A healthy version of a slow cooker chili

Let’s talk about Chili.

slow cooker chili

You know, the flavorful mushy stuff that fills your heart and stomach until you realize that you’re so full, you can’t possibly take another bite.  But you do.  And then you end up with a stomach ache.  Okay, so maybe you’re a lot smarter than I am and you don’t overeat, but I just can’t say no to spicy goodness, topped with cheese, paired with some buttery rolls.

slow cooker chili

I have to share a little something with you guys – just years ago (maybe like 3) I never even tried Chili.  That’s right.  Never in my first 26 or so years did I take a bite of Chili, primarily because, well, no one makes it in Russia.  I also have never had (and probably never will) peanut butter, cereal, or bagels.  We did, however, have Pelmeni, Borsch, and caviar.  I guess with every culture you learn a little more about food – and I don’t mean just the way to prepare it.  You learn about the ingredients too.

I remember the first time that Jon introduced me to an artichoke and I reciprocated by showing him a pomegranate.  He’s also tried to convince me to have peanut butter (not happening) and I’ve been trying to get him to eat a persimmon (also totally not happening).

slow cooker chili

But that’s not the point.  The point is that I now love Chili.  And bagels.  And cereal.  But not peanut butter.

This one is packed full of all sorts of healthy stuff like turkey, celery, corn, tomatoes, and chilies.  I know you’re dying to get your grubby little hands all over it.

Slow cooker Chilli
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healthy chili packed with some great veggies, a ton of taste, and it cooks while you do whatever you want
Recipe type: Slow cooker entre
Serves: 8
  • 1 can tomatos, diced with chilis
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 can pento beans
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 lbs ground turkey
  • 1.5 onions, peeled and diced
  • 2 alarm chili kit
  • 4-5 celery stalks, diced
  1. Brown the ground turkey and drain the fat.
  2. Put the cooked turkey and the rest of the ingredients in a slow cooker, mix well, and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  3. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and biscuits.
I freeze half to have another time. You're welcome to half the recipe (maybe keep the water stuff the same).


Week by iPhone – 30/52

Let’s just jump right into it this morning, shall we?

Saturday: with Jon in North Carolina for the weekend for a wedding, Peanut and I spent the weekend on our own.  We started the day off right by taking a stroll with everyone.  Peanut loves taking her puppy for a walk.  For breakfast I made us some eggs, cheese and hot dogs (totally ok in the Russian culture) and then we were off to Massachusetts to hang out with my friends.  Peanut had a blast and as did I!  At the end of the evening we said our goodbyes and headed to auntie Penny’s house for a little sleepover.

Sunday: Peanut and I were woken up by our silly barking dog, so the three of us ended up cuddling in bed together before getting up way too early for a Sunday morning.  The three of us took a stroll through the neighborhood and then went out for some breakfast.  A day at the beach, followed by a snack and the long drive home.  Le sigh – once again I was left to clean up the house all by my lonesome.  Side note: although I would never usually eat these totally horrible for you but delicious spicy noodle bowls, I was beat and I just didn’t feel like making dinner for myself.  So noodle bowl it was.  I also tried out the new Shatter nail polish and I must say – eh.  I wasn’t impressed.  Love the color though.

Monday:  While I cleaned up the house after our weekend messiness, Peanut played in her room.  By herself.  Seriously – who is this big kid?

Tuesday:  I got nothing.  Honestly, I don’t even remember what actually happened on Tuesday.  It’s just a blank.

Wednesday:  wonderful auntie Penny came to our house for the evening and babysat (that’s right – Peanut lets Penny watch her. alone. without me. without screaming. it’s like the best thing in the world).  Jon and I went out to dinner at this amazing place (that Penny and Tim got us a gift card to for Christmas), Heirloom in New Haven.  It was unique and amazing.  As was the wine.  Meanwhile, Penny texted us pictures of our little Peanut learning all about pricy accessories that we’ll never be able to un-teach her.

Thursday:  cuddles with auntie Penny in the morning before she was off.  Peanut tried to lock her in, but it didn’t work.  Oh well, we’ll keep trying.  After a late evening (like 1030pm…that’s late), I needed a little jump start – Starbucks to the rescue.  That evening I hung out with my feet up on the porch while Peanut did some chores and then relaxed with me.  This is the life.

Friday:  After a work day and the usual bedtime routine, we put P in her car seat and headed off to New Hampshire for a little anniversary getaway.  Timely, our Peter Rabbit Organics arrived!  So exciting!  I love grabbing little baby food puches for the road because they make for great healthy snacks or an alternative to those crappy fry sides when we’re eating out (for the kid…I eat the fries).  Those of you who are following me on Instagram (@mrslltkings), I annoyed the heck out of you by giving you a play-by-play of the music from our road trip and then, brace yourselves, lyrics.  Sorry about that.  I’ll do my best not to repeat that.  But for the record, magic 106.7 in Boston is amazing.  As was this little tid-bit:

Tomorrow I’ll tell you a little more about our weekend away and some lessons that we’ve learned.

How was your week?  Linking up with Amy.