Healthy & Hearty Turkey Chili

I love fall!  Here comes the warm, feel good meals along with football and family outings. I try to be the kind of mom who feeds my family as healthy and tastefully as possible! I try not to sacrifice taste for healthy.  So sometimes I have to find small ways to cut down or cut out bad stuff and increase the good stuff.

Chili is not so bad to begin with, other than the salt.  “Salt is the devil”, I was once told. Bread is his sister, lol. So I came up with this recipe for a crock pot or any pot really.

You can use all your favorite (healthier or not) brands in here which will make the meal more appealing and encourage continued healthy meals.  I would try to find products with lower salt content and higher fiber.  Jennie-O has really been stepping up their game.  They have lean ground turkey, in a variety of seasonings, that I used for this chili.

That is a really good way to start eating better.  I hope your family loves this as ours does!

Hearty Turkey Chili

Hearty Turkey Chili

 

 

Healthy & Hearty Turkey Chili
 
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Healthy, comfort food your family will love! Excellent for a bonfire or football game too.
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Recipe type: Simple Dinner
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 48 oz of white, great northern or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of salsa (your favorite, red or green)
  • 2 cups of fat free chicken broth
  • 1 package or 1.25# lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup of Mexicorn (corn with red bell peppers and green chili, mild)
  • 1 cup of mozzarella
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, except cheese and turkey, to a crock pot. Turn on crock to low.
  2. Brown turkey in a pan and transfer turkey to a WARM crock pot.
  3. Cook on LOW 4-6 hours. Can be cooked on buffet or warm setting for 8 hours.
  4. Spoon into bowles. Add cheese to each bowl along with a small dab of sour cream and a pinch of cilantro.

I was provided #Jennie-O ground turkey for review. The opinions are my own.

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Always Buy These 6 Processed Foods in Organic

Organic Breads

New Year, New Start.  We have all been there and continueto use these things because we sometimes need help in the kitchen. We have busy lives and so do our kids, so we can’t always make the best meals. In enters the processed box food. I complied a short list of “helper” foods to watch as we want to feed our families quality food but it can’t always be homemade. This list was explained more in depth on the Rodale Institute website if you want any more answers. I love the fact that Rodale just says it to you straight.  I know we don’t want to hear about doom and gloom, but some small changes can be made at least. I may not completely eliminate these things from our diet, but I can cut back or switch to organic on the foods we eat a lot.

Organic Cereal

6 Processed Foods to Buy in Organic

  1. Bread
  2. Cereal
  3. Pasta Sauce (tomatoes)
  4. Snack Foods
  5. Canned Chili
  6. Fozen Dinners

Here is the break down for each list item:

Bread has pesticides, the worst being organophospates malathion, which keeps the grain from being infested with bugs.  This is a dangerous chemical which can cause IQ problems and ADHD in people.  I also found some scary info for doctors on how to recognize if children have toxic levels from the University of Washington.

Cereal is basically the same as bread but also add in the GMO foods to the equation which can be 50-100% of the corn and/or soy used in the cereal.

Pasta sauce really comes down to the tomatoes, so I think that would include anything containing tomatoes like sauces, salsa and ketchup.

Snack foods contain flour (breads) which can have GMO and flour so this is the same as above.

Canned Chili is weird, but it is the can lining which causes hormonal problems and diabetes along with the pesticides on the tomatoes and beans.  Double whammy. Rodale says that we should not really eat anything out of cans, but I have noticed a growning number of manufacturers changing the lining on the organic food cans. So watch for that on your canned goods.

Canned Chili

Once again, this is not to scare anyone, this is just to remind people that the foods that we consume a lot of, should be looked at a little better.  Can you cut it out? Or reduce the amount? Or maybe switch the most used item to organic?

Our family has switched to organic in the things we eat a lot of like milk, yorgurt and cereal.  But we still eat the other things, just not as much.  🙂

Here are some other posts you may want to consider reading:

 5 Better Sweetners to Watch For

 6 Bad-For-You Natural Ingredients

 

This list was adapted from Rodale Institute.