Guilt Free Chocolate Milk and Beanless Turkey Chili ~ light recipes

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Thanks to Sheila Hillman for this recipe

Guilt Free Chocolate Milk

Mix the following in a blender or the easy way use a electric hand blender.
1 1/2 cups milk ( your favorite since whole milk has a lower glycemic index than skim milk)
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 to 1/2 teaspoons agave(it is an all natural low glycemic sweetner located in most stores next to sugar and looks like honey.
I like mine cold but could heat it for hot cocoa. Tastes great without insulin spikes.


Thanks to Kate for this recipe

Beanless Turkey Chili

3 lb. ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
26 oz. tomato/spaghetti sauce (flavored if you wish, I use garlic & herb)
16 oz. (or 2x8oz cans) tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4-1/3 bottle diet cola (0 calorie/0 carb version, I used Pepsi Max or Coke Zero) approx. 5-8 oz.
1 1/2 tsp. hot sauce (more or less to taste)
2 tsp. crushed/diced/chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
2-3 Tbsp. kosher salt (to your taste)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. chili powder

Make as you would regular chili. I like to brown the meat with the vegetables in a skillet with about 2 Tbsp. olive oil (and drain off the excess liquid.) I Add about half of the seasonings to the meat, stir and cook a minute or two longer, then put it in a crock pot. Then I add the sauces/liquids and the rest of the seasoning and cook on high for an hour or two, then switch to low until we are ready to eat it. (This way I can make it when I have time in the morning or early afternoon, and we can eat it before running around to activities in the evening.)

This recipe is not only lower in calories, carbs and fat than regular chili (substituting turkey for the beef and not adding any sugar) but also cost-friendly, since ground turkey costs less than ground beef!

You could also add beans if you wish. We just don’t like them.

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