Quick and Easy One Pot Turkey Chili

turkey chili

All I can say today is brrr.  It was a miserable day here today with nothing but rain.  The temperatures started off not so bad this morning but have been quickly dipping down low.  I think it’s gonna go down into the 30’2 tonight, yikes!   And tomorrow’s high only around 49°.

Time to get out the heated throw for the couch tonight!  The cats will love me, I’ll be their new best friend.  Well just for the time being I guess, let’s not get carried away.  They’ll forget I exist in the morning again, haha.

It was a great day for a pot full of turkey chili though.  I’ve had this cooking light recipe saved from last winter and have just gotten around to trying it.  They call it a “20 minute recipe” and I’d say that’s about right.  It’s simple enough to whip up on any week night.

It’s a good recipe to warm you right up.  It’s got just the right amount of heat and spices.  Hubs gave it two thumbs up.

turkey chili

Turkey Chili

adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients:

1 cup red onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 – 2 lbs ground turkey
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (19oz) can cannellini beans
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilis
14oz low sodium chicken broth

Directions:

1.  In a large sauce pot; cook the turkey, onion and garlic over medium heat.  When turkey is cooked through, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  Bring to a boil.

2.  Reduce heat and continue simmering for another 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

Turkey Gnocchi Soup

turkey gnocchi soup

It’s been snowing here in Western Pennsylvania for days now.  I was totally unprepared for this snow so early in December.  Usually we don’t have snow sticking on the ground til January.  I guess I have to look at the positive, it’s making me more mentally prepared for x-mas.

After Thanksgiving dinner, I saved the turkey carcass to make soup with it another day.  Well, it ended up staying in my freezer longer than anticipated.  Unexpectedly, I wound up under the weather last week…with bronchitis!  I’ve never had bronchitis before but man does it make your lungs sore.  It feels like someone is squeezing your lungs with every breath.

After two days of antibiotics I felt more like myself again and thought soup would be the perfect remedy.  You could use canned turkey or chicken stock instead but I think it’s well worth the extra time to make your own stock.

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Turkey Meatloaf For Two

This basic meatloaf recipe has been my staple recipe for years. It’s super simple and easy to make so I thought I’d share it with you.

Ground turkey breast tends to get a little dry since it is low in fat, so I always add water to the bottom of the roasting pan.  I also like to baste the meatloaf in the water/cooking juices a few time throughout cooking too.

While I made this recipe with ground turkey, it also works well with ground beef.  Serve it with homemade mashed potatoes for a very tasty and filling meal.

turkey meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey breast
1 egg
1/2 – 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350°

turkey meatloaf

2.  Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Adjust your amount of bread crumbs and milk until your turkey can be formed nicely and will hold it’s loaf shape.

turkey meatloaf

3.  Shape your meatloaf as desired and place in a well oiled roasting pan.  Add 1/2 cup of water and cover.

turkey meatloaf

4.  Bake for 1 hour, remove from oven and add more water if needed.  Cook for additional 30 minutes or until nicely browned.