If you haven’t read any of my previous posts let me preface this with the fact that I don’t cook…
Well, in the last couple years I’ve tried very hard to learn how to cook and I wish that I was one of those people that find it relaxing and even enjoyable. But to me cooking makes me anxious and always takes me twice as long as the recipe calls for. I was very lucky that for the first 8 years of our marriage my husband did most of the cooking and then I would substitute a rotisserie chicken and some box mac and cheese with canned peas. Am I serious? Yes, yes, I am.
When I was introduced to Clean Eating I realized just how awful our eating was and I was determined to change our menu, not just for me but for my whole family. It took me a long time to even wrap my head around actually chopping whole foods up and substituting very convenient foods for home made versions. I would look at recipes with 20 or more ingredients and I would just shut down. It all looked so complicated. I found I needed recipes that had 10 or less ingredients or I didn’t even bother trying to make it. Ease has always been one of my goals in cooking and the ability to have lots of left overs is pivotal. I needed something that I could eat as a quick lunch and have at least as one more dinner for those crazy busy nights, or just plain tired nights.
I found chili to be a prefect solution, especially on these cold nights! This is my version.
Takes about an hour to make but only 10-15 minutes of prep! Super easy to start, set timer, and walk away to get all those other things done.
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 large Yellow or Sweet Onions
4-6 cloves of garlic (depending on size of cloves)
1 1/2 pounds of lean ground turkey meat
1 tablespoon of chili powder
28 oz. of canned diced tomatoes
1 cup of Vegetable broth
1 can of tomato paste
3 cans of kidney bean
1. In a large pot, saute the onion and garlic in the oil.
2. Once the onions are translucent, add turkey meat and stir until cooked.
3. Stir in chili powder.
4. Add vegetable broth.
5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and beans.
6. Keep at a low steady boil for about 45 min.
7. Serve over a bed of spinach, or whole wheat pasta (my family’s favorite!)
If I can make it, anyone can!
1. Buy a mini food processor to dice onion and garlic. This makes my life much easier and I find I use it for almost all my recipes!
This is the one I have:
2. I recommend organic ingredients and BPA free cans. These can be found at your local organic grocery store and even some conventional grocery stores carry them.