Wednesday, January 13, 2016

White Bean Chili | Blogger C.L.U.E. Society

Happy New Year!  I can’t seem to say it enough.  I am looking forward to a great year ahead.  A lot of folks vow to eat healthier and exercise more.  That is a motto I always like to follow even if it is a not new year.  Do I always practice?  I wish the answer was yes, but I do pretty well, not perfect. 

Speaking of healthy, that is our theme for this month’s edition of Blogger C.L.U.E. Society “Eat Healthy”.  This month I was matched with Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch.  She lives in the Denver area and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She loves cooking, wine and talking about both – my kind of friend. Lea Ann can cook.  If we lived closer, I can tell we would be fast friends.  She has a vast abundance of tasty recipes on her site which made this challenge a challenge. Since it has been chilly here in the Bay Area and El Nino has finally hit – YEAH – I thought a healthy soup would be perfect.

I decided to make her White Bean Chili that originally came from Giada.  After reviewing the ingredients, I made a few changes to put my stamp on this tasty recipe.  I used ground turkey instead of ground chicken and omitted the corn.  I increased the spices and eliminated the fennel seed simply because I forgot to buy it at the store.  I garnished with sour cream (since hubby loves sour cream), cilantro and avocado – also a hint of fresh lime.  It did not call for any sort of tomato like a traditional chili, but I certainly did not miss it.  The end result was nothing short of excellent. Thank you Lea Ann for this wonderful recipe!

White Bean Chili

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, medium dice
6 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 lbs Ground Turkey
1 teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
3 Tablespoons Flour
2 (15 oz cans) Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
1 bunch (about 1 pound) Swiss chard, stems removed and leaves chopped
4 Cups Chicken Stock
¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Sour Cream, Cilantro, Lime and Avocado

In a large Dutch oven or alike, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for one minute.

Add the ground turkey, 1 teaspoon of salt, cumin, oregano and chili powder.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the turkey is cooked through, about 8 minutes.

Stir the flour into the turkey mixture.  Add the beans, Swiss chard and chicken stock.  Bring mixture to a simmer, scraping up the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

Simmer for 55 to 60 minutes until the liquid has reduced by about half and the chili has thickened.

Add the red pepper flakes and simmer another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle the chili into serving bowls and garnish with sour cream, cilantro and sliced avocados.  Squeeze a bit of lime on top.  Enjoy!

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    1. It is bitterly cold here this morning and this comforting white bean chili would certainly hit the spot. It looks amazing!!!

    2. Love your photos. That's one of my favorite soups, good choice! I have friends that live in Danville so I've been hearing about your weather. Nice cooking with your for January.

    3. It's very cold right now (I'm actually wrapped up in an afghan) so I'd love a bowl of that chili right now. I prefer white bean over the tomato-based stuff any day!

    4. This sounds like a great soup to enjoy on our rainy days!

    5. This sounds amazing. I love the addition of chard to this soup.

    6. Love the Swiss chard in this!!!!! Happy 2016!

    7. You know I have a meh relationship with salads so I'm excited to see this hearty chili in this month's healthy eats round up! Happy New Year friend, hope to see you soon!

    8. We just had a very similar chili for dinner tonight! Excellent choice.

    9. I'm so glad for El Nino - we've been able to enjoy wonderful soups, stews, and comfort food. This sounds wonderful and I'm going to try to make it this weekend.

      Happy New Year!


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