Lean Three Bean Chili

Happy December Everyone!

Now that the winter season has approached us, it felt only necessary to warm up next to a hot bowl of comforting chili.

Chili can be made so many ways, from slow cooking all day in your crock pot, to quickly simmering on your stove. Being such a hearty meal, I usually slow cook my chili on days I know will be super busy. But there are just some mornings that you can’t get out of bed and forget to set your crock pot! Before you know it, it’s 7PM and you have a ton of work to catch up on, but don’t want to order take out for dinner. This recipe is for you! This chili recipe from Skinny Mom can be ready in twenty minutes and tastes like the flavors have been marrying all day.

Not only was this a super quick meal to make, it was also a great meal for the days you haven’t gone grocery shopping yet! Canned beans, tomatoes, and chicken stock are three main things that I stock in my pantry for times like this.

As you can see, the recipe is for Turkey Chili not Bean Chili .. HUH?! This recipe can be made both ways. As I mentioned, I had no food in the house but beans! Instead of ground turkey, I simply added one more can of beans. Nothing else was changed, except the omission of cinnamon.

Chili is so versatile, you can really add what you want as far as toppings – cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, jalapenos, sliced avocado, fresh chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, crushed tortilla chips or shredded lettuce. Go wild!

Turkey Meatloaf

I’m not a huge meatloaf fan but it’s my boyfriends favorite meal. I was feeling comfort food for dinner today so I decided to surprise him. 🙂 This recipe is based off of Ina Garten’s, but her recipe was way too big so I cut it in half and I STILL have leftovers! Oh well, I guess I’ll have to make meatloaf sammies this week … ;P

Ingredients:
1.5 lb ground turkey breast
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (1 teaspoon if using dried)
1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
3/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
ketchup

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a medium saute pan, over medium-low heat, add the olive oil once the pan is hot. Cook the onions, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent. Remove from heat. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, and onion mixture. Mix well but gently and shape into a loaf on an ungreased sheet pan. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F.