The first weeks of September are always a study in controlled chaos in my house. The kids are back in school, which means there are new forms to fill out, new supplies to buy and sort, and new schedules to configure and  remember. The wall calendar hanging my kitchen looks like it’s been attacked by an army of markers, each colorful notation indicating an engagement, commitment or appointment. By the end of the day I’m so tired, all I want to do is crawl into my bed with some takeout.

Except, I know that when I eat a healthy home cooked dinner I feel better, sleep better and wake up the next morning ready to tackle my day, which is why this turkey chili—which you can cook once on, say, a Sunday, and eat all week—is the perfect solution to busy fall nights. Plus, if you have a football fan in the house, think about subbing this nutritious, lightened-up version of the classic meat and cheese bowl. This version includes a can of green chilies, which gives it a hint of Tex-Mex charm, but feel free to omit them and sub in your favorite chili spices.



Makes 4 Meals


Vegetable oil cooking spray large onion, chopped
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or water)
1 can (28 oz) no-sugar-added crushed tomatoes
1 red bell pepper, sliced (plus more for garnish, if desired)
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 orange bell pepper, sliced package (8 oz) white mushrooms, sliced thick
1 lb ground turkey breast
1 can (4 oz) green chiles
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped tsp
2 tsp ground oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
1 chopped fresh tomato (optional)
chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


In a large skillet lightly coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat, sauté onion, stirring frequently, until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. add broth and continue cooking until soft, about 3 minutes more. add crushed tomatoes, bell peppers and mushrooms; cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. add turkey, chiles, garlic, oregano and cumin. continue cooking, breaking turkey into small pieces with a spoon, until turkey is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes more. divide into 4 meals. Top with tomato, cilantro and peppers before eating, if desired.

Editor’s note: If following The Model Trainer Method, enjoy chili with the indicated servings of starch or fat source.


A delicious, just-spicy-enough bowl with a side of homemade whole-wheat pita chips.
A delicious, just-spicy-enough bowl with a side of homemade whole-wheat pita chips.