A Domestic Recipe – Hearty Turkey Chili

Lately, I have been all about making meals that are quick to create and can last for a couple of meals as cooking every night is not always an option. On top of that, I have been exploring recipes that focus on the leaner proteins, such as chicken and turkey. Over the weekend, it got cold out and all of a sudden, I got the craving for some sort of comfort food that is warm and filling. Instantly, I thought of a meal that would be perfect for this craving – CHILI!

After searching around online, I found an amazing recipe for Hearty Turkey Chili on Appehtite.ca. I headed directly to the grocery store, stocked up on ingredients, and after 10 minutes of prep time and simple stove top cooking for 45 minutes, it was done and reading to serve. Delicious!

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HEARTY TURKEY CHILI

INGREDIENTS:

1 Package of Extra Lean Ground Turkey
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of Chili powder
1 Teaspoon of Paprika
2 Teaspoons of Cumin
1 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
½ Teaspoon of Black pepper
1 Tablespoon of Hot Chocolate mix
1 Cup of Chunky Salsa
1 540ml can of Chopped Tomatoes
1 540ml can of Red Kidney Beans, drained

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DIRECTIONS:

1) Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cook gently for 2 minutes.

2) Add turkey and cook for 8-9 minutes, breaking up turkey with the back of a wooden spoon.

3) Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes.

For the previous Domestic Recipe post on Pesto Chicken Pasta, CLICK HERE

A Domestic Recipe – Pesto Chicken Pasta

I have been a lover of pasta for as long as I can remember and I know I am not alone in this. Pasta, in the right sauce and right accompaniments, can be absolutely amazing and in a way, comforting. I love to make or order to eat is a good pasta with chicken (for my protein kick) and paired either with veggies or a unique sauce. One ingredient that I am a huge fan of (and I know some of you are to) is pesto. To combine all of this, after this mouth-watering picture is a great recipe I have tested out before and got delicious results with…

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PESTO CHICKEN PASTA

INGREDIENTS:

350 grams of Pasta (White or whole grain, Penne or Bowtie, the choice is yours)
300ml Light Cream
1/2 cup of Basil Pesto
1 1/2 cups of cooked sliced Chicken Breast (cook beforehand; white meat is preferred)
3 Green Onions, sliced

Optional:  You can add some finely grated parmesan cheese on top of the pasta before serving

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DIRECTIONS:

1) Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling, slightly salted water until tender. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid from the cooked pasta.

2) Return pasta to pan over medium-low heat and add reserved liquid, cream, pesto, onion, and chicken, then stir to combine items.

3) Once stirred well, cook everything for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated throughout.

4) Remove from the heat to slightly cool off.

5) Divide the large portion into pasta bowls, then sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top if desired. 

This recipe makes 4 servings of pasta; pairs nicely with a mixed green salad to start and garlic bread. 

For the previous Domestic Recipe post on Homemade Hot Chocolate, CLICK HERE

Fruit for Thought

“If you really want to eat, keep climbing. The fruits are on the top of the tree. Stretch your hands and keep stretching them. Success is on the top, keep going.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

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(Delicious fresh fruit bowl from the Starving Artist Bar, Toronto)