As you have heard from me over the last couple of weeks. Today is the Sample Whole Grains Toast at 12 PM EST (9 AM PST). Many of us are trying so hard to incorporate more whole grains into our diets. We know they are good for us and want to eat healthier, but if you are like me you just have no idea where to really start. I mean I have done brown rice and even branched out into quinoa (woohoooo go me!!) but when it comes to much more I am lost.
That was why I was so happy to receive my box of whole grain sample products from Oldways. There were so many wonderful things to try, I really didn't know where to start. But I was quickly drawn to the Wheat Berry Chili Mix from Frontier Soups. We both love chili, and to be honest I had never heard of wheat berry before. So I figured it would be an adventure!
The mix has everything you need to make a vegetarian chili with options to add other ingredients if you chose. We of course opted to go the non vegetarian way since Kevin can't even tolerate the thought of a vegetarian meal. So I added one of his favorites, Italian seasoned turkey sausage, and one of mine, black beans. I also added some onions and garlic because, well I just couldn't help myself But these extras are purely a choice I made and not necessary.
I will admit I pulled one of my famous moves and didn't read through the recipe completely before I began cooking. We had plans to go somewhere at a certain time and I figured an hour and a half would be plenty of time to have the chili ready and eat before we left. WRONG!! When will I learn? Sheesh!! The wheat berries are much like dried beans when it comes to cooking them. They needed to be boiled for 1 hour. Then you mix everything together and cook it for an additional hour. OOPS!! That wasn't going to work. So I boiled them for 1 hour ad then covered them and they soaked overnight. The next day I finished the recipe and I am pleased to say, it came out amazing. I was shocked that Kevin loved it! We topped it off with some fat free Greek yogurt and reduced fat cheddar cheese.......YUM!!!
We would definitely have this again and I am excited to try some of Frontier Soups other items!
Wheat Berry Chili
Wheat Berry Chili Mix from Frontier Soups
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian seasoned turkey sausage
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
2 cups vegetable stock
1 28-ounce can of Chef's cut tomatoes
In a 4 quart pot, bring wheat berries to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Let stand until ready to use.
In a separate soup pot, add olive oil and saute onions for about 5 minutes until translucent, add garlic and cook for another minute. Push the veggies to the side and crumble the ground turkey sausage into the center of the pan. Using a wooden spoon break up the sausage and cook until no pink remains. Stir in the contents of the wheat berry chili packet.
Drain the wheat berries and add to the soup pot along with the stock, tomatoes, and black beans. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for an addition hour.
Serve with fat free Greek yogurt and reduced fat cheddar cheese.
Disclosure: I received a selection of whole grain products to sample but was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.