November is here! I immediately associate the month of November with the holiday season, and I for one am not ashamed to admit that my roommate and I put up a Christmas tree in our apartment the other day. With the true start of the holiday season fast approaching, I find myself drawn to warm, hearty comfort foods at the end of a long day. The term “comfort foods” generally conjures up thoughts of cheesy mexican food, pizza and fresh-out-of-the-oven desserts. Although all of these foods are delicious, lets face it, they are probably not the healthiest. When I came across the recipe for a lightened-up chili on Pinch of Yum, I knew it would be the perfect way to quench my craving for comfort food without feeling weighted down.
Most of the ingredients the recipe calls for I already had in my pantry, with the exception of the fresh produce and protein. I did slightly alter the recipe by using a store bought all-natural, rotisserie chicken, instead of preparing the chicken breasts myself. The rotisserie chicken added great flavor to the chili and was incredibly tender. I would highly recommend it for someone who is short on time or does not like preparing protein themselves!
When the soup is done you can garnish it however you like! Some great toppings are tortilla strips, cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro. Even though it is a lighter take on chili, it is still very satisfying and filling. My roommate loved it and gave it two thumbs up! The recipe serves five, so I had plenty left over for the rest of the week. I was so pleased with the result that I plan to make it again to put in my freezer as a quick dinner on busy nights.
As you can see by the nutritional info, the chili is a great, nutrient-rich option for a healthy dinner. The chili is chock-full of fresh vegetables and protein, making it a great alternative to frozen or canned chilies that are typically laced with preservatives. Therefore, you can enjoy the chili and still have room for dessert!