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.

Protect Your Family From Enterovirus

Everyone is hearing about this all over the news.  The Enterovirus. Most people only get sick without getting dangerous.  It sounds pretty scary but there are so many things we can do to help kick it’s butt.  Here are some things to help:

1. Wash your hands with soap and water after visiting the bathroom, whether for yourself or others.

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2. Avoid close contact with sick people.  I know, but by giving everyone some room in line or school, etc, you will get in the habit to do this all the time.

3.  Spray your home, vehicle and frequently used/touched surfaces with disinfectant.  We have used Lysol for over 30 years in my family.

4.  Drink lots of water to help your body cleanse itself often.

5.  Remember to get the flu shot NOW.

I wait until all family members have left the home and then I spray everything at least once a week.  Cleaning with cleaners and rags don’t get into those tiny crevices like an aerosol can.

Also, when advised to wash your hands, they mean wash your hands with soap and water frequently.  Add a cool poster to the bathroom for children or have them make a picture to remind themselves!  Before and after you touch food.  Wipe down the shopping cart handle area, if possible.  After you leave a store, use hand sanitizer until soap and water.  Wash your hands constantly, but follow up with a good lotion or hand creme.  I like Mia Bath & Body lotion.  It contains tea tree oil, shea butter and plenty of other natural things to sooth dryness and kill some remaining germs.

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Also, I have started my kids on Echinacea. But if not comfortable with that try adding Emergen-C powder to water or Airborne chewables.  Or, increase orange juice and/or fresh oranges for snacks in school lunches.  Orange juice in school lunches can make add a little energy in the afternoon slump.

This virus is something that most people can beat if you make healthy food choices and/or add in supplements.  Wash hands frequently.  Give people their space.  Drink plenty or water, not soda. Spray down often touched surfaces around your home and car with a disinfectant.  This should help keep any bugs down to a minimum and keep our immune system strong.

As usual, always do your research on things before providing them to children or ask your doctor or pharmacist.