Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chili Mac - comfort food at its best!

2 cups uncooked whole wheat elbow noodles
1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
1-2 tbsp hot pepper sauce
2-3 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese - shredded

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the beef, onion, garlic in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. (drain now if needed)
Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper sauce and seasonings. Drain macaroni, stir into mixture. Cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes, or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese.

This was very very good! It was comforting, filling, and healthy! :) Can't argue with that! This would also freeze well - either in large freezer ziploc bags, or in casserole dishes - just leave the cheese off until you are going to eat!

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