Thursday, January 29, 2015

Game Day Turkey Chili

Chili is typically associated with two things - cold weather and football.  With the big game coming up this Sunday (and yes, I am from New England, so I will be rooting for the Patriots), try out this easy crock pot chili recipe that you can leave simmering all day.  Oh, and the best part? It's a little healthier since it uses turkey meat instead of beef or another red meat that you may use.

No matter who you root for, enjoy the game and eat lots of great food (like this chili)! :)

-1 medium onion, chopped
-1 green bell pepper, chopped (or two Cubanelle peppers)
-2 teaspoons of minced garlic (roughly 2 cloves)
-2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey meat 
-2 19 ounce cans of dark red kidney beans, strained and rinsed
-1 cup beef broth
-1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
-1 12 ounce bottle Heinz chili sauce
-1 tablespoon cumin
-1 teaspoon chili powder (can add more later for more spice if needed)
-1 tablespoon olive oil 
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Sour cream and shredded cheese (optional for topping)

In a crock pot, stir the onions, green peppers, garlic, and a little salt and pepper with the olive oil.  Add in the ground turkey, making sure to break it up a bit as you add it, so it is not all in big clumps.  Then add the beans, beef broth, tomatoes, chili sauce, cumin, and chili powder.

Set your crock pot to cook for 8-10 hours.  If you are making this later in the day, you can of course set the timer for 4-6 hours, but it is great if you can get this started in the morning and let it cook all day.  It also makes your house smell delicious! 

Once done, scoop the chili into bowls and top with the sour cream and shredded cheese if using.  Happy game day!

For more Game Day Chili recipes, check out these other #ComfortFoodFeast posts:

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Blizzard Preparedness!

Okay, so the Blizzard of 2015 is officially upon us! I originally had another recipe that I was going to post, but instead, I decided to share a few tips to help you get through the blizzard (or any storm - for those lucky ducks not in New England right now).

Whenever a storm comes through, the markets are INSANE! It is absolute madness! Try to get your shopping done a few days earlier.  And why buy ten gallons of milk? If you lose power, you will have a lot of nasty milk... so please remember to not go crazy! And don't feel that you need to pig out on just cereal or junk food either.  Of course, I love eating those items too; however, I still like to make myself some nice dishes, even if I don't have power! I refuse to let the power win! So don't cave in, you can still eat well, even if it is in the dark!

Here are 5 recipes you can make ahead or make during the storm:

1.) Homemade Granola - this is great! It makes a ton of granola so you can make it ahead of time and then toss it in some yogurt, cereal, or just eat plain!

2.) Mexican Caviar (Corn and Black Bean Salsa) - This requires no cooking, so you can just mix the ingredients together, grab a bag of chips, and enjoy!

3.) Caprese Salad - simple, easy, delicious!

4.) Beet and Arugula Salad - another simple and tasty dish that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner.  Pre cook some chicken and toss it in to add a little extra protein.

5.) S'mores Hot Chocolate! Okay, so if you lose power, this may be tricky, but you can get creative and use a kitchen torch (if you have one), or if you are lucky and have one - a wood burning stove or fireplace!

Enjoy these few recipes and most importantly, stay safe! And maybe throw in some laundry and do your dishes before the storm hits.  No one likes a stinky house!

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