Why is it called Weeknight Easy Turkey Chili?
I classify recipes three ways: Weekend. Weekend Easy and Weeknight Easy.
Weekend recipes tend to only be made on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend easy recipes are involved for weeknights, but they still make their way in rotation.
But weeknight easy recipes are the ones we eat all the time. These recipes need to be quick. They must be made with ingredients usually have on hand. And they need to be good. Preferably really good.
This Weeknight Easy Turkey Chili is all three. It doesn’t matter if you swap an ingredient, add a little less or a little more of your favourite parts or even add extra liquid and pasta to make a Turkey Chili Soup. As we’re heading into winter, this is definitely a keeper for those busy, cold Wednesday nights when you’re sitting staring at each other saying “what do you want for dinner” and “I don’t know, what do YOU want for dinner”.
Prep time: about 15 min + min 20 minutes simmer time.
1 package ground turkey
1 med onion
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can chick peas (drained and rinsed)
1 cup frozen corn
3 clove garlic
3 tbls chilli powder
1 tbls cumin
Fresh ground pepper
Dice the onion and throw it in the pan as you brown the turkey.
Once it’s browned and the onions are translucent, toss them in a large pot.
Dice the peppers and add them to the pot too.
Toss in the broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste.
Rinse and drain the chick peas and black beans and pop them in there too.
Toss in about a cup of frozen corn.
Put 3 cloves of garlic into a garlic press and into the pot it goes.
Add the spices + salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer for a min of 20 minutes.
Garnish with any combination of avocado, sour cream, cheese, crunchy tortillas or crusty bread.
I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this as much as we do (pretty much every week).
Today I’m glad to be sharing recipes from fellow Canadian bloggers under the hashtag #CANRecipe. November is the unofficial start of winter across the country and what better way to get ready for the season than with delicious food straight from our kitchens.
From the top the dishes are:
Easy Weeknight Turkey Chili @ Mommydo
Grape Jelly Meatballs @ The Inspired Home
Puffball Mushroom Soup @ OffThePorch.ca
Creamy Curry Meat Soup @ Allergy Girl Eats
Moong Dal (Indian Lentil Soup) @ Maple and Marigold
Chicken Pot Pie @ Red Cottage Chronicles
Pumpkin Molasses Muffins @ Everyday Allergen Free
I’ve been crazy busy these past few *gulp* months. I even broke my own smug ‘takeout only once every 2 weeks rule’ last week and had takeout (or takeout leftovers) EVERY NIGHT.
So yesterday I hauled out the slow cooker to help pull me out of my ‘too busy to cook, to smug to eat any more takeout’ blues and try the recipe that produced these succulent beauties…
Ribs? In a slow cooker? Oh yes I did.
The meat was from our local shop Rowe Farms (so good) and the recipe from Food Network magazine.
Easy. Seen here with oven fries and my sisters “secret” (bag of coleslaw stuff and Kraft Coleslaw dressing). WAAAAAYYYY better than sad leftovers.
The only hard part is hanging around waiting 6 hours while your house smells like a BBQ joint.
Combine 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, the vinegar, honey, soy sauce, Sriracha, ginger and garlic in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the ribs and turn to coat. Cover and cook on low, 6 hours.
Preheat the broiler and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Transfer 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker to a medium bowl; whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup hoisin sauce and the ketchup. Transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet and brush both sides generously with the sauce. Broil, bone-side down, until browned and bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes.
Transfer to a cutting board and slice into individual ribs. Top with more sauce and sprinkle with the scallions. Serve with coleslaw.
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I just realized I haven’t posted about these noodles.
Wha? I can’t believe you could have been eating these for months and instead I’ve been keeping this AMAZING recipe to myself. I feel like a bit of a jerk about that.
How good are they?
I now have a plant – AN ACTUAL PLANT – so I always have fresh basil to make this specific recipe.
So, so good.
I’m pulling the recipe from here at The Cozy Apron. If you try them and like them as much as I do – (you know, ‘go out and get the only plant you have AND keep it alive just so you can make the noodles.’ like them) – pop over and let Ingrid know.
Saucy, Italian “Drunken” Noodles with Spicy Italian Sausage, Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions and Red and Yellow Bell Peppers, with Fresh Basil
• Olive oil
4 spicy Italian sausage links, casings removed
1 large onion, quartered and sliced thinly
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
½ cup white wine (I used Chardonnay)
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, julienned, divided use
8 ounces Pappardelle noodles, uncooked
-Place a large, heavy-bottom pan or braising pot over medium-high heat; add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and once the oil is hot, crumble the spicy Italian sausage into the pan in small chunks (you want to keep the sausage fairly chunky), allowing it to brown in the oil for a few moments on each side; once the crumbled sausage is browned, remove it from the pan/pot with a slotted spoon and place into a small bowl to hold for a moment; next, add the sliced onion into the pan with the sausage drippings, and allow it to caramelize and become golden for roughly 5 minutes or so, stirring to keep it from burning (add a touch more olive oil, if necessary); once the onion starts to become golden, add the salt, Italian seasoning and cracked black pepper, and stir to combine, then add in the sliced bell peppers, and allow those to saute with the onion for about 2 minutes until slightly tender and golden; next, add in the garlic, and once it becomes aromatic, add in the white wine and allow it to reduce for a few moments, until almost completely reduced; next, add in the diced tomatoes with their juice, and return the browned spicy Italian sausage back into the pan, and gently fold the mixture to combine; allow it to gently simmer for about 3-4 minutes to blend the flavors, then turn the heat off; to finish the sauce, drizzle in about 2-3 good tablespoons of the olive oil to create a silky, rich flavor, and add in the chopped parsley and about half of the julienned basil; stir, and keep warm while you prepare the noodles.
-Prepare the pappardelle noodles according to instructions on package; then, drain the noodles very well, and add them directly into the sauce, using tongs to gently toss and combine the pappardelle noodles with the sauce and all of the ingredients in it; check the seasoning to see if you need to add any additional salt or pepper.
-To serve, add equal portions of the “Drunken” noodles to bowls, and garnish with a sprinkle of the remaining julienned basil; you can even top with shaved Parmesan, if desired, and an extra drizzle of olive oil.Enjoy!
Do you plan your meals for the week? There was a time when I shopped almost daily, made what I felt like, ate out on a whim and watched groceries wither and die in the fridge.
Nowadays, I find having one less thing to worry about each day is really worth the time spent on Sundays making a plan for the week and shopping all at once. It very much helps to ensure have healthy, hot food on the table each night.
I generally plan for each meal to last two nights – either as the same meal or using the same base – so I’m only doing a ‘full cook’ every second night.
Like this delicious soup I made tonight. Mommydo’s Made Up Hamburger Tortellini Soup.
It was delicious and easy. Take a look down below to see how to make some of your own.
We’ll have more tomorrow. Then Tuesday, I’m planning to make Chicken Tacos using this recipe except I’m gonna use boneless chicken breasts. Thursday, I’m making this shepherd’s pie. Saturday, I’m gunning for takeout!
The next step in my meal planning for me is to post the list and make the recipes available for my DH who claims he would cook more if he knew what to make and how to make it. I’m doubtful, but hey, it’s worth a shot.
What’s on the menu at your house this week?
RECIPE: Mommydo’s Made Up Hamburger Tortellini Soup.
Tortellini (I use beef because of the lactose intolerant thing, but cheese would be delicious)
Brown the meat with about 1/2 an onion. Put it in the pot with a large can of diced tomatoes, a small tin of tomato paste, about 3 cups of beef broth, 1 chopped celery stalk and 1 chopped carrot. Include about 1/4 teaspoon of all the dried herbs and spices listed.
Simmer for about an hour. Add extra water as needed to ensure it stays soupy and not like spagetti sauce.
Toss in a couple of handfuls of Tortellini (I used the ‘fresh’ kind)
Increase the heat so the soup is boiling gently and cook until the Tortellini is nice and soft.
Is delicious served with parmesan cheese on top.
If you’ve ever said this…and what you meant was “I’d give almost $20 to have someone else to all the work so I could just brown some pork, plunk it in my slow cooker, pour some of the most delicious pulled pork sauce $15.99 plus tax can buy over top and have delicious pulled-pork-without-the-work for dinner, this is your post. Next time you’re at the mall, go to Williams Sonoma. Buy this sauce for $15.99.
Bring it home.
Brown a 2kg pork butt/shoulder.
Put it in your slow cooker.
Pour the sauce on.
Wait what seems like a really long time – 6-8 hours.
Pull the pork.
Yes, I know it costs $15.99 but it’s EASY and it’s DELICIOUS. And sometimes I’m willing to pay that much for those two things.
I puréed meat.
Last go round, I, like most baby food makers I know, waited to introduce meat until the boy could eat little chunks on his own. This time around, she needs the iron and she can’t handle the little chunks yet so I had two choices, buy jarred baby meat or make my own. And as grossed out as I was by making meat mush, for reasons I can’t explain, the jars grossed me out more.
I commented on the gross-out factor at Obi’s developmental play group before the holidays and got some tips from a mom with an older child with global delays. Her son can’t eat anything that isn’t puréed and she talked about all the things she blends up without batting an eye. This woman is a role model for anyone who is caring for a special needs child. Her positivity and ability to take everything in stride is quite inspiring to me – who still has quite a few why-oh-why days.
Anyway, with her encouragement in my head I set about making my first meat based baby food. I loosely followed a recipe by Annabel Karmel found here. I def got a little queasy in the process – I’m no supermom and I find blender meat to be one of the grossest things around, but I got it done, portioned and into the freezer.
Though she’s slow to take to it on it’s own, she’ll eat it mixed in with other things. I’ve now also done a beef with carrots and celery and that one wasn’t so bad.
I’m chalk this one up to you-gotta-do-what-you-gotta-do.
You’ll find the recipe I based it on below but before you go, I just wanted see if you’re interested in joining me in a random act of kindness. I stumbled upon a blog post this morning from mom of a former micro-preemie with delays who’s entered a photo in a contest and needs votes. I don’t know her at all but felt compelled to not only vote, but encourage others to vote too. It’s a small contest, with a rather tasty prize and she has a chance of winning with a little support from afar. You can read the post here and vote for her photo here. It’s entitled Woodland Creature. I’m sure she’s wondering where the sudden surge in votes has come from – she’s probably not expecting them from a random reader spreading the word from 1000km away but hell, if the internet wasn’t made for random acts of kindness, just what was it made for. You can vote from all your devices and I’m pretty sure she’ll be super grateful if you do.
These things need a shorter name. They’re quick to make and don’t hang around long at all. The length of their name is kind of misleading. Though, it does spell out pretty clearly what these guys are. They could also simply call them ‘delicious squares’ and have the same end result.
They remind me of my friend Marilyn’s mom, who used to bake these and keep them in the downstairs freezer… the perfect spot for sneaking from.
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 Cup butter
2 (6 oz) packages butterscotch chips
1 large package miniature coloured marshmallows
Put the peanut butter, butter and butterscotch chips in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook over low heat until melted and well combined.
Add marshmallows and press into buttered 8-inch square pan.Store in refrigerator.
Chocolate. Peanut butter. These are my favourite brownies in the world. They don’t have any candy bars in them, but taste very much like a frosted candy bar filling. I had other photos, but this one pretty much sums up my feeling on these.
Recipe – I’d love to give credit for these, but my recipe photocopy has been hanging around since about 1999 and has no indication of where it’s from.
1 1/4 Cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 18 crackers)
1/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1/2 Cup butter (no substitutes) melted
1/4 Cup butter or margarine
2 Oz unsweetened chocolate (cut up)
1 Cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 Cup chopped peanuts
Peanut Butter Frosting
1/4 Cup butter
2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Cups sifted powdered sugar
1 Tbsp milk
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
Combine graham crackers, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 finely chopped peanuts in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the 1/2 Cup melted butter. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 11x7x1 and 1/2 inch baking pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Cool.
Melt the 1/2 Cup butter or margarine and the chocolate in a heavy large saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally remove from heat; stir in the 1 Cup sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir until just combined. Stir in flour and the 1.2 cup chopped peanuts. Spread evenly over crust.
Bake: 20 minutes more. cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Spread with Peanut butter frosting. Cut brownie into small squares. (Or cut into 24 larger bars). Place a few honey roasted peanuts on each square. IF desired, pace each brownie in a small candy cup. Makes 50 to 70 small squares.
Peanut butter Frosting:
Beat 1/4 Cup butter and 2 tbsp peanut butter in a bowl with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 sec. Gradually add 1 Cup sifted powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in 1 Tbsp milk and 1/2 Tsp vanilla. Gradually beat in 1 Cup additional sifted powdered sugar and enough milt to make a frosting of spreading consistency. Carefully spread over the brownies. Refrigerate before cutting.
Shhh, this is ‘my’ secret fudge recipe. The biggest secret is how little time it takes to make something this delicious. Confession: Though I usually make this with walnuts as per the directions, this year, in an effort to make more ‘nut-free’ goodies, I swapped the walnuts for Chippits Holiday Chips. Pretty good! And very festive.
LINE 8-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil.
Microwave semi-sweet chocolate and 2/3 can condensed milk in medium microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM for 2 min., stirring after 1 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Add nuts (or festive chips); mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate while preparing the top layer.
PLACE white chocolate and remaining milk in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM for 1 min 30 sec., stirring after 1 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Pour over fudge layer in pan. (I added extra chips to the top)
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Cut into squares to serve.
Magic Bars are an oldie but a goodie. These combine tart cranberries, sweet coconut, gooey marshmallows and crunchy nuts. Delicious and so easy, Magic Bars are a great choice for baking with kids.
You can find the recipe online here.
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus baking time
Preheat To: 350ºF (180ºC)*
Serving: 24 bars
2 cups (500 mL) graham wafer crumbs
3/4 cup (175 mL) butter, melted
1 can (300 mL) Regular or Low Fat Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped pecans
3/4 cup (175 mL) white, semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries
1 cup (250 mL) flaked coconut
1 cup (250 mL) mini-marshmallows
1. Combine graham crumbs with butter; press evenly onto parchment-lined 13×9″ (3.5 L) baking pan.
2. Pour 2/3 Eagle Brand over crumbs.
3. Sprinkle with pecans, chips, cranberries, coconut and marshmallows; press down firmly. Pour remaining Eagle Brand overtop.
4. Bake in preheated 350ºF (180ºC) oven* 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool thoroughly and cut into bars. (Store loosely covered at room temperature.)
*325ºF (160ºC) for glass dish