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Filed in Kim's Corner — September 12, 2016

As seen in the March issue of Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine

Let’s be honest; fast food, fat-free, low fat, highly processed, bagged and boxed foods are getting a lot of bad press these days and for good reason. They are made up of chemicals for flavoring and for a long shelf life, which has been proven to be unhealthy. Additionally, research is telling us these foods may be a large contributor to our obesity epidemic. Due to their highly processed nature, their overall nutrient value is very low. We eat these foods and feel satisfied only for a short time because, well, honestly, they are not supplying our bodies with the nutrients it needs so we feel the need to eat more…and more! It is not necessarily hunger we are feeling but a nutrient deficiency instead!

Convenience is really important in all of our lives and I believe, we can reduce the types of foods mentioned above and replace them with foods that are nutrient dense with no added stress. It’s time to get back to the basics of eating all food groups and loving what the earth and nature provide!

Trust me and trust yourself. Make a few changes and you will not believe your energy, your clarity, your good mood, and oh, yeah—you might lose a few unwanted pounds as a bonus!

This is a recipe for Delicious Turkey, Sweet Potato and Bean Chili. Don’t let the name scare you. This is absolutely delicious and the nutrient value is off the charts! Full of protein, fiber, complex carbs, antioxidants, and healthy fat. This will not only amp up your immune system, and fuel your body with important nutrients, but it will satisfy you for hours.

Remember, fueling your body adequately helps your brain function and your body function at its peak throughout the day. You will feel better and crave less if you consume what your body needs. So go ahead and eat up!

This is a great meal that you can enjoy throughout the week. It freezes well, too!

Delicious Turkey, Sweet Potato and Bean Chili

2 tbs. olive oil
2 lb. ground turkey (1 lb. ground breast and 1 lb. regular)
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1 large sweet potato chopped into small chunks
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbs. tomato paste
1/8 cup chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 – 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
1 – 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can northern beans
3 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 cup water
2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. sugar

1. Heat one tbs. olive oil on stovetop. Add turkey and cook through. Transfer to bowl.

2. Heat one tbs. olive oil in pan and add onion, red pepper. Sauté for about four minutes. Add sweet potatoes and garlic and sauté for another minute.

3. Add tomato paste, chili powder, garlic pepper, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper and stir to mix.

4. Add tomatoes, beans, chicken stock, water, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir.

5. Add ground turkey back in. Cover and simmer on very low heat for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve it up and enjoy!

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