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Turkey veggie chili steals the WIAW show

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My eats came from yesterday (Tuesday). I had a very busy, stressful day at work and felt a little off all day, but still got in some decent eats!

I started off the morning with some blueberry chia seed oats topped with melted peanut butter! For my morning snack, I enjoyed some grapes. We’ll get to lunchtime in just a second…but in the meantime, we’ll skip ahead to my afternoon snack, which includes some cashews, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and raisins while traveling for work.

I had originally planned to make sweet potato & black bean burritos for dinner but ended up working late, and just wasn’t really feeling it when I got home. Therefore, I popped a sweet potato in the microwave, topped it with some paprika and cheese and enjoyed some sauteed asparagus and onions on the side.

And, the star of my WIAW was this turkey veggie chili I whipped up earlier this week!

I’m not sure why I’m so into chili lately… I used to hate it! I think the key is filling it with veggies and healthy beans to fill up on rather than just lots of ground beef. Here’s what I came up with…

Turkey bean veggie chili
Serves 4 

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey, browned
  • 1 can white kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (I used no-salt-added.)
  • 1 c. peppers, chopped (I used a frozen blend of red and green peppers)
  • 1/2 zucchini, chopped
  • 3/4 c. corn
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp. paprika
  1. In a large pot, add your olive oil, onion, peppers, corn, and, zucchini. Saute until onions begin to brown.
  2. Next, add your cooked meat, beans, diced tomatoes, and water.
  3. Add spices and stir well.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. Add more water before serving, if necessary.

How to “level up” this recipe:

  • To make this vegetarian, add in a can of drained black beans rather than the turkey. 

How to “level down” this recipe:

  • Not a fan of ground turkey? Try lean ground beef instead. 
  • You can easily take out the beans if you dislike beans, or swap black or red beans for the white if you prefer.

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