Lunch box chili
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Make this lunch box chili on Sunday and enjoy a hot, packed lunch for the week ahead. This recipe is kid-friendly and full of protein and vegetables. Throw in a crusty bun and you have a hot and energizing lunch for the afternoon.
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp chili (or more if you like more chili flavour)
  • ½ can tomato paste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 1 can green lentils (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can white kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can corn (drained)
  • 1 can mushrooms (drained)
  • 3 tbsp BBQ sauce
  1. In a large pot, brown the extra-lean ground beef. Remove to a plate.
  2. In the same pot, add in olive oil, onions, carrots, celery. Saute until softened (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add in spices: garlic powder, oregano, chili and tomato paste. Heat through for about 30 seconds or until natural oils from the spices are released.
  4. Add in remaining ingredients. Heat through until flavours blend together. Taste for seasoning, assessing for a flavour balance of sweet, heat, salt and acid. Enjoy!
Recipe by Energize Nutrition at