Healthy Chili Recipe Perfect for Independence Day Celebrations

Choosing the perfect dish to serve at Fourth of July cookouts can sometimes be a difficult task. If you’re anything like the providers of Southern Plastic Surgery, healthiness is always a consideration in meal planning, although you also want to provide options people will enjoy. These concerns, tied with not wanting to bring the same dish as someone else, can really increase the pressure during what’s supposed to be a fun celebration. This year, Dr. David Whiteman wants to make your decision easier by highlighting Lisa’s chili recipe just in time for Independence Day.  Lisa submitted her recipe in Dr. Whiteman’s Spring Into Health and Wellness Recipe Contest and won! She even modified the recipe to make it more kid-friendly, so you’ll be sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

Kid-Friendly Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup
½  jalapeno, chopped (optional)
2 large (about 6 ounces) sweet potatoes, peeled if desired and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin*
1 teaspoon chili flakes*
2 teaspoon dark chili powder*
1 teaspoon hot or smoked paprika*
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoon tomato paste, no salt added
1 (14.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, no salt added
2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 teaspoon Marmite or Vegemite (yeast extracts)
juice of one lemon, about 3 tablespoons
salt and pepper to taste

*For a spicier chili, switch the spice measurements from teaspoons to tablespoons.

Instructions
Heat a large pot to medium-high and add oil. Add onions and jalapeno and cook while frequently stirring for 5 minutes until onions begin to soften. Then, add sweet potatoes and spices and cook for 3 minutes while frequently stirring. Next add tomato paste and cook for two minutes while continuing to stir. Add beans, tomatoes, broth, and Marmite or Vegemite and stir to combine ingredients. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 more minutes until the sweet potatoes are soft.

This recipe makes about 8 servings with around 200 calories and only 3 grams of fat per serving.

Dr. Whiteman knows plastic surgery is no substitution for a healthy lifestyle and strives to show patients the importance of Health and Wellness through his website and blog. Aside from providing healthy recipes, health inspiration, and exercise tips, he even works closely with ACE certified personal trainer, Daryl Madison to help patients find the resources they need to reach their fitness goals. Be sure to stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  for health, wellness, and plastic surgery updates.