Green Chili Turkey & Cilantro Rice Bowl // Featured on The Chew

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THE CHEW - 1/5/16 Daphne Oz returns from her maternity leave and Chris Powell is the guest today on THE CHEW, airing MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/ Lou Rocco) MICHAEL SYMONE, DAPHNE OZ, CHRIS POWELL, MARIO BATALI, HEIDI POWELL, CARLA HALL
As part of our whirlwind adventures, Chris and I recently had the opportunity to visit the amazing peeps at The Chew. They are truly just as nice as they appear on TV, and we had a blast making one of our favorite recipes from our new book, Extreme Transformation. At the request (or, dare I say, challenge?) of the Mister, it turned into a gun show before we started any cooking! 🙂 By the end, in true Powell form, we put Carla through a little challenge of her own.

THE CHEW - 1/5/16 Daphne Oz returns from her maternity leave and Chris Powell is the guest today on THE CHEW, airing MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/ Lou Rocco) CARLA HALL, CHRIS POWELL, HEIDI POWELL
Seriously…I think we knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s the perfect combo of healthy carbs and lean protein, super easy to prep, and completely delicious. Not only does it have a kick of unexpected flavor, but it’s only 305 calories a serving! Ladies and gents, I give you The Chew-approved Green Chili Turkey and Cilantro Rice Bowl—straight from the pages of Extreme Transformation.

Green Chili Turkey and Cilantro Rice Bowl
High-Carb Meal

Green Chili Turkey

3 ounces extra lean ground turkey
1 red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup red onion, chopped
1 medium poblano pepper, roasted and diced
1 small green tomatillo or green tomato
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch of salt substitute
Pinch of ground black pepper
¼ cup water
Pinch of ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon cilantro, rinsed and chopped
Juice of ½ lime

  1. Heat skillet to medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Crumble turkey into the skillet and stir to break up into small pieces.
  2. Add bell peppers, red onion, roasted poblano, green tomatillo, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt substitute, black pepper, water, and cayenne. Stir and cook until turkey is cooked through.
  3. Add cilantro and lime juice. Mix with green beans and serve over Cilantro Rice.

Cilantro Rice

¼ cup cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
½ tablespoon lime juice
Pinch ground cumin
Pinch black pepper
Pinch salt substitute

  1. Cook rice and toss with cilantro, lime juice, cumin, salt substitute, and black pepper.

Green Beans

1 cup of green beans

  1. Steam and toss with turkey mixture. Serve over cilantro rice.

Makes 1 serving

Nutritional information: 305 cals; 3g fat; 44g carbs; 27g protein

To get all 21 days? worth of amazing recipes, plus 21 days? worth of exercise plans, get your copy of Extreme Transformation now!




Related reading:

Clean Cheat // Muddy Buddies
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes with Pumpkin Seed Granola
Carb Cycling: The Extreme Cycle
Extreme Transformation Sneak Peek Workout

27 Responses

  1. Hi
    I’m using the Transform App. Is this ok to eat as one of my meals on high carb days?

    Thanks x

    1. Hi Letasha: Yes! This recipe is actually in the app! Look in High Carb/Gourmet! 🙂

  2. Can certain foods be used as both a fat and protein, for example on low carb days I eat one serving of full fat Greek yogurt, so can the yogurt count as both fat and protein? Also, on low carb days is it OK to go full fat with cottage cheese/yogurt and on high carb days go low fat cottage cheese and yogurt?

    1. Hi Lori: If you’re following the Extreme Cycle, there’s a chart in this post (Create Your Own Meals), as well as lots of other helpful meal planning info, that shows you the calories for each macro to aim for for each meal: I hope it helps!

  3. How practical is it for your family? Do you follow it with your kids? I have 5 hungry boys. Some very athletic. Wrestling, water polo, and basketball. How do you make it work with so many different life styles? Is it do-able in a family setting with different caloric needs?

    1. Hi Kelly: Carb cycling can work for families! For kids, you’ll want to make sure they eat a protein, carb, fat, and veggies for every meal, so it can be as simple as adding in the macro that’s not included in the meal you’re making for yourself. And kids, especially growing and athletic ones, can have larger serving sizes also. Here’s another blog post that might help: Hope that helps!

  4. So replacing it with chicken or turkey won’t effect the balance of the meals? I thought subbing to much does create a difference? Thank you for the advice

  5. I have a question I’m on my first cycle of extreme transformation and looking at the meal plan is impossible for me to eat half of the meals due to the fact that I am allergic to fish oil (taking a lot vitamins is truly not possible) but Is there really any way to alter some of these meals and still stay within the right goals of healthy eating… I have been recycling the same meals plus some I know separately but it’s getting boring.. Any ideas how to help with this type of an issue???

    1. Hi Kaila: You can replace the fish in most recipes with another lean meat protein source from the food list in the book, which should give you more options to choose from. Hope that helps!

  6. Hi,

    Is there anyway you can give me the carbs on this without the rice? I am using this for a low carb meal with green beans only and no rice. I am trying to put it in myfitness pal as well.

  7. Hi-

    I did your 21 day cycle to and followed it to a t, and have just completed week of a turbo cycle. I have lost 1 pound in this month and am feeling VERY discouraged. (I have plenty to lose- in 5’0 and weigh 163). Any suggestions? I work out as prescribed, plus do Crossfit, and I drink about a gallon of water a day. I am at a loss and feeling so discouraged. Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Nicole: So sorry for your frustrations. Depending on your past dieting, it can take your body a bit of time to adjust to a new way of doing things and/or to a difference in calorie consumption and/or workout routine. Please be patient – it sounds like you’re doing awesome! Did you follow the 21 days of meals as outlined in the book? Or did you put your own meals together? How long, on average are you working out a day, and how many days are you working out? I’d love to help you figure things out, so please email me at [email protected]. Hope to hear from you soon!

  8. I having a hard time preparing all the different meals. That’s the hardest part for me. I tried for the last few weeks and wasn’t able to make all the different meals. Is it OK to eat the same meals a few days in a row, as long as it is in the category of high carb or low carb? I have oly lost 8 lbs in the last couple weeks. This week I am up a 1 lb and not sure if the modificationsI am making is contributed to a 1 lb gain. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank You, Michelle A.Miller

    1. Hi Michelle: In the Extreme Cycle, you can 1) follow the 21 days of meals as outlined, 2) substitute other recipes (high-carb for high-carb, etc., like you suggested) so your meal prep is easier, 3) put your own meals together (there’s some info on this in Day 4), or 4) a combination of the 3 options. We want this program to be flexible and usable for everyone! And congratulations on losing 8 pounds – that’s awesome!

  9. Good Morning Heidi & Chris..luv your new book….i could eat the green turkey chili every day for the 4 high carb days…is this acceptable or do I need to follow daily meal plan as planned out ..also i prefer a sweeter named Ideal which is Xylitol , is this acceptable?….i am a 63 year old female 5 ft 2 inches at 170 lbs which is not healthy…i am blessed as I am otherwise healthy and take no meds other than a bunch of vitamins…ur new book is spot on about digging deep within yourself…my mind is my greatest enemy…i am studying hard and determined to get weight proportinate and remain med free..tku for all you do!

    1. Hi Sandra: Yes, xylitol is an acceptable sweetener. In the Extreme Cycle, you can 1) follow the 21 days of meals as outlined, 2) substitute other recipes (high-carb for high-carb, etc., like you suggested) so your meal prep is easier, 3) put your own meals together (there?s some info on this in Day 4), or 4) a combination of the 3 options. We want this program to be flexible and usable for everyone! You can totally do this!

  10. Hi Chris and Heidi. I am in my second week of Extreme Transformation and I love it! I successfully lost 50 lbs. following the carb cycling plan from your last book; but I got bored. I basically ate salads and stir fry every day because I didn’t know how to cook creatively. I am really enjoying all of your recipes in your new book. They are amazing and so flavorful! I have a question, however. Maybe its a no-brainer, I just don’t know. Your recipes are portioned just right for the plan; but some of the recipes are a lot of food! Do I eat until I’m satisfied, then stop or do I finish it? I’m so afraid of getting hungry and blowing it if I don’t eat it all. And I don’t want to rob myself of nutrition and energy.

    Thanks for all you do to help those of us who struggle with food issues every day! You are very compassionate and caring people.

    1. Hi RaeAnn: So excited you’re loving the new book! If you can eat all that yummy food (who’d have thought we’d be talking about this on a “diet”? Lol), then do, but just eat as much as you can. Many of us are used to restrictive diets where we’re hungry most of the time, so it might take your body a bit of time to get used to eating all this nutritious food. You can do this!

  11. Hello Heidi and Chris!!

    I just finished reading your Extreme Transformation book. I read it cover to cover but do not understand how to incorporate vegan sources of protein into the diet. I think I am missing something? I was thinking of substituting Tofu for all of the meat in the recipes. Is that ok? Can I also substitute with store bought seitan? And could I substitute with beans? If I can use beans, how do I match up with the number of carbs that I need?

    Thank you for all that you and your team do! You inspire thousands of people each day to be better people!! I love you guys!!

    1. Hi Guni: Yes, you can substitute tofu and seitan for any meat-type proteins. Beans are counted as carbs, so it would be best to choose another protein substitute. Hope that helps – you can totally do this! ?

  12. I admire you and Chris! Y’all have such a beautiful family. I am 20 years old and am getting married in June, I currently weigh 195 and my goal weight is 130. I have read yalls books and exercises and blog, I just can’t seem to stay motivated to lose weight. I honestly think I have an addiction to food and do not know how to handle it. Do you have any advice or wise words to help? I feel like I’m to the point where I’m absolutely DESPERATE!
    Thank you for being who you are!

    1. Hi Shayla: Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Here’s Chris and Heidi’s #1 transformation tool, and it can definitely help keep you on track. Check it out here: Give it a try? You can do this!

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