recipe: slow cooker turkey chili

Last week, my sorority little Danielle reached out to her friends via Facebook requesting easy yet healthy meal ideas.  She needed something easy for busy weeknights when trying to find time for the gym, taking care of her little one and feeding herself and her hubby good food. My suggestion: “Soups, chilis and stews only get better in the days after you make them.”  The slow cooker comes to the rescue again!

This conversation must have been stored in my brain the rest of that week because I found a defrosted pound of ground turkey awaiting me Saturday morning.  By 8AM, I had all the ingredients for one heck of a post-yoga Saturday lunch in the slow cooker.  Normally I curse my internal alarm clock for having me up by 7AM on a weekend – not this time!

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Serves approximately 6 or so hearty bowls

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of  petite diced tomatoes with chipotle
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (29 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of garlic, finely diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • a hearty shake of Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning
  • a hearty shake of onion powder (because I didn’t have a real onion)
  • a minimal shake of cinnamon
  • a shake of sea salt
  • shake of black pepper

METHOD

  • Turn on your slow cooker to high.
  • Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Do your best to equally distribute everything.
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker and step away from it for four hours (or until the turkey is cooked through). Don’t lift the lid!
  • When chili is ready, scoop desired servings into bowls.
  • Serve with whatever moves you: rice, tortillas, corn chips, sour cream, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, Oyster crackers, hot sauce…

Help my sorority sister out: what’s your go-to tip for healthy weeknight dinners?

word-full wednesday: welcome to The Oak Barrel

tacotuesdaymenu

A scene…

Me:  ”Hi, I’m meeting some friends here… it’s going to be five ladies…”
Hostess:  ”For a book club?”
Me:   “Um, no… we’re more of a wine club…”
Hostess:   “hmmmm, no one here like that quite yet.”
Me:  ”Oh, okay. So how about I just get a table for five in the bar area then…”
Hostess:   “Are you with a group of all males?”
Me:  ”Um, definitely no…”

<end scene>

How did I go from being a librarian to being a escort in a few sentences?

The more important thoughts from our evening out at The Oak Barrel:
  • Duck fat popcorn is just as fabulous as it sounds.
  • Gluten free dining is easy on Taco Tuesdays – and based off the rest of the GF menu, any time during the week. Blue corn chips FTW.
  • Major kudos to our server Ashley who put up with my request to check - and 2nd and 3rd to double and triple check –  that the soy chili glaze on the ahi tuna was indeed not made with soy sauce.
  • I’m claiming the back corner table in the bar for future girls’ nights outs.
  • I’ll definitely be back – next time with the husband and brother in tow – for a proper, full dinner entree.

What’s your go-to taco of choice on Taco Tuesday? I apparently gravitate towards seafood options – the spicy shrimp with gauc was quite tasty…

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Ohio Blogging Association January Karaoke Night at Noodlecat

Another Ohio Blogging Association meetup - and our first for 2013 – and our first Friday night out - is in the books!

photo c/o Noodlecat’s Instagram feed

The blogroll for the evening:

Late last year, Noodlecat put out the call for hosts for their karaoke nights, taking place the third Friday of every month. Before I knew it, the OBA had its January meeting scheduled at the restaurant for this past Friday evening.

When you plan a meetup at one Cleveland’s favorite dining locations, you take advantage of a pre-event dinner. As in the past, the staff at Noodlecat was PHENOMENAL. As our table went from six… to seven… to “can we just pull up another table?”, they rolled right along with us. Big shout outs to Bridget, Mike and Pat are in order for being so welcoming and so accommodating.

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I ordered a Tsukemono Pickle Sampler for the table (which I probably ate half of – sorry folks) and a Szechuan Ramen (w/ Szechuan chili spice, red pepper, napa cabbage & chinese long beans) for myself.

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Seriously spicy. (Julie, do NOT order this!) Seriously good.

In hindsight, planning for an extra 15 minutes for dinner would have come in handy as about mid-ramen bite, we were being prompted to be trained in the ways of karaoke hosting. Luckily, I was already familiar with the tools:

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Especially the stuff in the top right corner.

If you watched Friday’s vlog, I’m happy to report my offer to bribe the first singers of the night with a round of free drinks worked quite speedily. The two lovely ladies sang A Whole New World to earn their cocktails. From there, there wasn’t a single lull in the karaoke action.

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Bloggers going back to a PIP karaoke favorite, Love Shack.

The song requests flowed evenly through the night, finding that balance between 70′s rock, top 40 hits from the 2000′s, and even the appropriately-timed love song. Jen held it down at the karaoke machine, which gave me an opportunity to float the room. I do my best spend some time with all of the OBA members, but I was only mildly successful at it Friday. My apologies to all the new attendees for not being able to spend more time chatting.

Before I knew it, two-and-a-half hours had flown by and it was time to wrapping up the final songs for the evening. After Katie kindly allowed me to crash her “Say My Name” performance (performance photo caption contest to come), the final group sing-a-long of “Don’t Stop Believin’” was the perfect way to end the night. We closed out the restaurant that night and I left with a huge smile on my face. Why didn’t I plan a blogger Friday night out earlier?!

Ready to join the fun? The Ohio Blogging Association’s annual Whole Foods Market meet up will take place on Tuesday, February 5th starting at 6:00PM.  The WFM Cedar Center staff have a great menu planned – as well as some surprises, including door prizes! Visit the Facebook page for more info. Shall we see you next month?

I’m always taking suggestions for Ohio Blogging Association events: leave them in the comments below or bring them with you to the February meeting. We have a full year of fun to look forward to!  Make sure to “like” OBA on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @OHBlogging.

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