dairy free · gluten free

Beef Chili with Greens

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// super food? how about super meal. that’s exactly what this meal is. // nutrients focus::  just one serving (a cup of chili) is a high source of these Vitamins and Minerals:: A, B6, B12, K, C, Folate, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Choline, Potassium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Selenium, and Zinc // good source of Vitamin E and Calcium // basically it only falls short in Vitamin D (which is not naturally present in most foods, so this is no big surprise) // macro-wise, 1 serving (1 cup) :: 26 g PRO, 9 g Total fat (3 g saturated), 27 g CHO, 10 g Fiber (287 kcals total per 1 cup of chili)

& the best part, besides using just one pot & being incredibly wholesome as a meal, it’s just $1.70 per serving!

Nutrient-Dense Beef Chili with Greens

Ingredients & Kitchen Tools:

  • 1 packet of McCormick Gluten-Free Chili Seasoning
  • 2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • 2, 14.5 oz cans of Diced Tomatoes
  • 2, 15.5 oz cans of Red Kidney Beans
  • 4 cups of greens (Kale, Mustard or Collard Greens*I used a mix of all 3)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 large white onion
  • 3 cups of water
  • Large Pot

Prep:: Wash Onion, Carrots, and Greens. Dice Onion. Slice Carrots. Drain and Rinse Beans :: Total Prep and Cooking Time: 1 hour and 15 Minutes:: Yield: 9, 1 cup servings::

  1. in the large pot, brown beef and onions
  2. combine chili seasoning with the onions and beef
  3. pour in tomatoes, beans, and water & stir
  4. bring to a boil
  5. add carrots and greens
  6. simmer for 1 hour

ways to serve it :: just the chili, over spaghetti, rice, quinoa, on top of a potato, zoodles (any spiralized veggie!), fresh bread! * McCormick also makes a lower-sodium Chili mix

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This recipe base comes from my grandmother, “Gammy.”  She is not here with us any more but I carry her with me always, especially in the kitchen!  She was German and the daughter of a butcher, so yeaaaa, she loved meat (and liver and onions- one food I have not had and never want try!). Now you can understand why she had 3 lbs of ground beef in this original recipe.  I wanted to amp up the nutritional value so I  reduced the beef, increased the beans + tomatoes, and added greens. I think she would have loved it my way too! she hand-wrote all of her classic recipes in a little adorable recipe book (pictured above) and gifted them to her 5 grandchildren (carrying this tradition for sure!).  I was 10 years old when I received mine and my mom just recently found it. You can imagine my excitement!  Just seeing her handwriting again is in a way like talking with her.  We were very close until her passing in 2011 (hence why I call her my BFF).  As I share more of her recipes, I’ll share more of our special relationship. Lord knows I could write forever about her!

Gam’s classic way to serve it:: over spaghetti with cheddar cheese and fresh white onions (look familiar? she was born and raised in bellevue, kentucky right near the cincinatti, ohio border!)


Have a great day all & I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Happy, healthful eating!

-the mrs.

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