Looking for a way to get more vegetables into your diet? Take a cue from President Barack Obama— make a pot of homemade chili! More than just a party food, chili can be a healthy meal chock full of colorful veggies and protein from legumes (dried beans, lentils, etc.) and lean meat. A great thing about chili is that it is easy to make and adaptable to varying tastes and ingredients you have on-hand.
When asked about his favorite potluck dish in an interview with Ari LeVaux for North Coast Journal, the then presidential candidate shared a chili recipe (below) that has been part of his culinary repertoire since college. Enjoy President Obama’s chili recipe as is or boost the nutritional benefits even further with a few additions.
- Increase vegetable content with red, yellow and orange bell peppers or zucchini and summer squash.
- Liven up legumes by adding an assortment of black, pinto, kidney and garbanzo beans.
- For a heart-healthy punch, replace turkey with soy protein crumbles. This substitution can increase each serving’s soy protein content to about 11 ½ grams!
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Whatever your favorite veggie, legume and lean meat combination, a tasty cup of homemade chili is a sure way to warm up your President’s Day celebration.
Carrie Taylor, RD, LDN
Big Y Foods, Inc.