If you’re like most Americans across the county, you’ve got a few turkey leftovers in the fridge. Sure, you could make a sandwich or just heat them up (and risk drying them out), or you could make a delicious chili. In fact, while not Keto as written (it contains beans), it is loaded with great nutrition from beans, meat, and spices.
And, if you want to make it Keto Zone, see the end of the recipe for tips.
This weekend, enjoy your turkey leftovers more than ever. Make a warm batch of this chili and enjoy family, friends, and games for days.
1. Cut turkey and drain beans; rinse and drain again.
2. Combine turkey, beans and remaining ingredients, except 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon Caribbean Jerk Seasoning in 3 1/2 or 4-quart crockery slow cooker; stir well.
3. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours; stir well. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon Caribbean Jerk Seasoning.
4. Place 4 slices avocado in the bottom of the bowl. Spoon chili over avocados. Top with cilantro.
Keto Zone Style: Omit all beans. Replace with 2 cans drained black olives and be sure to include avocado.
Nutrition info (traditional): 466 calories, 15 grams fat, 48 grams carbohydrates, 17 grams of fiber (31 gm net carbs), 30 grams protein
Nutrition info (Keto-Style): 290 calories, 19 grams fat, 14 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber (9 grams net carbs), 18 grams protein
Dark kidney beans take this recipe to the next level with nutrition. They are heart-healthy, full of protein, loaded with antioxidants, and high in fiber. Dark Kidney beans contain:
Dark red kidney beans have an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score of 13259… above almost all cultivated berries including blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries. It’s first among beans and high on the overall list. In fact, the more kidney beans are eaten, the less free radicals bouncing around your cells causing damage and disease.
Every ½-cup of kidney beans provides ~6 grams of fiber, both insoluble and insoluble forms. The soluble fiber can promote optimal digestion, give your healthy gut bacteria a food source, and reduce cholesterol. The insoluble fiber will keep your digestive tract in top form.
While not a complete protein, the amino acids from kidney beans are easily absorbed and metabolized. When combined with other amino acids, such as those from whole grains, they form a complete protein that will promote healthy immune function and cell recovery.
Kidney beans provide very-slow-acting carbohydrates and fiber that promote balanced blood sugars and steady energy. Instead of opting for a refined-grain plate of pasta the night before a big ride, choose a higher fiber carbohydrate source such as beans for steady energy (research has shown that low-glycemic carbs, such as beans or lentils, provide better energy than refined grains when eaten the night before training).
Familiar with molybdenum? It just happens to be a component of an enzyme that detoxifies sulfites in the body. Nasty sulfites make their way into our bodies via preservatives in our foods (of course, the more you eat whole foods, the fewer preservatives, and sulfites you’ll ingest). Many people are sensitive to sulfites and suffer rapid heartbeat, headaches, and even disorientation. Molybdenum is here to help.
If you like energy and heart health, you love kidney beans’ folate and thiamin. First, folate can lower homocysteine – elevated homocysteine is associated with heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease. Then, as B-vitamins, folate, and thiamin play key roles in our cells’ energy production. Specifically, folate is involved with DNA synthesis, amino acid metabolism, and red blood cell synthesis.
Turkey leftovers don’t have to mean sandwiches and reheated meals. You can use an abundance of meat for this entirely new delicious dish. Turkey leftovers have never been quite this good, and good to your body.