Texas Two-Step Stew

It doesn’t haven’t to be the dead of winter to enjoy a hearty stew. When I want a healthy dinner that will feed the whole family, my made-over Texas Two-Step Stew guarantees a well-rounded meal in just one pot. Plus, you can’t beat two steps!

Because stews are a mix of meat, veggies and grains, you’re guaranteed a nutritionally fit meal. The only hiccup is traditional Spanish stews call for pork sausage. So I gave it a “Fun, Fit Foodie” makeover by replacing the full-fat sausage with turkey chorizo. You could even use boneless, skinless chicken breasts to trim the fat — just be sure to add a seasoning blend to mimic the chorizo spice.

Low-Fat Spanish Rice Stew


Texas Two-Step Stew
Serves 6

Nutritional profile:
300 calories
6 g total fat
0 g saturated fat
43 g carbs
4 g fiber
20 g protein


8 oz. uncooked turkey chorizo sausage, casings removed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz.) hominy or yellow corn grits
1 pkg. (6 oz.) Spanish-style rice mix
6 cups water


  1. Lightly coat a skillet with cooking spray. Add sausage and onion and cook over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink. Drain off any fat and transfer the sausage-onion mixture to a pressure cooker.
  2. Add the beans, hominy, rice (including any seasoning packet) and water. Set the pressure cooker for 20 minutes and let the steam cook the rice.


About JNL

Jennifer Nicole Lee is an International fitness model, best-selling author and motivational speaker who has appeared on Oprah, CBS The Early Show, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment and Fox and Friends. She is the author of the The Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook and was named one of the “Three Top Females in the Fitness Industry” of 2011 by Yahoo Sports.

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