In the fall and winter I love to make pots of stew, soups, and chili that we can stockpile in the freezer for easy meal options. Over the holidays we made a ham and used the leftover ham bone and meat to make a split pea and ham soup. I also recently made beef stew with yams instead of regular potatoes, a tasty and healthy substitute. This weekend we made Turkey Chili, see my recipe below. I tripled the recipe because we had four packs, 2.1 kilograms, of extra lean ground turkey. This was too much for my french oven so I had to split it into two pots. The result was dinner for the week and three large containers went into the freezer for later. We put on some tunes-today’s theme was classic rock-The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix, popped a bottle of Prosecco, and started chopping.
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup finely chopped carrot
3/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed or finely chopped
1-2 diced bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, or green)
1 jalapeño pepper chopped (optional)
1- 15oz can of kidney beans
1- 15oz can of black or pinto beans
28oz of diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
2-3 tbsp of chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
2 cups of water or chicken stock
salt & pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven, add turkey and cook over medium heat until browned. Remove turkey from pot and add garlic, onions, carrots, and celery, sauté for ~5 minutes. Add bell peppers and jalapeño pepper and sauté for a couple more minutes. Return turkey to pot and add spices. Add beans, tomatoes, and 1 1/2 cups of water or stock (until meat, beans, and vegetables are just covered). Bring to a boil, turn heat to low, and simmer for 45-60 minutes.
If Chili is too thick, add more water or stock as needed.
We like a bit of a kick to our chili so add a whole jalapeño, you can use more or less as desired.
I love my Le Creuset French Oven and use it all the time. They are pricey, but often go on sale and are stocked at places like HomeSense at a discounted price. Definitely worth the investment – https://www.lecreuset.ca/cookware/french-ovens/ There are also less expensive options out there.
When Bradley and I first starting chatting (I was living in NYC and he was in Edmonton) we bonded over fitness and food prep. These have continued to be a big part of our life now that we live together.
Food prep in NY was interesting. My kitchen was the size of my closet now and I had about a square foot of counter space. I would put a large cutting board on my coffee table in my living room, sit on the floor, and chop veggies while watching TV. Bradley’s sister and I were recently talking about blogging and she joked that instead of writing about cooking in a small NY apartment like Smitten Kitchen – https://smittenkitchen.com/ (one of my favorite food bloggers), I could write about cooking in my spacious suburban kitchen. All jokes aside, having space to cook has been an amazing luxury and I am excited to keep cooking with my handsome (sometimes obstinate) sous chef.
Each weekend we prep lunches and dinners for the following week. By the time we get home from work and the gym it is after 7:00pm and we are tired and hangry. Having meals prepped is a huge time saver and gives us something healthy and fulfilling to eat. When we are short on time on weekends, food prep consists of baking a pan of chicken breasts and roasting some vegetables, however, when we have more time we enjoy cooking together and trying new things. I have a tendency to use what we have available and just throw things into the pot without following a recipe or paying attention. This is part of the fun of cooking, but when something turns out really well I have no idea what I did. So, I am going to start jotting down what I do and will share some of our creations here. In addition to food prep, I hope to dig into my numerous and largely unused cookbooks and try some new recipes.
Eight months ago I uprooted my life and moved from New York City to Edmonton, Alberta (said no one else ever!). I left my first real job and the city where I started my adult life. I loved NYC, the energy of the city, the experiences I had, and the lifelong friendships I made. But, after 6+ years it was time to move on. I moved for my sanity, for my health, for family, and for love. I live in Edmonton with one adorable and sassy cat, Chiquita, and one adorable and lovable Fiancée, Bradley. I am a small town island girl at heart and am happy to be closer to home and the beautiful outdoors that Alberta and British Columbia offer.
In NYC I worked around the clock; work-life balance was a fallacy. I have more time outside of work now than I ever did in NYC and am striving to achieve the elusive work-life balance. I am starting this blog as an outlet, as a means to hold myself accountable, and to figure out what my new YEG life looks like. My goal is to live my new life to the fullest with my little family. I have no idea if this will stick, but here it goes.