomatoes, with liquid
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup of water
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, fennel, peppers, and garlic and cook for 12-15 minutes, until vegetables are soft but not browned. Stir in chipotle peppers, oregano, chili powder, and salt and cook for an additional one minute. Add remaining ingredients and gently simmer over low heat for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. Garnish with shredded cheese if desired and serve.
Nutritional facts per serving (serving size: 1.5 cups chili): 249 calories, 5.6 g total fat, 310 mg sodium, 40 g total carbohydrates, 10 g sugar, 11 g fiber, 34 g protein
BALANCE IT OUT: This hearty chipotle chili is the perfect one-pot meal. Serve with whole-grain bread, baked tortilla chips, or a side salad.
Spring Into Wellness Cleanse: I am very excited to be partnering again with my good friend and personal trainer, Michelle Cushing, to host our second annual Spring into Wellness Cleanse. Our 21-day invigorating program is an effective and highly educational way to get you feeling your absolute best while setting a path for lifelong success.
We’ll be hosting a free workshop in February where you can learn more about cleansing. Stay tuned, for more information on our cleanse and details for the February workshop!