Sweet peppers and warm spices flavour this family-style chilli, made with minced turkey rather than the traditional beef for a lower fat content, and served on spaghetti to boost the carbohydrate value. It is an ideal cook-ahead dish as the flavour of the sauce improves if it is made a day in advance and reheated.
For a vegetarian chilli, replace the turkey with 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) Quorn, either finely chopped or in chunks. Quorn, sold chilled and ready to cook, is a vegetable alternative to meat. Technically known as mycoprotein, it grows in a similar way to mushrooms. Quorn is low in fat and a good source of protein. * To increase the fibre content of this dish, serve the chilli spooned over wholemeal spaghetti or noodles.
Turkey is a good source of zinc and many B vitamins, particularly B1, B12 and niacin (excellent source). It also provides iron. * Red kidney beans are low in fat and rich in carbohydrate. They provide good amounts of vitamins B1, niacin and B6, and useful amounts of iron. They are also a good source of soluble fibre, which can help to reduce high cholesterol levels in the blood. When eaten with pasta, rice or other grains, kidney beans and other pulses supply good amounts of high-quality protein.
A, B12, C, niacin, iron, copper * B1, B6, folate, calcium, potassium, zinc * B2, E
Something else. If you are making it to be eaten on the same day, I suggest simmering for double the suggested time (30 mins) to allow the sauce to thicken. Also, I didn't have any cayenne pepper, so I used mild chilli powder, which seemed to work fine. - 30 Sep 2009
Tasty, and the use of turkey mince is a nice, healthy alternative. - 30 Sep 2009