Runner-friendly recipe: Turkey chili

First, let me be clear: We’re talking post-run for this one. I’m well aware that chili isn’t the ideal pre-race dinner, and won’t elaborate on the reasons why.

That said, aren’t you finding that colder weather leaves you hungry for hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meals, like stew and chili? Sure you are. You know a salad isn’t going to sustain you all afternoon the ski slopes, or fulfill the crazy, superhuman hunger you feel after a long run on a brisk November evening. Still, you want food that sticks to your ribs, not your butt, right?

This turkey chili is not only wonderfully healthy; it’s the best meal in the history of meals after a fall or winter run. I handed Steve a bowl after a tough Wednesday-night speed workout a few weeks ago, and it transformed him from a shivering, exhausted mess into a warm, well-fed human being. Just imagine the effect it could have on you!

Turkey chili

1 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 lb ground turkey breast
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans V8
2 cans dark red kidney beans
2 tbsp each of onion powder, cumin, chili powder, oregano
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs honey
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
Healthy splash of whatever beer you’ve got in the fridge

Simmer garlic and diced pepper and spices in olive oil on medium-high heat until lightly browned. Add ground turkey, and stir until lightly browned. Add V8, tomatoes and beans; stir and simmer until combined. Add brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce and beer; simmer until combined.

Garnish with hot sauce, cheese, sour cream and more honey. Serve with cornbread. Pictures to follow.

Looking for more hearty recipes that won’t make you bust out of your running tights? Check out this list of healthy comfort foods on Badass Fitness. It includes some of my cold-weather standbys, to include sugar-free hot chocolate, pumpkin oatmeal and baked apples, and a few recipes I can’t wait to try, like the Badass Foodie’s Mac N Cheese(It uses butternut squash!).

What’s your favorite healthy, hearty meal?

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One response to “Runner-friendly recipe: Turkey chili

  1. You had me at beer.
    But seriously, this is the perfect food right now. I made my favorite soup already this fall, your chili is next on my list!
    It’s not even truly cold yet, but we’re in the process of acclimating so warm and hearty is just what I’m craving.

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