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Healthy Turkey Chili

 

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We live on the east coast, and unless you live on the other side of the earth, you probably heard we were expecting an major snow storm this weekend.  So I did what everyone else on the east coast did, hit up the grocery store and Saturday morning, while it was pouring rain(we had a blizzard Friday afternoon and night only to lose all the snow over night to rain) I made some healthy turkey chili. Then proceeded to trash it up all weekend!

 

 

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Turkey chili nachos, so good for lunch on Saturday

 

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Chili cheese fries for Dinner Sunday night, these really aren’t too bad for you, they were made of sweet potatoes I cut up, seasoned with chili powder and baked in a little olive oil, topped with chili and low fat mozz cheese, sooooo goood!

And then on Monday I took the chili to work and ate at it’s healthiest, with salad! I don’t use any oil in the chili, while I’m browning up my white meat turkey, I brown it with an onion and the add the moisture that cooks out from the onion and add extra favor to the turkey, then add Rotel tomatoes with chilies, fire roasted tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and let it cook for a good while to get nice an thick.  If you don’t have the time to cook it that long, it’ll just be a bit thinner

Healthy Turkey Chili

1 lb. white meat turkey

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can of Rotel tomatoes with chilies

1 15 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes

2 TBSP chili powder ( I like it hot, so you can back off some if you want to)

1 1/2 tsp. cumin

salt & pepper

In a large pot break up turkey over medium heat and add onions, cook until turkey is done, then add garlic and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.  Add tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, bring up to a boil, then turn down to low and simmer and hour, so it cooks down and is nice and thick. Serve it healthy with a salad or trash it up and top on tortilla chips add some cheese, microwave until the cheese melt and add some halved cherry tomatoes and lime juice!

 

 

Healthy Turkey Chili!

 

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It’s been a crazy weekend!  Took the dog to have her photo with Santa, got her in the house and the Christmas tree fell down…. what the what, really.

 

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Life…… any way, while getting ready for the holidays on Sunday ummm, I’m going to say, I was cleaning out the freezer, actually I was looking for something I couldn’t find, so I had to empty the freezer…. so while the freezer is empty, I cleaned it out!  Found some ground turkey I’d forgotten about, had some chopped up peppers in there(when peppers are plentiful in the summer, buy extras, chop them up, freeze them and use them in sauces and chili’s during the winter to save $$) so I made chili for dinner.

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It’s actually quite healthy, and with the indulgences I’m planning on Friday, I need to keep it light this week! We’re talking Ham, Pulled Pork, Slow Cook Scalloped Potatoes, Tortilla Wraps(so I can say there’s a vegetarian dish on the counter), Old Fashioned Coconut Pie, maybe an Apple Dumpling, Whip Cream and who knows what else!

 

One thing I’ve found out while eating a healthy lifestyle, is that in order for you to love the food you’re eating, it can’t be boring.  Who’s going to eat Grilled Chicken every night and not go crazy (ok I can eat it like 5 to 6 times a week, but not every night!) Another thing I found out that makes healthy eating more enjoyable, is to add spice to add to the favor and this Chili packs a little spice and a lot of favor.  At the end you add a little Red Pepper, if you have little ones, maybe leave that out, but otherwise, add on!

 

 

Healthy Turkey Chili

1 lb. ground turkey

1 green pepper, chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic

2 cups of chicken stock

1 can of tomatoes with pepper

2 TBSP chili powder

1 tsp.  cumin

1 15 can of black beans, rinse

10 oz. frozen corn

1/4 tsp. red pepper

Brown turkey, with onion, pepper, and garlic until brown and cooked through, then add stock, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, black beans and corn, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add red pepper is you choose and cook 5 more minutes.  Top with cheese and chip(optional)

Healthy Taco Salad

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I love Mexican food!  The hubs has been out of town recently, so since my daughter shares my love of Mexican, we been having it a lot.  But keeping Mexican healthy, isn’t as easy as it looks  The best advice, be careful with portions sizes, add as much greens and veggies as you can, to keep it healthy.  Plus eat at home, then you can control all the ingredients.

 

 

TACO SALAD taco salad

In this recipe, I use healthy ground turkey, plus black beans.  It really bulks up the filling, with lots of lean protein to keep you filled up!  Serve it on top of healthy Romaine lettuce, some tomatoes, a dressing made of Greek yogurt and salsa, a little healthy string cheese if you want cheese, and you’re all good!

 

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I actually used dried beans, that I had cooked off in my slow cooker and froze, but canned beans, rinsed work great, use what you have.   The turkey is very lean, but with the beans in the mix, it keeps it super moist plus it stretches you food dollar.  Beans are super cheap, whether you use dried beans(the cheapest or canned beans, still cheap) and it’s makes your filling go further, plus the health benefits from all the fiber you get from them.  Make up a big batch of taco seasoning, so you can use it for this recipe, as well as having on hand for future uses.TACO SALAD

Healthy Taco Salad

Home Made Taco Seasoning

3 TBSP. Chili Powder

1 TBSP. Cumin

1 TBSP. Garlic Powder

2 TBSP. Paprika

1 TBSP. Onion Powder

1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional)

Add 2 to 3 TBSP to lb. of ground meat with 1/4 cup of water, cook until water is absorbed. Makes enough for 3 lbs. of meat.

Healthy Taco Salad

1 lb. ground turkey

1 1/2 cups of beans or 1 can of beans, rinsed

2 to 3 TBSP of taco seasoning

1 5 oz. container of Greek yogurt

1/2 c. salsa

1/4 c. water

romaine lettuce

tomatoes

grated cheese

Brown turkey in skillet until cooked through, then add beans, taco seasoning (2 to 3 TBSP. add more for more favor) and water and simmer until water is absorbed.  Add yogurt and salsa to a bowl and stir together.  Serve meat mixture atop lettuce and tomatoes and drizzle on dressing.