Recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili

This dish is an old favorite that my mom always made for us growing up, and it is perfect for these chilly nights.  It is a variation of the recipe found in Down by the Water: A Collection of Recipes from the Junior League of Columbia, SC.  I hope you enjoy this protein rich dish!


  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans of Great Northern Beans
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (roughly 3.5 cups when cooked)
  • 6 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 (4 oz.) cans diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Recommended Toppings:

  • cheese (Monterey Jack is my preference, although Colby also works)
  • whole wheat tortilla chips


  • Poach the chicken breasts until fully cooked; then, rinse and chop.
  • Chop the onion.
  • Drain and rinse the beans.
  • Combine beans, garlic, half of the onion, and chicken broth in a large pot.  Bring to a boil and then let these ingredients simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Saute the rest of the onion in a pan with olive oil.  Then, add the chiles, oregano, cumin, and cayenne.  Blend well and let sit on low setting for 5 minutes, before adding to the large pot with the other ingredients.
  • Add the chicken to the pot, and let the chili simmer for 1-1.5 hours.  Stir as needed.
  • Serve with a variety of toppings.  Cheese and tortilla chips are recommended!

Tip: You can also buy any of the above ingredients in organic form.

If you try this recipe and enjoy it, please let me know!  Do you have any other interesting topping ideas?!  Lastly, be on the lookout for a giveaway announcement tomorrow!

Healthy Happenings

Hi, everyone, and happy Hump Day!  Do you know why its an exciting week?!  Because on Monday, I officially began the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).  What does the program entail?  Well, it is an eleven month online program with a curriculum that addresses over 100 dietary theories, counseling techniques, and business training.  What specifically drew me to IIN’s program is the holistic approach that it takes when it comes to health and wellness.  At the end, I will be qualified to become a certified Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, an independent professional association for holistic healthcare professionals.

I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with my certification (I’ve got a year to think about it), but I am eager to apply what I will be learning regarding nutrition to my personal lifestyle and dietary habits.  Also, as part of my training, I will begin completing health histories halfway through the program, during which I will need some willing participants to work with me!

IIN package arrived in the mail!

Full of goodies!

I also began teaching Reformer Pilates classes at Exhale Pilates Studio this week!  I’ll be teaching there 2-3 mornings per week while one of the owners is out on maternity leave.  I am thrilled to be in their studio more often, as well as to get to know all of their wonderful clients!

On another note, learn how to brighten someone’s day by reading my most recent blog post, “Make Someone’s Day,” for The Zesty Digest for Sweet Lemon Magazine.

And one last thing, be on the look out for an exciting announcement regarding my first giveaway before the end of the week!

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!  Oh yeah, and happy Halloween!