Kick Ass Turkey Chili

It’s hump day! And what better way to celebrate than with a healthy and quick meal to get you over the Wednesday Blues. This meal is super simple, and super delicious. It’s also packed full of flavor, protein, and all the good stuff to keep you full and satiated. And Chili is always better the next day, so this is the perfect meal that can be stretched over a few days!

It may seem like a lot of work, especially given the amount of ingredients, but most of the prep and work comes from chopping. So don’t be scared! And if you’re really that lazy, you can always buy most of the ingredients already chopped! But for us, personally, chopping is very therapeutic.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Ground Turkey
  • 1 medium Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño (chopped and deseed)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • ½ cup green onions
  • 1 28oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 10oz cans Rotell tomatoes
  • 1 4oz can green chilies
  • 1 package of Chili Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili power
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha seasoning (or Cayenne)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can white beans
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • olive oil
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • Worchestire

Step 1:

In a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot, heat two tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is good and hot, throw in your diced onion and cook for two minutes.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Step 2:

If needed, add another tablespoon of olive oil and add your turkey. Season liberally with kosher salt and pepper.

This is the only time to season the meat, don’t be afraid. Especially with turkey. We like to add a little of sprinkle of cinnamon to the meat while it browns. It adds a real nice depth of flavor.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Step 3:

Next, add the beer and a couple splashes of worchestire and allow the meat to cook in the beer. Cook until the majority of the liquid has cooked off.

Step 4:

Add the bell peppers, jalapenos, and green onions. Mix and cook for a minute.

Step 5:

Add the tomatoes, green chilies, beans and assorted seasonings. Stir and bring to a boil. Then lower and cook for at least two hours.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Step 6:

Add the frozen corn and allow to warm for 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 6:

At this point, taste and adjust the seasoning by adding salt and pepper. Serve with freshly chopped onions, sour cream, and cheese. Enjoy!

* Technically, it can be served once the meat is cooked, but we highly recommend letting it cook and all the flavors meld together. Trust us.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

 

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Chicken Lettuce Boats

Poultry Lettuce Boats

It’s our one year anniversary! A year ago today we posted our very first recipe! How crazy is that?

Today we are sharing one of our favorite healthy and tasty recipes, Lettuce Boats! If you really hate lettuce, you can always substitute the lettuce for tortillas or whatever, but at least try this healthy alternative! As we like to say they are bomb diggity. Healthy, filling, and delicious! Packed full of protein, texture, crunch and they’re totally guilt free.

Celebrate our one year anniversary with us by eating well and making these mouth watering lettuce boats!

Poultry Lettuce Boats

Poultry Lettuce Boats

Lettuce Boats

  • 1 pound ground Turkey or Chicken
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot or 10 baby carrots
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (a few splashes for meat seasoning)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 lb of mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lettuce (either romaine for boats or butter lettuce for cups)

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup of hoisin
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons mustard

Step 1:

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Start browning the ground meat and add a few dashes of soy sauce for seasoning.

Step 2:

Once the meat is half way, add the garlic, chopped onions, and carrots. Incorporated it well.

Step 3:

Grate ginger into the pan, also add: soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and sriracha.

Step 4:

In a small saucepan, heat some more oil to sauté the mushrooms and green onions. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5:

After you sauté the mushrooms and green onions, add them to the pan with the meat and give everything a good mix.  Taste and adjust any seasonings from here.

Step 6:

Sauce: soy sauce, hoisin, sesame oil, and a mustard of your liking. We chose Coleman’s English mustard because its one of our favorites, but you can also choose dijon, spicy or even just regular yellow mustard.

Step 7:

Serve with lettuce as a vehicle for the meat to your mouth!

Poultry Lettuce Boats

Poultry Lettuce Boats

Adapted from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen.

Turkey Bacon Arugula Roll Up

A couple of months ago we gave you our Bacon Arugula Avocado Sandwich on Sourdough, but we wanted to give you a healthier version of one of our favorites.

For this recipe, we replaced the thick cut bacon with turkey bacon, and switched out the sourdough for a whole wheat tortilla or pita. This is a really simple lunch and super healthy and satisfying.

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Bacon Arugula Roll Up

Bacon Arugula Roll Up 

Ingredients 

  • 3 Pieces  Turkey Bacon
  • Handful Arugula
  • Avocado (Half)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sriracha Mayo
  • 1 Whole Wheat Tortilla or Pita

Step 1: 

Cook your turkey bacon to your liking (microwave or stovetop) and set aside.

Pro tip: Turkey bacon tastes WAAAAY better if you cook it in a skillet. Trust us.

Step 2: 

In a small bowl mix together your arugula and Sriracha.

Step 3: 

Place the avocado on the tortilla and lightly mash it up and spread around the tortilla. Sprinkle the avocado with kosher salt and a little pepper.

Bacon Arugula Roll Up

Step 4: 

On top of the avocado add the arugula and then lay the bacon on top. Roll up and enjoy!

Bacon Arugula Roll Up

Bacon Arugula Roll Up

Bacon Arugula Roll Up

Christie’s Quick, Easy, and Healthy Turkey Burger

Like leftover rice, we sometimes buy too much of something. In this case, we were on a ground turkey kick (gobble gobble)  and this turkey needed to be cooked. So we made turkey burgers, and they were awesome! We obviously want to share our wonderful recipe with you!


Ingredients 

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 half of a red onion
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon sprinkle of bread crumbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil (coconut, olive, canola)

Step 1: 

Chop the red onion in fine dice and place in a mixing bowl. Add the turkey meat, and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Step 2: 

Gently mix ground turkey meat, seasoning, mustard, a few sprinkles of worcestershire, and red onions together. Until the meat breaks down. But don’t overwork the meat. That tends to make the meat tough when cooking.

Step 3:

Sprinkle in some breadcrumbs, start with 1 tablespoon. This will help bind the burger together. You don’t want it too moist, or too dry.

Step 4: 

Dived the meat into four 4oz patties. Place a saute pan on the stove turn on heat to medium high. Coat the bottom of the pan with the oil of your choice, wait until the pan and oil are hot. Place the patties in the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side. Flip and repeat on the other side until internal temperature reads 165°.

Step 5: 

Serve over mixed greens with your favorite dressing (we used a honey mustard dressing…yum) and enjoy!


Christie's Quick, Easy, and Healthy Turkey Burger