Chili chili bang bang

On a cold winter night, nothing beats a bowl of piping-hot chili with a slice of melt-in-your-mouth corn bread on the side. Problem is, traditional corn bread can be sky-high in fat and calories, since it's often made with high-fat sour cream, butter and/or oil, and a few ounces of full-fat grated cheese. You won't miss the fat (we promise!) in our absolutely scrumptious, slimmed-down corn muffins at right. Why muffins? They cook faster and freeze better! Enjoy them with one of these bang-up chili recipes!

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PREP:20 MIN. COOK:35 MIN. YIELD: MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Everyone's favorite classic beef chili. A staple recipe!

1-1/2 lbs extra-lean ground beef 2 tsp minced garlic

Everyone's favorite classic beef chili. A staple recipe!

1-1/2 lbs extra-lean ground beef 2 tsp minced garlic

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1 cup each diced celery, diced green bell pepper, and diced red onions

1-1/2 tbsp chili powder

1-1/2 tsp each ground cumin and dried oregano

1 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

2 cups tomato sauce 1-1/4 cups beef broth

1/4 cup chopped celery leaves

1 tbsp hickory-flavored barbeque sauce

1 can (16 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (about 16 oz) beans in tomato sauce (see tip below)

3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tsp liquid honey

Cook beef and garlic in a large, deep, non-stick skillet or pot over mediumhigh heat until beef is no longer pink. Stir in celery, green pepper, and red onions. Cook and stir for 3 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften.

Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and black pepper. Cook for 1 more minute. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, celery leaves, and barbeque sauce. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Add beans and simmer, covered, for 10 more minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro, lime juice, and honey. Serve hot.

Janet and Greta's Tip: Heinz Vegetarian Beans in Tomato Sauce is a good choice for this recipe.

Per Serving: 270 calories, 7.8 g total fat (3.9 g saturated fat), 24 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 53 mg cholesterol, 690 mg sodium corn in the usa

PREP: 15 MIN. BAKE:20 MIN. YIELD: MAKES 12 MUFFINS

These comforting corn muffins are great for dunking in chili or stew.

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

2 tbsp granulated sugar 1-1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 can (14.75 oz) cream-style corn 1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

2 tbsp butter, melted

1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, corn-meal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together corn, buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and diced green chilies. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Divide batter among 12 muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake. Remove muffins from tin and cool slightly on a wire rack. Best if served warm!

Per Muffin: 147 calories, 3 g total fat (1.4 g saturated fat), 4 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 1.3 g fiber, 24 mg cholesterol, 341 mg sodium

MAKE IT SPLURGE-WORTHY!

When you get the urge to splurge, don't waste calories and stomach space on mediocre treats. As a rule of tongue, before any high-fat, high-calorie, belt-busting food crosses your lips, make sure it's "splurge-worthy." Rate the food from 1 to 10. If it isn't a 9 or 10, it's not worthy! Who wants to gorge on 600 headed-straight-to-your-hips calories in the form of Gram and Gramps' 70th-anniversary sheet cake? Be polite, taste a small forkful, then slip the rest under Aunt Gertrude's rug. Same goes for your mother-in-law's fruitcake, with those scrumptious artificial fruit globules and ever-so-tasty FD&C Red #3. It's not worthy!

1-1/2 cups salsa (mild, medium or hot)

1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried oregano

12 oz uncooked whole wheat bow-tie pasta (about 7 cups dry)

1/2 cup packed shredded light old (sharp) cheddar cheese (2 oz)

1/2 cup chopped green onions

Cook turkey and garlic in a large, deep, non-stick skillet or pot over medium-high heat until turkey is no longer pink. Break up any large chunks using a fork. Add onions, green pepper, and carrots. Cook and stir for 4 to 5 minutes, until vegetables have softened. Stir in tomato sauce, salsa, beans, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain well. Divide pasta among 6 shallow serving bowls. Ladle chili over pasta. Place a dollop of sour cream in the center, then sprinkle with cheese and green onions. Serve immediately.

Per Serving: 441 calories, 6.1 g total fat (1.4 g saturated fat), 35 g protein, 66 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 43 mg cholesterol, 466 mg sodium

QUIZINE

In a popular 1970s TV commercial, what product "fooled" Mother Nature?

a. Parkay margarine b. Chiffon margarine c. Imperial margarine d. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

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PREP:25 MIN. COOK:20 MIN. YIELD: MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Deep in the heart of Texas, the locals ranked this spicy masterpiece the best pasta dish this side of the Alamo!

1 lb lean ground turkey

2 tsp minced garlic

1 cup each chopped onions, chopped green bell pepper, and diced carrots

1-1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce

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ANSWER: (B) DENA DIETRICH STARRED AS THE FOREST MATRON WITH THE TRADEMARK CATCHPHRASE, "IT'S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE!" YOU HAD TO LOVE THE MELODIC JINGLE: "IF YOU THINK IT'S BUTTER BUT IT'S NOT...IT'S CHIFFON!'

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