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February 28, 2017

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Hearty Chili Mac

Hearty Chili Mac

Children of all ages will enjoy this tasty combination of chili and pasta.

Makes 10 (1-cup) servings


8 ounces macaroni noodles 
1/2 cup water 
1 onion, chopped 
3 garlic cloves, minced 
1 small red or green bell pepper, seeded and diced 
1 (8-ounce) package vegan ground beef substitute, or 4 vegan burgers, thawed (if necessary) and chopped 
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, undrained 
1 (15-ounce) can corn, undrained 
2 tablespoons chili powder 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 


Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and set aside. Heat water in a large pot. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and vegetarian ground beef substitute or chopped vegan burgers. Mix in tomatoes, beans and their liquid, corn and its liquid, chili powder, and cumin. Cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Add cooked pasta and check seasonings. Add more chili powder if a spicier dish is desired.

Source: Healthy Eating for Life for Children by Amy Lanou, Ph.D.; recipe by Jennifer Raymond, M.S., R.D.

Per 1-cup serving: Calories: 211; Fat: 2.1 g; Saturated Fat: 0.3 g; Calories from Fat: 8.7%; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 12 g; Carbohydrates: 38.3 g; Sugar: 4.7 g; Fiber: 5.1 g; Sodium: 348 mg; Calcium: 62 mg; Iron: 3.5 mg; Vitamin C: 23.9 mg; Beta-Carotene: 450 mcg; Vitamin E: 1.3 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

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Food for  Life

Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Learn more here >>

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