A Fave and a Newbie

Let me tell you about one of my favorite concoctions: Turkey Chili. I adapted a bunch of different recipes from allrecipes.com, and came up with an easy dish that I make about once a week and the boyfriend and I absolutely love!  Here’s the recipe, let me know if ya try it! I’m not a pro at writing out my recipes, especially since I ad-lib most of this one by this point, so bear with me.

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil – just enough to saute onion & garlic
  • 1/2 chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (to taste)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of: chili powder, Italian seasoning, cumin, red pepper, salt (all to taste)
  • 1 10 oz diced tomatoes with green chili
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 red-skinned potato, cubed
  • 1 can each of: kidney beans, black beans, cannelloni beans.
  • 1/2 package of soyrizo (optional)

Okay, so first in a big pot, saute the onions with the garlic until golden brown. Next, add in the ground turkey and cook until that’s thoroughly cooked.

Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and cubed potato. Cook  for five minutes, or until potato softens.  Add in seasonings.

Rinse the  beans, and  then add them in (either together, or one at a time works). Cook for 10-15 minutes on medium heat.

Lastly, add in the half package of Soyrizo for an added kick, cook for five more minutes, and enjoy!

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And now, for my newbie recipe, which I’ve  done once and loved: Quinoa Pilaf!

From what I’ve heard and read, Quinoa is a very healthy seed that’s low in carbohydrates and high in protein. It’s also very versatile – everything from breakfast to dinner! So, I perused my fave, allrecipes.com, and adapted one of the recipes. Here’s how it went:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 of a red pepper, cubed
  • 1 can broth
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, chopped

Okay, so start by soaking the quinoa in water and setting it aside. Saute  the onion in the vegetable oil. Next, add in the red pepper (and whatever other vegetables you want), and saute for five minutes, or until soft.

Drain the quinoa, and add it in with the can of broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for fifteen minutes – or until the quinoa is tender. Add in the cilantro, and serve!

You can pair this dish with some chicken, vegetables, beef, or whatever you want. I chose some potatoes and asparagus!

Enjoy, and happy eating!

~Lena

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3 responses to “A Fave and a Newbie

  1. I like it, but then again, I’m biased 😉

  2. Wow that quinoa looks amazing, and what an easy recipe too! I think I’ll run that by my folks and we’ll give it a try 🙂 Thanks Lena!

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