Friday, October 10, 2008

Cheesy chili-mac

Cheesy chili-mac

POINTS® value | 6 and CORE
Servings | 8
Preparation Time | 20 min
Cooking Time | 25 min
Level of Difficulty | Easy

Main meals | Adults will love how easy this chili-based meal is to prepare. Both kids and adults will love its taste.


Ingredients



1 serving cooking spray (5 one-second sprays per serving)
2/3 pound raw extra lean ground beef [I use ground turkey breast]
2 medium onion(s), chopped
29 oz canned stewed tomatoes, Mexican-style
2 1/2 cup canned tomato juice [I think tomato juice is not Core; maybe use 1/2 tomato sauce and 1/2 water?]
4 oz canned green chili peppers, diced, drained
2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 cup uncooked whole wheat macaroni, elbow [I had some small whole wheat pasta...not elbow...worked great]
31 oz canned pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese [fat-free cheese for Core! ]


Instructions

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Cook ground beef and onion over medium-high heat until meat is browned, about 10 minutes; drain off fat.
Stir in stewed tomatoes including juice, tomato juice, chili peppers and chili powder. Bring mixture to a boil.

Stir in macaroni and beans; return to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until macaroni is tender, about 15 minutes. Spoon chili into bowls and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 cup of chili and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cheese per serving.

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