Good afternoon and happy Monday folks.
How about we jump right in to a recipe? Because the only productive thing I did this past week was make a kick ass chili.
So the parents were in town for the super bowl – go Ravens! – and I couldn’t just not cook for them while they were here. Plus cooking for them means I get to use their card for grocery shopping. Hell. Yes.Â
Chili is one of my favorite things to whip up and it’s perfect for watching football so that’s what was on the menu last night.
Three Bean + Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
- 1 box low sodium chicken broth
- 1.25 lbs ground turkey
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
- ~2-3 cups diced sweet potato
- 16 oz can sweet kernel corn
- 16 oz can red kidney beans
- 16 oz can black beans
- 16 oz can cannellini beans
- 36 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 T honey
- chili powder
- red pepper flakes
- smoked paprika
- dried Mexican oregano
- hot sauce
Make sure you’ve got your starting line ready.
As well as these magic makers.
Okie doke. Heat up some good ole EVOO over medium-high heat in a dutch oven and toss in the garlic and onion. Let that sautÃ© until juuust tender and then throw in the ground turkey.
Brown the turkey and then cover with chicken stock and reduce heat to medium-low. By the way, the key to browning meat is to let it do its thing. Don’t poke and prod and mess around with it. LetÂ it brown and thenÂ you can poke at it so the other side can brown, too. K? K.
Around this time I usually add in a little S&P just for good measure. Now, time for the beans and corn.
Drain the beans – rinsing is optional – and then add them to the meat along with the diced tomatoes.
Right around this point I realized I was missing Mexican oregano and honey (not pictured) which are both awesome in chili. What was I thinking?
While you’re at it go ahead and bring the sweet potato in the picture and then it’s time for the spices.
(My apologies for not knowing specific measurements on these guys but part of the fun of cooking is deciding whatÂ you think works best so taste as you go. I’ll even ask whoever is around while I’m cooking to give it a taste see what their opinion is.)
After everything has been added cover and reduce heat to simmer and let cook until sweet potatoes are tender. I let mine go for a good 4-5 hours for maximum flavor. Chili is one of those things that tastes better the longer it sits so all the flavors get to marry and then just blow your mind.
Sunflower butter + sliced organic apple
As the chili was doing its thing I made a snack to hold me over until it was ready to serve. When I reached into the cupboard where I keep all of my nut butters I realized I might have a problem.
I currently have ten – yes, I saidÂ ten – jars of nut butter including two PB2 powdered peanut butters in original and chocolate, four different flavored peanut butters, two different flavored almond butters, a cashew butter, and my most recent purchase, a sunflower butter.
Not going to lie, this sunflower butter is gooooood. If you ever see any I definitely recommend you try it out. Two thumbs up.
*Still waiting on chili.*
Look! My neighbor was out yesterday. How ironic since Saturday was Groundhog’s Day, huh? I don’t know what the verdict was with the national groundhog (Is there even such?) but my groundhog is feeling spring. Fine by me!
Make this chili. It’s good. Promise. Serve it with some whole wheat skillet cornbread, too.
Ending with a picture of my beautiful friends because they’re too cool for school.
Hope everyone started the week off right!