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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 127.6
  • Total Fat: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.0 mg
  • Sodium: 772.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 12.0 g

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Chili - Ground Turkey Chili Stew + Halloween/Autumn Variation!

Submitted by: ARIZUMA

Introduction

This is a recipe that I have been experimenting with and tweaking for years. Always a family favorite and they didn't even notice the difference when I re-invented it using low fat ingredients and turkey instead of beef.

The best thing about this meal is how much fun you can have making it. Since it is more of a "stew" I have added all kinds of different vegetables and sometimes even put left over pot roast in with it. Have fun and be creative!

Halloween - Autumn Variation: Make this recipe just as described below but remove the potatoes and add one can (15oz) of pumpkin puree and 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice! 1 tsp of ground cumin is always nice also..
This is a recipe that I have been experimenting with and tweaking for years. Always a family favorite and they didn't even notice the difference when I re-invented it using low fat ingredients and turkey instead of beef.

The best thing about this meal is how much fun you can have making it. Since it is more of a "stew" I have added all kinds of different vegetables and sometimes even put left over pot roast in with it. Have fun and be creative!

Halloween - Autumn Variation: Make this recipe just as described below but remove the potatoes and add one can (15oz) of pumpkin puree and 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice! 1 tsp of ground cumin is always nice also..

Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1 Tablespoon Promise or Light Margarine
    2 Large Onions, Diced in 1/4" Pieces
    1 Pound Jennie-O Extra Lean Ground Turkey
    1 Teaspoon Salt
    1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
    1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
    1 Cup Diced Raw Potatoes, I even leave the skin on
    1 Small Green/Bell Pepper, Diced in 1/4" Pieces
    1 Cup Chopped Celery
    1 Large Can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles, 28oz
    1 Can Tomato Soup, 10.5oz
    1 Can/Bottle of Light Beer, 12oz
    2 Can Kidney Beans, 15.5oz each, (Do not drain)

    (Optional)
    If you want more flavor use a dark ale or lager for the beer and the calorie impact per serving is small.

    Add tons of nutrition and kill almost all the sodium by substituting Hurst's 15 Bean Soup beans. You have to soak them over night but it is awesome! I also have gone to making this in the slow cooker so I have updated the cooking instructions.

    Update: Since I have noticed some comments related to the beer I thought I would add what that is about and hopefully educate in the process. It "is" true that alcohol evaporates during the cooking process. If you simmer the chili or make it in a slow cooker it will take about 3hrs for all of the alcohol to be effectively evaporated. The primary ingredients that the beer adds to the chili is the hops, barley and especially the brewers yeast. It will add a deeper richer taste to ANY chili. So other than ethical or religous reasons... Go for it!
    There is some great information related to this topic if you go to this link at OChef.com: http://www.ochef.com/165.htm. Enjoy!

    JalapeƱo or Habenero Peppers if you want to give it a "Real" kick.
    If you want to use extra lean ground beef it adds about 50 calories per serving.

Directions

Melt the margarine in a large sauce pan. Add the onions and saute until they are tender and transparent. Add the turkey and cook until it looses its reddish color. Add the salt, chili powder, and garlic. Continue to cook and stir for a minute or so to allow flavors to blend.

If you wish to use a slow cooker like I always do now. You can even prepare the first step from above the night before then just put everything in the slow cooker the next morning. I typically put it on high for 6 to 8 hours.

Add tomatoes, tomato soup, beer, potatoes, green pepper, and celery. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the edges of the potatoes become transparent.

Add the kidney beans and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Personally, if I have the time I like to let it simmer for several hours to let the flavors blend and I don't know how many times people have told me that this chili is actually better the next day as left overs.






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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    One of the best, if not THE BEST, chili recipes ever! Followed directions exactly except instead of two cans of kidney beans, I used 1 can of kidney beans, 1 can of black beans & 1 can of chili beans in chili sauce. My boyfriend and I loved it! Will DEFINITELY eat again...& can't wait to share! - 10/22/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very nice receipe. I did not add the tomato soup because I didn't have any on hand. It was still very good. Certainly will do again. Flavorful and colorful. Easy to prepare. Thanks for such a nice receipe to add to my "do again" low-fat selection! - 7/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This tasted great, and it was so easy to make. I made it for the first time, and we had company over, and they all raved about how good it was. Anyone have an idea what the one serving size is, ie..1 cup, 6 oz, etc? - 7/25/08

    Reply from ARIZUMA (8/5/08)
    I am so happy you loved my chili. As for the serving size? I basically used what most of the stews and soups go by which is approximately 1 cup.


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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I can't believe how good this chili is! The beer really does give it an amazing flavor. - 7/8/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is so good. Never made chili with turkey before, but I will from now on to save calories. - 11/10/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was awesome! I ate what I could during the week, and froze the rest in individual servings to take to work for meals! - 6/18/08

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe, I love how healthy it is. I used the 15 bean soup beans soaked overnight but found they were still a little hard so I'll boil them a little next time. Also I added more seasoning, more chili powder, cumin, oregano and red pepper to spice it up a little. Will definitely make again. - 10/5/09

    Reply from ARIZUMA (10/5/09)
    Awesome.. I like to use the 15 bean soup mix also and I have also found that you have to boil the beans first. I have also started adding a couple tbsp of Worcestershire for added flavor. Thanks for the comment and the ideas!


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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    We really liked this recipe. Easy to make and really good to put in the freezer for a quick meal anytime. - 8/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was absolutely wonderful. It was much better than I anticipated--the beer scared me. :) I love it so much and I will make it again and again. - 9/11/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is a great recipe. i added 3 more cloves of garlic and a huge bay leaf. i also put in about 2 teaspoons of worcestershire and used a hot pepper as suggested. I'll be making this again. the pot was empty fast! - 5/14/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added cumin and red pepper flakes to the chili and it's AWESOME, I can't wait to dig in later. - 2/1/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I left out the Potatoes and Tomato SOup and Margerinw. ANy idea of what the nutritional rating is? - 8/6/10

    Reply from ARIZUMA (8/7/10)
    Alizahh.. happy you liked the recipe. As for your nutritional rating... subtract about 25 calories per serving. If you click on "calories by ingredient" at the top you will see where it breaks this down for you.


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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This chili was delicious!!!! Added the jalapeno and an extra can of cannelini beans plus extra chili pepper, garlic and used a bottle of Corona! Will make again!!! - 3/1/09

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  • Absolutely terrific recipe base! Hubby usually stays far away from chili as he cannot tolerate onions, fresh garlic, or kidney beans so I did need to adjust recipe immediately with more celery rather than onions, garlic powder, and chickpeas. I also added just the pumpkin and beer. He likes this!! - 2/18/14

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  • I didn't have any beer when I made this but thought it was really tasted great - and definitely better the next day. This will be included in my "collection". Thank you! - 10/9/13

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  • it says 12 servings.. but how much is 1 serving? a 1 CUP? - 10/28/12

    Reply from ARIZUMA (10/31/12)
    Yes.. 1 serving is about 1 cup..


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  • Yum! - 10/17/12

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  • It's good but not outstanding. I put in a small can of green chilis because I thought it was too mild. I wouldn't make it again. - 10/5/12

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  • Made this and LOVED it!!! I didnt add a few things due to not having them in stock, but it was great!!! - 5/2/12

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  • The whole family loved it!! - 1/22/12

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  • Delicious ! I did do some minor adjustments to my own taste, such as adding sliced mushrooms, green chilis, black beans, cannellini beans and pinto, along with the kidney, and some cayenne pepper. Simmered covered for 2 hours. INCREDIBLE :) - 12/6/11

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  • so good! - 11/1/11

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  • I made this but substituted zucchini for the potatoes and did not use celery. Also added 1tsp. of cumin powder. Served it over left over spaghetti and it was very delicious. - 7/8/11

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  • So easy my husband made it. (He hates following a recipe) - 2/15/11

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  • it was great can't wait to make again - 1/22/11

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  • AMAZING! hands down the best chili I've ever had : ) - 1/18/11

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  • LOve this recipe. - 1/14/11

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  • Excellent flavor. - 1/1/11

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  • Made it with cilantro salsa since i didn't have any tomatoes. I also had some mushrooms going bad so in they went! no beans, no beer, no peppers, no potatoes,no celery. But I did top it with mozzarella, and fresh cilantro. It's GREAT! - 12/22/10

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  • excellant great tasting - 11/29/10

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  • I made this chili last nught and me and my husband really liked it. Very tasy! I added jalapeno peppers (without seeds) and an extra can of black beans and some extra spices plus a little garlic paste. Served w/ Trader Joe's jalapeno & cheddar cheese bread. Felt a little strange going to the liqour - 11/18/10

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  • Excellent for the crockpot! I too use diet soda (Pepsi, because its sweetness somewhat counteracts the heat, which my family doesn't like). I also used dried beans as you suggest. Sometimes I use different beans (adding or substituting black beans, chick peas etc.) for variety. Thanks for sharing! - 10/22/10

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  • So yummy! I didn't make it with any potato, but added a bunch of jalapenos! So good, my boyfriend and I loved it! - 9/24/10

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  • This is very good and my husband will eat it anytime I want to cook it (which is rare). I left the beer out, but am sure that it would taste even better with the beer. I use one can of beans, so that the carbs won't be too high. Great recipe! - 9/13/10

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  • This is an INSTANT favorite! I made it with your instructions completely, and we ate it for supper without crock-potting it. I can't WAIT to eat the left-overs! How can it beat how good it was tonight!? - 8/26/10

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  • Yummy yummy! I didn't have any beer so I didn't add it, but I did add chopped jalapeno, chopped banana pepper, and frozen corn to the recipe. It was delicious - very hearty! - 8/21/10

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  • My hubby will not eat anything that has alcohol in it. Even if it is evaporated. But I used tomato sauce and bits because I did not have tomato soup. Also added mushrooms because they were getting old. Thank you for the basic recipe. - 6/30/10

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  • This was delicious! I didn't have any beer, but it was great all the same. I added habanero and jalapeno peppers - yumm! I cut the body wise tortilla's, baked in the oven and served it with the chili stew! Fabulous! - 6/29/10

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  • This was fantastic! - 6/19/10

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  • Had this yesterday .... and it was just perfect...although I did add some hot peppers to it :) Thank you for sharing :) - 5/29/10

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was really good! I put the cheese under the Tater Tots and cooked the casserole on "speed bake"--basically a convection setting on my oven. My 4 year-old and husband loved it too! Thanks for sharing! - 5/23/10

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  • I am new to cooking and this recipe was very easy. Also, my family loved it! We added a jalapeno pepper for some spice, and used a heavy hand when it came to the chili powder. I also added some cumin and adobo. It was sooooo delicious! I've made it 5 times now and it gets better & better every time! - 5/11/10

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  • WE LOVE CHILI AND I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW RECIPE SO LOOKED GOOD - 5/2/10

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  • My family LOVED it!!! And It was sooo easy! I thought forsure that by adding the beer into the crockpot that I was going to ruin it!! BUT all I can say is yummy yummy!!! The next day I added some different veggies just to make it a little different....and it was still a big hit. - 4/11/10

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  • Recipe is absolutely delicious. I didn't want to stop eating especially with the cheesy jalepeno corn bread I also made from the recipe I found on this website. These two dishes were made for each other!! - 4/5/10

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  • This is simple and very good. I substituted a can of black beans for one of the kidney beans, black olives for the green peppers, and a can of tomato sauce for the tomato soup. Very easy to make due with whatever you have on hand and very reliable. - 4/5/10

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  • I love this recipe. I used the suggestion of using the 15 bean soup mix. It was excellent! My husband even liked it!! - 3/23/10

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  • My house smells amazing right now! Did not have kidney beans but a can of garbanzos and a can of lentils also. Used chipotle peppers and a can of regular diced tomatoes. Delicious! Thanks so much for the idea. - 3/6/10

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  • Danny boy likes it. Lip Smakkin down home slap yur nee good! i GIVE THIS ONE 5 HOGS UP!
    - 2/19/10

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  • This recipe was sooo good!! Easy to make and very good!! I froze the extra to eat for lunches!! - 1/26/10

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  • loved this. Yumm. My husband had 4 servings. I think he loved it too. :) - 1/18/10

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  • yum. I will make this again. thanks! - 1/15/10

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  • I made this over the weekend in my roommate's slow cooker. Oh my, was it GOOD! Next time I will add more kidney beans for sure! thanks so much for the recipe! Also-getting rid of a Sam Adams bottle leftover from a holiday party without actually drinking it=bonus! And it added so much flavor! - 1/12/10

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  • Simple and delicous!! I made it on a frigid evening and it warmed and filled us up. Easy, flavorful, low fat, and delicious - what more could you ask for?! Thanks for sharing this recipe, ARIZUMA! - 1/9/10

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  • Bad
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Wow this was the best chili I have ever had. I did add one can of chili kidney beans for more zip. I'll make this again. - 12/29/09

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  • We LOVE this!!! I made it a week ago and am making it again today. My husband loved it and actually took it as leftovers to work the next day which he NEVER does!! And my mom and grandma loved it too. - 12/6/09

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  • absoutely yummo!!!! I doubled the recipe, and added cumin, cayenne, and paprika, making it nice and spicey!! I have some frozen so we can have it again later!! - 11/19/09

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  • This was great! - 11/16/09

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  • This was a GREAT chili. My entire family liked it and we have some picky eaters. Thank you, this will become a favorite here for sure :) - 11/2/09

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  • this is yummy - thanks! - 10/5/09

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  • I added Hatch Green Chili - mmmmmmm delicious!!!! - 9/28/09

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  • I cut the beer in half I like my chili a little think, and added sweet corn for crunch, I could have done without the potato but the taste was amazing! - 9/10/09

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  • Yummy!! - 5/11/09

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  • I will definitely try this! - 5/11/09

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  • We have been making chili with ground turkey for some time now. Your mixture of spices sound really interesting so will have to try this soon! - 5/11/09

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  • Dan_Odea...how was it with the diet coke? - 5/11/09

    Reply from ARIZUMA (6/5/09)
    Kinda adding to my reply to Dan Odea below. Since the alcohol is effectively evaporated during cooking, what the beer is really adding is the hops and barley and especially the brewers yeast. It will give any chili a richer deeper flavor. So other than ethical or religious reasons.. Go for it!


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  • Excellent recipe! My family can't have alcohol, so I use caffeine-free Diet Coke. PS any kind of chili gets better the longer it sits (at least if it hasn't gone bad) because the chili flavor takes time to get into the beans. Also, instead of simmering place in a crockpot on low for a few hours. - 3/8/09

    Reply from ARIZUMA (6/5/09)
    I am glad you liked it and you actually "sparked" an interesting question that I have heard for years in and around kitchens. "Does alcohol evaporate during cooking"? The answer is yes and it takes about 3hrs. This link had some great info on the subject.. http://www.ochef.com/165.htm. Enjoy!


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  • Loved it! It will definitely be a dish I serve often! - 1/21/09

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  • This chili is the best I have ever made! I worried that the beer might make it too watery, but it ends up just right. The family has asked for this several times since! With the calories being so low, it has become a regular dish. Thank you so much! - 12/31/08

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  • Great Recipe. I tweaked it a little and mad it my own. My family loves it. - 9/10/08

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  • We all loved this recipe! The beer gave it a nice something extra and it's appetizing just to look at with all the great color to it. I used a can of tomatoes that had garlic and onion already added but used the onion called for as well. I found it only made about 8 one cup servings. Loved it!! - 8/21/08

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  • I made this chili for dinner last night, and it was amazing! So easy and definately a new favorite. I couldn't believe how filling just one serving was and how few calories! - 8/14/08

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  • Good Flavor! Even my non-dieting DH liked it! Would like to find a way to thicken it up a bit. Any low-fat suggestions? - 6/23/08

    Reply from ARIZUMA (7/1/08)
    I am happy you liked it! As for making it thicker?? I specifically started adding the beer to make it thinner (and I learned that most great chili has beer in it) and because I have always liked my chili a little more soupy. Just subtract the beer or add only half and you will be getting there..


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  • I actually made this with half the kidney beans but after doing the math as far as calories goes I think next time I am going to exclude the kidney beans. - 6/3/08

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  • GREAT! Will make it again and again and again. - 5/27/08

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  • This is a meal that everyone will love! - 5/15/08

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  • I can't wait to make this! It's so easy! - 5/13/08

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  • This is a meal in one pot, and has such wonderful flavor, everyone liked it very much, and will become a family favorite. - 5/12/08

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