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DYI: Turkey chili with Trader Joe’s

27 Feb

And this is what I faced when I woke up this morning:

Another day; another 10 inches of snow.

Another day; another 10 inches of snow.

Round two for snow; round two for chili. This time, it was homemade turkey chili.

Almost as simple as pairing a can of TJ’s veggie chili and onion soup, I combined ingredients learned from wintery Midwestern kitchens throughout my life:

  • Ground turkey
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • garlic
  • Kidney and black beans
  • Sweet onion
  • Spices: Cumin and chili powder
DIY chili: Ingredients from Trader Joe's

The homemade goodness of a batch of chili you made yourself.

Then I added a little balsamic vinegar and a layer of shredded Parmesan cheese.

I’m set for days. And the best thing about homemade chili … the longer it sits, the better it gets!

(For those who prefer more specifics, check out last year’s batch from “best chili recipe.”)

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Veggie chili + onion soup = Recipe born via Trader Joe’s

22 Feb

This is what I was up against this morning:

Blizzard of Oz

Snowpocalypse 2013

The storm was forecast all week, giving us time to fill our car tanks and stock our pantries. I’d made the pre-storm-weatherer’s obligatory trek to Trader Joe’s, but when the day came, what was I really going to eat?!

Like a gastronomic incantation, I was surrounded by one word via radio and social media: “Chili.” So, naturally, I thought to myself, “Soup sounds good!”

I looked around and noticed two softball-sized onions in their prime. “Onion soup! Love it!”

Then I looked in my cabinet and saw the lone can of TJ’s Organic Vegetarian Chili I’d bought after a mouth-watering moment at the TJ’s tasting bar. The chili seed that had been sown in my psyche was about to burst through my brain and onto the stove.

This is what happened next:

onion soup plus chili

Onion soup and chili: an idea is born

Another element of the equation was that my neighbor mentioned she was making chicken soup. So, instead of keeping everything vegetarian, I found a box of chicken stock that was in sore need of being used and made that the broth for my onions. (You can easily substitute water or veggie stock.)

Then:

onion soup and veggie chili on the stove

Simmering stew buddies: onion soup and veggie chili

I ladled one scoop of chili into my bowl and covered it with the onion soup.

And, voila:

chili in a bowl

Is it chili? Is it stew? I don’t know, but it’s good!

Accessorizing: I added a splash of balsamic vinegar and sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top. I would also recommend adding some lemon juice.

If you’re in the way of this winter’s wicked weather, be safe, stay warm and eat well!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Best chili recipe: A good thing to do with ground turkey

28 Nov

When temperatures drop in the Midwest, the chili comes out to play. It’s on menus everywhere. Some restaurants offer it as a seasonal staple. Sometimes, it appears weekly as the soup of the day.  The fumes swirl around the room until I’m almost ready to order a beefy bowl … almost.

But, beef eater, I am not. So, I order a red-meat alternative and try to convince myself that I’m satisfied.

My ultimate fix is easy, though. I get some ground turkey, chicken or meatless crumbles and prepare the best chili ever in the comfort of my home.

My chili recipe is simple because I’m all about easy in the kitchen. Beans, tomatoes and ground turkey are the heart of my mix. Onions, garlic, chili powder and cumin are the notes that make it sing. Cilantro is a staple, too. A staple singer.

To make a week’s worth of chili-for-one, I use:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (not pictured)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 can organic black beans
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (not available for the batch described in this post)
  • Plus, olive oil, cumin, chili powder and sea salt.
Chili ingredients for a delicious recipe

Trader Joe’s helps populate my chili recipe with tomatoes, black beans, onion and garlic.

Chili powder and cumin

Chili powder and cumin: The spice duo that makes chili chili.

I chop the garlic and saute it in a little olive oil, then I brown the ground turkey in the skillet with the garlic.

Meanwhile, the other ingredients are simmering on the next eye, waiting for meaty company.

Put it all together, heat for a little while longer, if you can wait. Then dish into a bowl and eat as is, or top with cheese, raw onion or cilantro. I also like to add a little vinegar (white, red wine, balsamic or malt) for extra zing.

Bowl of turkey chili

Voila! Turkey meat and companion ingredients to fully satisfy your every chili need.

Bon appetite!

Merci beaucoup, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s. Please share your favorite chili-making tips and preferences with us!

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Organic vegetarian chili from Trader Joe’s

26 Sep

Fall has arrived. Not only on the calendar but in the air.

Crisp temperatures, cool days and leaves turning yellow and red mean one thing: Chili weather.

As you might remember, I’m not a beef fan. For me, eating chili means substituting beef for chicken, turkey or veggies.

Trader Joe’s makes it easy.

Organic vegetarian chili from Trader Joe’s

I tried this at the tasting bar last week, and it was delicious. Very flavorful without being too spicy, for heat wimps like me.

Doctor it with cheese, onions, Tabasco sauce, sour cream, a little balsamic vinegar and a splash of olive oil, chopped black olives, cilantro … the combos are endless, just like with the meat version, but healthier, fewer calories and less fat.

Love!

Thanks, TJ’s!

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