Dukan Friendly Chili

It’s that time of year again, cold weather blowing in, the leaves are changing and oh wait, I live in Florida, what am I talking about?!  Ok so the A/C has been off for the better part of the month, the leaves on the dogwood tree across the street are kinda sorta changing but that’s about the only one.  I have been sitting out in the front yard in a loud Hawaiian print beach chair reading most of my days off and letting the dogs play, most of the neighbors seem to have similar ideas about enjoying the weather, a lot of the kids are out running around after school these days too.  My mother in law treated us to dinner last weekend and made a really good chili that made me want more chili!  Since we’re still working on phase 2 we shouldn’t be making beans a frequent part of our meals just yet.  They’re not prohibited from the diet later on but right now they’re a carb-dense choice.  I have a hard time imagining any good chili that doesn’t have beans in it though so I set out to find one.  I adapted this recipe from Food.com titled “No Bean Chili”.  An instant crock-pot favorite, I think this chili can hold its own so let’s get to it!

Messy Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork or lean ground beef
  • 1 lb turkey sausage
  • 28 oz can diced tomato – low sodium
  • 15 oz crushed tomato – low sodium
  • 2 onions chopped medium-fine
  • 1-2 large green bell peppers
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 – 6 tsp chili powder
  • 1 TBS crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp cayenne*more if you’re feeling like more kick
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 8 oz tomato sauce* if the sauce looks too thick, add at the end of cooking

In a pan on medium-high, brown the meat.  Instead of mixing all the turkey sausage spices with the turkey before browning, I just added them into the pan so the pork/beef got a sausage spice too.  Drain off all the fat before adding to the crock-pot.  Stir in everything else (except the tomato sauce) and cover.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Top with fat-free sour cream and maybe try baking a spaghetti squash to go with it as a base!  I did and it added fiber and filling as well as soaked up all the lovely juices.  Not too hard, Dukan Diet worthy stage 2, Cruise Phase, and higher!  Sorry!  No photos, I got ahead of myself and cooked it, split it all up into meals for work and forgot to get a pic real quick! Use your imagination, its meat, veggies and a lot of tomato that looks like chili.  🙂

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