We know that embarking on this SHAPE ReClaimed journey can seem daunting, especially when it comes to cooking. So, we’re so excited to begin featuring our SHAPE Certified recipes. While you’ll find many recipes on our website, those that have this seal (right) as well as a picture are SHAPE Certified, which means that it has been tested by professional chef and SHAPE’s Director of Culinary Development, Ashley Nanney.
The other recipes on the website that do not have the seal or a picture are in the process of being edited. We had some technical difficulties transferring the recipes from our old website to the new, so you may see some strange formatting, incorrect serving sizes, misspellings, etc. Be patient with us as we fix these errors. This has been an important, but quite time-consuming task.
Since it’s officially fall, we want to feature Linda’s SHAPE Chili. This has been a Warrior favorite since it was first posted on our website. It’s family-friendly and will warm you up on a chilly day (no pun intended). Linda, who is SHAPE’s CEO/COO and an amazing cook, recommends preparing this recipe in large batches since it freezes so well. It’s always nice to have a quick, ready-to-go meal on busy days!
This recipe uses ground beef (you can use ground chicken or turkey), lots of vegetables including yummy fire-roasted tomatoes (you can use any canned tomatoes, but fire-roasted add wonderful flavor), and classic chili spices. One serving is 4 oz. of protein and 2 cups of vegetables, making it an easy, one-dish meal.
Since this recipe uses an ample amount of tomatoes, here are some fun facts* about tomatoes:
- Tomatoes are part of the nightshade family, along with bell peppers, eggplant and potatoes.
- There are over 1000 different varieties.
- Tomatoes are technically a fruit, but because they’re not sweet, it’s okay to put them in the vegetable category for culinary (and SHAPE ReClaimed) purposes.
- Historically, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous, so people grew them as ornamental plants.
- Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin B6, biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin, vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. They also contain lycopene, which has been shown to protect against several types of cancer, prevent heart disease and lower risk of eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. The redder the tomato, the higher the lycopene content. And, as with all fruits and vegetables, organic tomatoes will be higher in nutrients than conventionally-grown.
- Always store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If you must refrigerate them, place in the warmest section of the fridge (typically the door).
*Fun facts from The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael T. Murray, N.D., Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. and Lara Pizzorno, L.A., L.M.T.