Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Chili Anyone??

I make this recipe for my whole family, so it is a bit more difficult to get an exact block count on each serving. The entire pot of chili is 10 blocks of protein and 12 blocks of carbs with really no fat. Therefore, you may have to add fat to this to balance it.
Zone Chili- (3) 4 block or (4) 3 block servings
1 pound ground turkey
1 can tomato sauce
1 can kidney beans drained
1 can chili beans
1 packet of low sodium chili seasoning
1 oz cheddar cheese
Brown turkey in your pot over medium heat. Add all other ingredients and let simmer for 30-45 minutes. I serve this sprinkled with cheddar cheese to balance out the protein and fat. I believe that 2 cups is approximately a 3 block serving.


  1. Great fills you up and tastes great!

  2. This sounds like a family pleaser. I'll try it tomorrow! Thanks Michele!

  3. I think I'm in love...

  4. I figured I had to throw the poor guys a bone and post something other than salad...Kelly, you can tell Scott he is welcome!

  5. I just found this site and I love it! I try to zone but I'm still learning how to figure out the blocks. Any suggestions for meat substitutes?

  6. Michelle... I coming to your house for dinner tonight. You're pretty creative and I'M NOT. Seriously though, I have a question. I've been fairly faithful for nearly six weeks now to my 10-11 blocks per day. I've been operating from the understandig that no matter how hard my workout is that I should stick to 10-11 blocks. But gee whiz; I'm doing the Half Dome Hike this Sunday or Monday and I will literally be barging uphill for five hours, sitting for 2 hours and hiking downhill for another three. I don't add blocks that day? AND... way back when (way back) when I ran a lot we used to carbo load the night before a big run. Is that an outdated practice these days?

  7. Gloria,

    I would bring a couple extra 1 block snacks or bars for the hike. You may need the extra calories and you do not want to run out of energy. The Zone was designed around the idea that you eat every 3-4 hours ideally. Therefore, you should try and stick to that even on your hike if you can. You will feel better overall if you keep adding fuel.

  8. Thanks Michelle! Will do!

  9. Great idea! And a crowd pleaser for the whole family, just sprinkle some broccoli on top and you are good to go!

  10. Michele a,
    Here are some meat subs from the Dr. Sears book "Enter the Zone":

    1/2 Soy burger = 1 Block protein
    1 Soy hotdog = 1 Block protein
    2 Soy sausages = 1 Block protein
    1 oz. Firm Tofu = 1 Block protein

    I assume you could sub the Turkey with equal amounts of Soy burger etc. to equal the same number of blocks. Cheers.

  11. Michele A,
    Skip is right on with this one. Those are all great subs for meat, however, if you are a Crossfitter as well as a Zoner, you may find it difficult to keep up with your protein needs.

  12. Thanks, Skip and Michele for your great suggestions!

  13. Since the Zone became popular way back when...this has been my favorite recipe, Zoning or not! And so easy to make... If you have the time to let it simmer for even longer, it changes again. Then portion it out and freeze it! So easy to warm up and have a meal right there