One pot meals are some of my favorite dishes because it doesn’t require a lot of time especially when you don’t have a lot of time to begin with. And because it’s so simple, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of the ease for all-around healthy food.
You can’t get any more well balanced in a meal than this turkey chili. Plenty of protein from the turkey and beans. Complex carbs from the beans with TONS of fiber from both the beans and veggies. And not to forget to mention, there is no flavor lacking in this chili. Don’t let the ground turkey concern you! Cumin is the secret to making ground turkey (or ground chicken) taste similar to beef. But if you must, you can simply use a lean ground beef instead.
I personally use half ground turkey and half ground turkey breast. The ground turkey breast is very lean with a little higher protein content, only about 1.5g of fat per 4oz and no saturated fat like regular ground turkey. It’s a fair compromise to really make it healthy. Actually, it’s just to make room for me to top it off with some of my Homemade Queso Fresco cheese, haha! For those who are diabetic, with 8 servings in this chili you’ll get about 16g net carbs which isn’t so bad for how filling it is. You can make your portion smaller and enjoy a side of veggies or a salad to keep the carbs down more.
TURKEY BEAN CHILI
In a large pot over medium-high heat cover the bottom of the pot with olive oil and sauté the bell peppers, onions, jalapeno, and garlic stirring until the onions are translucent.
Add the ground turkey, chili powder, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and dried bay leaf. Use a wooden spoon to break apart the ground turkey and mix everything together.
Once the ground turkey is nearly cooked after about several minutes, add the canned crushed tomatoes, vegetable stock, and worchestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce the temperature to a steady simmer for about 45 minutes uncovered. Stir once in a while.
Add the black beans and kidney beans the last 5 minutes.
Revised: September 7, 2017
This Tofu Chorizo tastes practically identical to the traditional Mexican chorizo we’re all familiar with at the store. The major difference which seems to be a huge deal is that the pork is replaced with tofu. It sounds absolutely ridiculous but it really isn’t. Chorizo is all about the combination of spices and of course the grease factor because it’s pork. But you can add all the same spices with your favorite oil (mine is olive oil) and make it just the same. The reward is that you can eat as much chorizo often, keep your waistline smaller, your cardiovascular system healthy and avoid the feeling of weighed down from heavy, greasy foods. For some people, eating high fat/greasy foods can result in gallstones and later on require removal of the gallbladder. With some dietary compromises, you can avoid a lot of trouble. Here are the many ways you can enjoy my chorizo…
I’m crazy for burrito’s. It must be a California thing, who knows but I love making my own homemade Mexico City Refried Beans to pair with this chorizo. Top it off with fresh watercress greens, some chopped cherry tomatoes and a little bit of queso fresco. SO GOOD! I’ve made scrambled eggs with the chorizo too and it’s amazing with hot sauce. You can do a chorizo omellete, make tacos, even a taco salad or a quesadilla with your favorite cheese and grilled onions. OH! Ever go to Chipotle and get a burrito bowl? Have you tried their sofritos? Last time I went there I realized how much my tofu chorizo tasted like their sofritos and so later on I made my own burrito bowl with all the goodies. It was amazing! As you can see your options are endless. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Remove the tofu from its container and slice it in about ½ inch thick slices.
Cover a large surface with a few layers of paper towels and place the tofu on top. Place another few layers of paper towels on top of the tofu. Press on top firmly with your hands to remove excess water.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat drizzle the olive oil and break the tofu up.
Add all the spices to the tofu and use a wooden spoon to break apart the tofu finely as it cooks, stirring regularly. After 5 minutes, add the lemon juice and continue to stir everything together for another 5-7 minutes.
One of my favorite types of soups are bisques because they’re super warm in flavor (not just temperature), yield so much flavor, have a creamy factor without having to add cream or any dairy and can be rather good for you. So those who are lactose intolerance or vegetarian/vegan, this may be a go to for you! If you love roasted peppers then I promise you won’t be disappointed in this recipe. I put together a citrus lump crab salad to go with the soup but it’s not mandatory to make because you can do whatever you want. While the crab adds some elegance to the dish and would make for a great soup for guests, you can keep it casual like I did the other day. I paired it with a gruyere grilled cheese and it was so awesome! I’d imagine a quesadilla would do just as well too.
The brandy in the recipe is optional if you prefer to not cook with alcohol but it does make a subtle difference in depth of flavor. Keep in mind the alcohol does get cooked out. Also, depending on the size of your blender, you might have to puree in two separate batches. As always, I encourage you to make this recipe as fancy or casual as you like and please share what you come up with. I always love your new ideas. Enjoy!
CRAB & RED PEPPER BISQUE
In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the citrus crab salad and refrigerate until ready to use.
Preheat the broiler on high. Place the 3 red bell peppers on a baking dish and broil until the skin is charred and blistered. Turn them often until all sides are done.
Remove the peppers from the oven and cover the peppers with a towel. Let cool.
Peel the skin from the peppers under cool water, remove the seeds, pat dry, rough chop and set aside.
Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a large pot over medium heat, then add 3 raw chopped bell peppers, leek, onion, garlic, and celery. Allow them to sweat for about 15 minutes, until very soft but not browned.
Add the bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper then stir. Pour the brandy into the pan, stir, increase the heat to medium-high and reduce the brandy completely.
Pour in the vegetable stock, stir and let everything come to a boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 40 minutes.
Add the roasted peppers to the soup and run the soup through a high speed blender like a Vitamix until smooth.
Add any additional alt and cayenne to taste.
To assemble, arrange a few slices of avocado at the bottom of a bowl, and place the crab salad in the center. Pour the soup around the crab salad.
This is a semi-wet rub that is extremely packed with flavor. I typically don’t eat red meat often but when I do, I usually will eat filet that comes seasoned with salt and pepper at a decent restaurant. Although I must say that I’ve had an itch to grill and learn how to properly cook steaks. So far so good! But you know me, I LOVE spices and it would be silly of me to not share a yummy meat rub that goes fantastic with steaks, just like my Rustic Rubbed Top Sirloin!
The best thing about this semi-wet rub is that you can use it on any type of red meat, even on chicken. It’s full of warm spices, a little sweet and can have a good amount of heat depending on how much cayenne pepper you want to put in the mix. Okay, I’m gonna go drool now! Enjoy.
RUSTIC MEAT RUB
Combine everything in a bowl.
I shared a picture of these tacos on my Facebook page recently feeling completely unsure whether it would be a waste of time or not to share this recipe. Most people typically expect some kind of meat in their meals so it left me undecided. I know I shouldn’t really care especially if it’s good food because someone out there will enjoy it BUT lets face it… I’m female. Italian… I’m a pleaser. Enough said LOL! I will not disappoint you with these. They’re sweet. Spicy. Warm in flavor all the while still very fresh tasting. And it keeps well in the fridge for a week!
Of course you don’t have to use butter lettuce as the tortilla replacement. By all means, use your favorite tortilla if you like. Although I wanted to complete this healthy meal with a lighter, healthier option. Cabbage and Swiss chard are super yummy tortilla substitutes too. I’ve added avocado to it and even tried it with a little bit of my Roasted Jalapeno Guacamole which is pretty damn awesome! OH! How can I forget cheese… yeah, it’s kinda against my religion to have tacos with out cheese… yet I resisted this time for the recipe. That doesn’t mean you can’t do WHAT-EVER-YOU-WANT!
SPICY SWEET POTATO TACOS
Toss the sweet potato, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper, and olive oil together. Place into a baking dish and bake at 400 F degrees for 15 - 20 minutes.
Over medium-high heat saute the onions and garlic with olive oil until the onions are translucent. Add the black beans, corn, sweet potato, rice, honey, and lime juice. Stir everything together and let it cook for about 3 minutes or until everything is warmed through.
Serve in individual butter lettuce leaves. Garnish with cilantro.