This white chili recipe is rich in vitamin D and great for the cold season. Because our bodies can only make their own vitamin D when exposed to the sun’s rays, winter is prime time for a deficiency in this important vitamin. Foods rich in vitamin D can help replenish your body’s stores when sunlight is low. Whole milk is a great way to get vitamin D because it is fortified with the vitamin, and it contains the fat required to utilize it. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which means that it is better absorbed when eaten with a source of fat.
Preparation Time: 15min
4 Tbsp butter
½ yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
4 Tbsp oat flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 15 oz can cannellini beans
1 15 oz can white hominy
1 4 oz can chopped green chilies
1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced
2 cups Vitamin D fortified whole milk of choice
1 Tbsp cumin
½ tsp salt
Crushed oregano or fresh cilantro to taste
1. In a stock pot over medium low heat, sauté the onion and garlic in butter.
2. Once onion is translucent, add the flour and whisk until a thick paste forms.
3. Slowly pour in your chicken broth and heat to a slow boil. This should thicken the soup slightly so if you need to, allow more time here before adding the other ingredients.
4. Once thickened, add the beans, hominy, chilies, and chicken. Heat through then add the milk and spices to taste and serve warm. Garnish with green onion and crushed black pepper.