Triple Bean Chili Recipe for ADD

Triple Bean Chili Recipe for ADD
According to Additude Magazine, one comprehensive resource to inform people of the many facets of Attention Deficit Disorder, "Medication isn’t everything — when it comes to helping ADHD symptoms, the right diet can be among the most effective forms of treatment." The article by Sandy Newmark, M.D. discusses the type of diet that improves the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder. There is a lot to be learned in this article about maintaining a good nutritional balance.

Some ideas put forth by Dr. Newmark are that folks with ADD/ADHD are helped by eating a diet that has high-quality protein, complex carbohydrates, good fat, veggies, no food colorings, or preservatives. My Triple Bean Turkey Chili Recipe hits all of these criteria, plus it is simple to make. A child who is able to brown meat and open food cans could cook this meal as part of his chores! It's as simple as 1-2-3!

This soup is high in sodium, since it uses canned ingredients and onion soup mix. You could decrease the sodium content by leaving the soup mix out and using chopped fresh onions, instead. You could also drain and rinse the beans, although you lose some nutritional value when you discard the liquid from the beans.

Triple Bean Turkey Chili Recipe for ADD


¼ cup olive oil
1 pound turkey burger (You may use any type of ground meat that you prefer.)
2 cups of warm water
1 envelope of onion soup mix
1 large can (28 ounces) of enchilada sauce
2 cans (15 ounces) tomatoes (Use plain diced tomatoes for milder chili or tomatoes with peppers for a little kick of heat and flavor.)
3 cans (15 ounces) of beans (I used 2 cans of black beans and 1 can of cannelloni beans, but you may use what you prefer. You may even increase the beans.)
Optional-any additional seasonings that you want-corn kernels-extra beans-extra meat-meat substitute to make a vegetarian version-chopped peppers-chopped zucchini squash or yellow squash.


In a heavy Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the turkey burger. Brown it off until no pink remains. Mix in the envelope of onion soup and stir until it is thoroughly mixed with the meat and oil. Add 2 cups of water to the burger and the envelope of soup mix. Cook the turkey burger until the water is almost evaporated, but a small amount of water remains. Add the enchilada sauce and beans. Simmer over medium-low heat for at least half an hour. I like to simmer it for an hour or two, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking. When the beans are not drained, you need to stir more frequently, since they have a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pan. Make sure that you scrape the bottom of the pan as you stir. If you have added additional vegetables, check to see that they are your desired level of doneness. Add the tomatoes and let stand for 15 minutes while you finish making your meal. This is the soupy type of chili, not the thick kind which is used for chili dogs.

After the chili started simmering, I added half a cup of frozen corn kernels and 2 cups of zucchini chunks. It stretched my food dollar and added nutrition. The basic recipe is delish, but our family loves the extra veggies.

This soup goes well with grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese quesadillas. If you don't want sandwiches, you could sprinkle the soup with shredded cheese. Whole grain crackers are good with this. Finish your meal planning with more great nutrition. Add a small platter of crunchy carrot and celery sticks or a lovely fruit salad and you have a full meal deal!


These are balanced discussions of using food to help improve ADD symptoms. If you are interested in the science behind this school of thought, these articles will give you a starting point.

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