Hearty Turkey Chili

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Makes 8 servings – freeze leftovers for later


  •  2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 pound chopped cooked turkey
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 2 cups diced canned tomatoes, no-salt-added
  • 4 cups cooked Michigan Kidney Beans, (rinse and drain if using canned beans)
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. Heat the oven to 475∞F. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange the zucchini in a single layer in the baking dish. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes until slightly tender and lightly browned.
  2. While the zucchini is roasting, add the oil and chopped onions to a Dutch oven or soup pot. Sauté over low heat until the onions are browned. Add the celery and peppers and continue to sauté. Add garlic, turkey, chili powder and cumin seed. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, kidney beans, vegetable broth, brown sugar, and the roasted zucchini. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Ladle into warmed individual bowls. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving (1-1/2 cups):

  • 251 calories
  • 4g total fat
  • 57mg cholesterol
  • 161mg sodium
  • 28g carbohydrate
  • 8g fiber
  • 26g protein

Diabetes meal plan choices: 

  • Meat and meat substitutes – 3
  • Nonstarchy vegetables – 2
  • Starches – 1

Recipe source: Mayo Clinic

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