Easy Chili

Happy New Year!

Haha, I know I’m a little late in the game as usual but here we are in 2017!

This Christmas was the first year in the last 5 years that I have just stayed home and it was so nice! It felt extra long since I didn’t travel anywhere. It’s funny how at the start of a break I always feel super ambitious and there’s all these things I’m going to do (like post this recipe) but with each day that passes I get lazier and lazier and I somehow never get the important things done (like getting my tires rotated). But now with the holidays behind us I’m easing back into the swing of things and meal-prepping all my food as usual 🙂

I have been making this chili for a while and it’s so easy and so delicious! I know chili is nothing ground breaking but this has been a staple for me lately so I want to be sure I put it up here so I can always remember how to make it. It seriously only takes a few minutes to throw together and then lunch for a week is done.

House update: We met with the builder last week for a walk through and he expects the house will be ready for move in mid-March! What?!! That is feeling like it’s coming up super fast! That is just about 9 weeks away. It is all framed now and the next step is a roof, then insulation then sheet rock. For all I know the roof could already be done!

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I am getting so excited to really decorate. I have never decorated any place I’ve ever lived and I’ve always thought I was kind of clueless in that department but I think I could be good at it if I gave it a shot. So I’ve been collecting all sorts of images on Pinterest and I’m excited!

And how about these winter storms?! I feel like we haven’t gotten this much snow in YEARS. It seems like we are just getting hit with storm after storm but that’s a good thing I suppose. I haven’t done a super good job of getting out and playing in the snow all that much yet but I will. I’m going to take skiing lessons this year so that I can become a proficient skier. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before but last year I switched from snowboarding to skiing. I skied until I was 17 and then took up snowboarding because it was the new, cool thing to do. It was SO HARD to learn how to snowboard, especially since I never took a lesson, I just figured it out on my own. But snowboarding got to be hard on my neck. I have herniated disks in my neck so the constant looking around would just kill my neck. I thought skiing would be more of a “lifelong” sport that I could enjoy for many years to come. I only went a few times last year but I did enjoy it and it is certainly much easier than snowboarding!*

*Please note I only do green runs with the occasional blue run so I’m not implying that skiing is easy, haha!

Alright, here is that chili recipe!

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Easy Turkey Chili
Makes 8 2-cup servings or 16 1-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs leanest ground turkey you can find (my costco has organic!)
  • 3-4 cups broth, divided (Any broth will do. I’ve used vegetable and chicken)
  • 3 carrots (1lb), peeled and diced
  • 1-2 zucchini (9oz), peeled and diced
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 28 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (I think this is the secret ingredient)
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ground pepper to taste

Directions

In a large soup pot cook the ground turkey over medium heat in about 2 cups of broth to prevent turkey from sticking to the pan. While the turkey cooks, peel and chop the carrots and zucchini (food processor is great here if you have one). Add the vegetables to the pan as soon as you are done chopping them. Puree the tomatoes in a blender until smooth. Once the turkey is cooked all the way through add the pureed tomatoes, marinara sauce, kidney beans, pinto beans and spices. Add remaining broth until desired consistency is reached. Bring to a boil then simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.

I don’t usually calculate the nutrition facts for things but since I had the time over break I did it and as you can see this chili is an excellent source of protein!

If you made this into 8 servings (about 2 cups each serving) you would have the following per serving:

469 calories
39g carbohydrate
46g protein
12g fat

Ok I hope you’ve started watching The Bachelor! You know I have! I have my bracket going and everything. I was filling it out the other night but then Rocco threw up on it so I guess we all know how he feels about this season! (I don’t know why he threw up. He’s fine I promise)

I hope your January is off to a great start!

Laura

 

 

 

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