This new installment of Trainer Tidbits is brought to you by FitRec Personal Trainer, Joshua Szopinski. Josh knows the comfort that a good warm meal can bring when enjoyed during the cold months of winter.  He is sharing one of his favorite winter recipes because it provides that comfort while also packing in the nutrition.

Who doesn’t love a warm meal in the middle of winter?

This is a dish that is pretty healthy, has wonderful flavor, and warms you up! I found this interesting spin on the traditional chili on a cooking website, but I really like that it is so easy to alter some ingredients! This chili isn’t a huge meaty dish, in fact there is no meat at all in this! The ingredients are mostly vegetables, but they will fill you up and give you some of the nutrition you are looking for! While it is similar to chili, the flavor actually has a subtle sweetness to it! Besides who doesn’t like a nice warm dish this winter?

It doesn’t hurt to give it a try! Let me know what you think!

Shared by Joshua Szopinski – FitRec Personal Trainer

Half-Hour Chili

Ingredients:
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 3 medium onions, chopped
• 1 large carrot, chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• 1-2 tablespoons of chili powder
• 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
• 1 28-ounce can of chopped/ diced tomatoes (make sure it has the juices in the can)
• 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon of salt
• 2 15-ounce cans of red kidney beans, rinsed
• 1/3 cup of bulgur/ 1-2 cups of brown rice
Garnish Options:
• 1/2 cup of nonfat plain yogurt
• 1/3 cup of scallions
• 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
• 1 tablespoon of finely chopped jalapeño

Directions:
1. Start by opening the cans of red kidney beans and rinsing them in the sink, set to side and let drain.
2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Swirl the oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Add carrots, onions, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Stir often while cooking, until the onions and carrots are soft. Usually about 5-8 minutes for me.
3. Add the tomatoes (with the juices), sugar, and salt. Cook for 5 minutes over high heat.
4. Reduce heat; stir in the beans and bulgur (If your making it with brown rice make that separate). Let it simmer until it thickens, 15-20 minutes (Sometimes the tomatoes make extra juice when it simmers). Top with favorite garnish (I like adding jalapeño to mine)

Shared by FitRec Personal Trainer – Joshua Szopinski
Recipe taken from EatingWell.com – http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/247504/half-hour-chili/

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