Turkey Chili

This is my all-time favorite chili recipe. The good news is that chili is not only comfort food, but it can be healthy, too!

Chili contains lots of protein. This recipe is made with turkey, so it is a leaner alternative to ground beef. Chili can help you lose weight. The “capsaicin,” a colorless compound found in the chilies used to season this dish, can increase your metabolic rate by increasing your body heat production. Chili is also high in iron thanks to the turkey and beans and has vitamin C thanks to the tomatoes, peppers and chilies. Plus, it’s a great source of fiber that helps keep you feeling full for a long time after eating. Enjoy the healthy benefits of chili!

8-10 servings
prep time = 30 minutes

2 medium onions, chopped (1 cup)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
2 pounds ground turkey
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and chopped
28-oz. can of whole Roma (plum) tomatoes
3 cups water for thick meaty chili, or 4 cups for “soupier” chili
2 cans (15 ounces) black beans, drained
1 can (15 to 16 ounces) kidney beans, drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Sweet onions, sliced
Low-fat sour cream

-Cook the onions in vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the onions are tender.
-Add garlic and the green and red bell peppers, cook 2 to 3 minutes.
-Add turkey and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until the turkey is no longer pink.
-Add cumin, oregano, chili powder, green chilies, jalapeño chilies, tomatoes and water. Reduce heat to low.
-Cover and simmer about 30 minutes.
-Add beans; simmer 15 to 20 minutes longer. I simmer for a total of 2 hours for a rich flavor.
-To serve, add sliced sweet onions to the top and a dab of low-fat sour cream.

If you want to make this recipe spicy, add one whole red habeñero or one whole serrano chili (deveined, deseeded and chopped). Or if you like a Tex-Mex flavor, add an envelope of taco seasoning as you simmer this recipe.

Calories 175
Protein 15 grams
Carbs 13 grams
Fat 6 grams
Fiber 5 grams


By Staness Jonekos, The Menopause Makeover

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Rhonda’s Quick and Easy Lunch/Dinner for Ladies on the GO!



  • Microwave Minute Rice for 1 minute
  • Microwave veggies
  • Warm chicken meatballs or chicken brat
  • Mix together in bowl

It is filling and yummy!

Nutrition Facts for Minute “Ready to Serve” BROWN Rice

Serving Size 1 Container (125g, about 1 cup)

Servings Per Container 1

Servings Per Carton 2Calories 230

Total Fat:  3.5 g

Total Carb. 40 g

Total Protein: 5 g

By adding lean protein, this recipe honors the Menopause Makeover Food Pyramid. ENJOY!

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Tomato, Tuna and Cannellini Salad

Tomato, Tuna and Cannellini Salad

By Holly, creator of one of my favorite online menopause forums!


5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Less or equal to 1 tsp. of sea salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tbsp. chopped chives
1 cup fresh parsley, plus garnish
1 can (15oz.) cannellini beans, drained
2 cans (5oz. each) tuna, packed in natural juices, drained and broken into chunks
3 green onions, thinly sliced
4 to 8 thick slices large heirloom tomatoes


1.      In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper, and chives. Add parsley, beans, tuna, and onions and stir gently just until coated.

2.      Arrange tomato slices on 4 plates and spoon tuna mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with extra parsley and enjoy.

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Chicken Fajita Pita

This next recipe is delicious for lunch
Chicken Fajita Pita
1 serving, entire recipe

3 ounces raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cut into strips
One-half whole-wheat or high-fiber pita
¼ cup sliced green bell pepper
¼ cup sliced onions
1 small lettuce leaf
1 teaspoon dry fajita seasoning mix
Optional toppings: salsa, fat-free sour cream

In a small bowl, combine fajita seasoning with 1 tablespoon water, until mixed well.

Add chicken, green pepper, and onions to the bowl, and stir to coat evenly with seasoning mixture. Place bowl in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Once marinated, bring a medium pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add contents of bowl, including any excess marinade, to the pan. Sauté until chicken is cooked through, stirring frequently, 5 to 7 minutes.

Place lettuce leaf inside the pita, and then fill pita with chicken-and-veggie mixture. Add some salsa and/or fat-free sour cream, if you like.

Nutritional information per serving (entire recipe)
180 calories
22.5g protein
3.5g fiber
18.5g carbs
1.5g fat

Recipe provided by:  Hungry Girl: 200 under 200: 200 Recipes under 200 Calories.

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Broiled Salmon With Asparagus

Did you know that salmon is great for your HAIR? Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in this tasty cold-water fish are the true superstar. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is make up of these fatty acids. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.

Other options: If salmon doesn’t thrill you, you can also get essential fatty acids from fish like herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel, as well as avocado, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

Enjoy this healthy, easy-to-make, Menopause Makeover approved meal!



Prepare asparagus by washing and trimming 1″ off ends.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350-375 °F (175-190 °C).
  2. Place salmon portions on broil pan and season with Montreal steak seasoning, extra virgin olive oil, paprika, parsley, wine and lemon juice.
  3. Also place asparagus stalks on pan, drizzle extra virgin olive oil on them and season with Montreal steak seasoning.
  4. Place in oven for about 7-10 minutes, or until salmon begins to flake.

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Chicken Curry Salad

Once you add the lettuce, pita or wrap this meal honors The Menopause Makeover Food Pyramid food ratios of 35% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 25% fats. This yummy recipe helps you fight the menopause midsection and love handles!

Chicken Curry Salad

by Staness Jonekos

The Menopause Makeover

6 servings
prep time = 20 minutes, allow time to chill before serving

1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 spring onions, large
1/4 cup walnut halves, chopped
1 small apple, peeled and cubed
2 cups cooked chicken, breast meat only, chopped
Dash of pepper
¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced

-Puree the cottage cheese in a food processor. Add curry powder and pepper. Mix well. Puree to the desired consistency. I prefer a thicker puree, so be careful not to over-process this mixture.
-Add onions, walnut halves, apples and chopped chicken to the curry mixture.
-Serve on a bed of baby lettuce, or in 1/2 whole wheat pita, or 1/2 a whole wheat wrap.
-Serve chilled. Please note, it is best to make this recipe a few hours before serving. Sprinkle thinly sliced scallions on top.

Calories 193 (without the pita or wrap)
Protein 26.3 grams
Carbs 6.3 grams
Fat 7.2 grams
Fiber 1.5 grams

By using curry, this scrumptious recipe contains enhanced health benefits. Curry is a blend of various spices, with the most common mixture being turmeric, ground cumin, cardamom and coriander. Curry boasts anti-inflammatory properties and can help promote neurological health.

With the addition of other healthy ingredients such as onions, apples and chicken (an excellent lean meat choice), this salad is a healthy yet delicious way to jumpstart your summer.

I like to serve this salad with sliced, chilled pears or apples on the side, and sparkling water with a sprig of mint … yummy!

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Roasted Corn & Grilled Chicken Salad

Roasted Corn & Grilled Chicken Salad
by Chrissie

2c brown basmati rice (this is the uncooked measure, cook according to pg directions)
Corn cut from 8 ears (I used canned corn the second time I made this last year)
3T corn oil (to roast the corn [on a cookie sheet 15min], I didn’t use this much and I used olive oil)
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, diced (that’s a slippery job)
1 red onion, diced (I used about half. And why aren’t the red onions from the market as sweet as the red onions you get at a restaurant?)
6 green onions, chopped

1 lemon, juiced
1/2 c red wine vinegar
1/2 c olive oil
1 T white sugar
1/2 c minced fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste

Grill chicken breast
Chop chicken
Toss in salad

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Spring Roll Wraps

Spring Roll Wraps
by Jayne

3 raw small baby carrots
2 slices of English cucumber skin on
a few pieces pre-cooked carved Chicken Breasts (heated)
Brown rice or Asian noodles ( I buy Raman noodles and prepare half
a package without the powder – takes 3 mins OR reheat some of the rice I
keep in my freezer) any other veggies you like..
Fresh Cilantro or what you prefer

Makes approx 3 rolls.

Chop all ingreds and combine, at this point, I
just separate into three piles.
Prepare the rice papers according to
the video/instructions on package, and then roll your ingredients into
the wrapper.
I find it easier to place the wrapper on a china plate,
fill and roll it that way rather than using the damp dish towel

Dip into your preferred sauce and enjoy!

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2-Minute Shrimp Stir Fry

2-Minute Shrimp Stir Fry
by Charlene

24 Medium or Large Shrimp (Frozen from Trader Joes)
I cup broccoli (I use crowns- they cook faster and taste better)
Mixed veggies – water chestnuts, julienne carrots, snow peas, onions or frozen Stir Fry mix
10 Artichoke hearts (not marinated)
10 black olives whole or sliced
1/4 cup toasted almonds
1 tablespoon olive oil
Teriyaki sauce

Saute shrimp in olive oil and garlic to taste, then add veggies and all other items until cooked through.
Season with teriyaki sauce while cooking for 10 to 15 minutes. Easy and delicious. Serves 2

Serve with 1/2 Cup brown rice.

Approx 300 Calories, 18 Protein per serving

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