Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cool Weather Food

I was SO looking forward to counting the minutes until Baby Girl went down for her nap yesterday.  I hadn't slept in 3 nights due to this nasty hacking and I've been struggling to say the least.  Wouldn't you know it, we had a plumbing issue and I had to spend all afternoon with the plumbers and I didn't get my much needed power nap.  

While wishing impatiently hoping they would hurry up and leave, I decided to make a little cool weather, Fall inspired breakfast treat for my sweet family.  If you've never tried this, go to Trader Joe's RIGHT NOW and get these ingredients:

Prepare the bread as instructed on the box, but substitute 1/2 cup pumpkin butter for the 1/2 cup oil.   I may just have to break my "no gluten or sweets during the week" diet for this. I am sick, after all!  Get in my belly!

For dinner last night, I was inspired by the cooler temps and got a hankering for chili.  

I apologize for the Sunday Gourmet recipe slackness.  We've had engagements the past 2 Sunday nights and didn't cook. I hope this recipe makes up for it!  

White Bean Turkey Chili 
adapted from Skinny Taste


  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 fresh jalepeno diced
  • 4 16 oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups fat free chicken broth (I added another 1-2 cups - it seemed too dry)
  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat.  Spray with Pam.  Sautee onions and garlic for a few minutes, until clear.  Add turkey and cook until white.  Add chili powder, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook, while stirring,  for about 2 minutes.  Add beans and broth and cook for 10 minutes.
Lower heat and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add sour cream and cook for 5 more minutes.  Season to taste.
Top with chopped red onion, cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar cheese if desired.

Don't worry, it's gluten free cornbread!  Homemade, I might add.

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