Red Lentil and Chicken Chili

I was vegan for a whole year back in 2012. Yes, I was a fat vegan. One of my favorite recipes was this chili that replaces beans with red lentils. Since I now eat meat, I decided to add ground chicken. This recipe is delicious, healthy, and filling. This is a slow cooker recipe and I have only ever made this using a crock pot.
 

Red Lentil and Chicken Chili
A twist on traditional chili
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr 30 min
Total Time
7 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr 30 min
Total Time
7 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbs olive oil
  2. 2 Cups Red lentils
  3. 1 White onion
  4. 1 Red Pepper
  5. 1 Orange pepper
  6. 1 can tomato paste
  7. 1 bulb garlic
  8. 1 bag red lentils (16 ounces)
  9. 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  10. 2 quarts chicken broth
  11. 2 tbs chili powder
  12. 2 tbs cumin
  13. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  14. 1 12 oz package of sweet corn
  15. 1 package ground chicken
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet with olive oil. Put ground chicken in hot pan and cook thoroughly.
  2. Coarsely chop onion and peppers, then finely chop garlic.
  3. Add cooked ground chicken to crock pot. Combine all ingredients except corn into crock pot and stir. Cover and cook on low for six hours. After 6 hours, add frozen corn and cook an additional 30 minutes.
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Recipes: Oven Baked French Fries

 
I love French fries. I ate a lot of fast food growing up so fries have become one of those foods that actually makes me nostalgic. Anyone else have a birthday party at McDonald’s as a kid? I did. I don’t think they do that anymore so I probably just dated myself. Even in high school, we would actually make our own fries at home. Cut the potatoes and deep fry them in vegetable oil while talking to friends on the phone or listening to music.

I still need to get my fry fix so I decided alter that deep frying part by baking them instead. Here a recipe for oven baked fries I found on the Weight Watchers website.

Oven Baked Fries
Serves 3
Crispy, golden, and delicious French fries.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Russet Potatos
  2. 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  3. 1 tsp Black Pepper
  4. 1 tbsp Garlic Salt with Parsley or to taste (I like things a little salty, but you should alter to your taste.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash potatoes and dry. I generally leave the skin on but you can certainly peel the potato at this point. Cut the potato into 1/4-inch size pieces and rinse. Drain potatoes and pat dry. Pour olive oil into bowl and place dried potatoes inside. Coat well. Mix seasoning with potatoes. Place fries on baking sheet in a single layer and pop in the oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes then flip fries. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Notes
  1. My recipe is based on one I found on the WW website but I have come across other recipes that advise soaking potatoes for 30 minutes in cold water after cutting them. I did not do this but may try it next time. I also turned on the broiler for the last minute.
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Quick and Easy Weeknight Chicken Burgers

Easy Weeknight Chicken Burgers
Serves 4
Delicious and quick chicken burgers
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Ground Chicken Breast
  2. 1 Tsp Fresh Garlic
  3. 1 Tbsp. Salt
  4. 1 Tsp Pepper
  5. 1 Tbsp. Dried Parsley
  6. 4 Buns
Instructions
  1. Place ground chicken in bowl and combine with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and form into four patties. Use cooking spray to coat a frying pan and cook on medium heat until cooked through (about 4-5 minutes on each side).
Notes
  1. Ground Chicken Pattie 4 Points
  2. Brioche Bun 5 Points
  3. Horse Radish Sauce 1 Point
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I have been looking for quick and easy recipes to help with my goal to lose 100 lbs. I recently discovered ground chicken breast and have been enjoying substituting it in my recipes. I started using it to make lettuce wraps and decided I’d give it a try with making burgers. The results have been pretty good. Ground chicken tends to be lighter than ground beef and ground turkey. So here’s a weeknight super easy and simple chicken burger recipe for about 10 points. I used a Brioche bun from Aldi’s which was 5 points but you can certainly cut the points value by using a different bun. Also, I used horse radish sauce as a condiment for an additional 1 point and since I was out of lettuce, I used spinach. This particular evening I had 18 points left for dinner so I also made baked fries to go along with my burger for a total of 15 points.