Studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants found in zucchini, may protect against cataracts and macular degeneration, so consider this dinner a feast for your eyes—literally.
2 pounds extra-lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups chopped onions
6 cups chopped zucchini
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 cans (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
4 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons cayenne
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup beer or water
1 bunch cilantro, chopped, for garnish
Brown ground beef, drain, and set aside. Add oil to a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat and sauté onions, zucchini, and garlic until tender. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, and spices, then pour in water or beer to bring to desired consistency. Simmer 1 hour. Serve topped with cilantro.