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Cherries are high in antioxidants; in fact, they contain similar amounts as blueberries and other berries. Cherries’ RED color comes from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that studies suggest may reduce risk factors for heart disease and inflammation.
Makes about 2 quarts or 8 servings


• 4 ounces dried tart cherries, chopped (3/4 cup)
• 2 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth, divided
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
• 1 pound lean ground turkey (7% fat Jennie O)
• 1 roasted red Bell pepper, cut into 1/4” cubes
• 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 4 cups chopped fire-roasted* tomatoes
• 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 16-ounce can, rinsed and drained)
• 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

*May substitute regular canned chopped tomatoes

Heat one cup of the broth. Place cherries in small mixing bowl. Add hot broth and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for about five minutes or until onion is soft. Add garlic and cook one minute longer. Do not brown garlic. Add turkey and cook until it is no longer pink.

Add roasted Bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, mustard and oregano. Cook mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for about two minutes. Add tomatoes and remaining cup of broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat & simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.

Stir in beans, cherries and cilantro. Continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes or until mixture is just heated through. Season with additional salt if desired.

Nutrition Info: Calories 223, Total Fat 6g, Sat Fat 2g, Chol 41mg, Sodium 448mg, Total Carb 28g, Fiber 5g, Sugars 14g, Protein 17g

Recipe created by Cheryl Forberg for Cherry Marketing Institute



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