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Good food is medicine of the soul

By Staff | Jan 20, 2017

As I have written before, I love to cook. Most days, I opt to cook dinner from scratch instead of buying out or microwaving. As I stated in my last column, one of my goals for this year is to lose weight. Because of that, I have been making some of my favorite healthy dishes for dinner lately, and I thought I would share some with you over the next few weeks.

I am a firm believer that “you are what you eat.” Food is the medicine of the soul, and all that jazz. When you eat foods that are good for you, you feel good. At least, I know that I do. Food should always be prepared the way that you would want someone to treat you, with care and a whole lot of love. Our bodies are our temples, and they should be treated with respect. That’s why I like finding delicious, yet healthy recipes that taste good and look good, and make me feel on top of my game.

My all-time favorite healthy dinner option is Turkey Chili. This spicy, no-beans recipe makes the most delicious chili I have ever had. I prefer to add chopped white onions, shredded sharp or mild cheddar cheese and fat-free sour cream on top. I also used minced garlic instead of the recipe-called-for diced.

This dish is versatile and lasts so long. Making about 6 servings, I eat on one pot for about a week. The last bowl or two, I usually like to mix it up and pour on top of either spaghetti for a Cincinnati-style chili feel or on top of oven-baked fries for a Texas-style meal. It’s up to you how to make this recipe your own, but I promise you will love it!

Mavec is a reporter for The Tribune.

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