White Bean Chili

New and improved “White Bean Chili”

Rating  –  

Would I make it again – Yes

Now that the weather is changing and football season is here. How about a big pot of chili.  Hmm,  I need something new and improved, something different.  I got it,  how about “White Bean Chili”. 

Don’t get scared, it has meat for you carnivores. The original recipe called for ground chicken or ground turkey.  I did a blend and had 1 pound of each.  I have also seen white bean chili recipes with sausage.  Since I am trying to eat more healthy, I opted for the turkey and chicken and skipped the sausage.

white bean chili

Here are some “simple tips” for making this chili.

  • Brown your ground meat before adding to the crock pot.
  • Use “White Chili packet seasoning
  • Use white pepper.
  • Use tomato paste in the tube — “you only need 2 T”

crock-pot-white-chili

If you prefer chicken breast that ok too.  My sister uses dry beans  so she cooks her chicken breast and bean together in the crock pot.  Me I was lazy I used canned. When the meat is done she shreds the chicken and then add the other ingredients.  

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 pounds ground turkey or ground chicken

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 ½ cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 package white chili mix

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon tabasco or “I use chopped jalapeño instead “

1 4-ounce chopped green chilies drained

1 19-ounce can great northern beans drained

 

  1. In large skillet, over medium heat, warm oil and add turkey, onion, garlic, and salt and cook until the turkey is cooked through, breaking up the turkey as it cooks. Drain any remaining juices from pan; set aside. (Do not skip … precooking turkey; putting in the slow cooker raw results in a watery unappetizing chili.)

 

  1. In slow cooker, combine the broth and tomato paste and mix well.  Add the turkey mixture to crock, then add all remaining ingredients, except for the chilies and beans. Stir well to combine.

3. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

4. Stir well, then cook 1 hour more.

Blueberry Smoothie Meal Alternative

Great tasting Blueberry Smoothie pack with power.

Looking for a quick breakfast try this Blueberry Smoothie.  Trying to lose weight replace your breakfast and dinner with this smoothie and watch the pounds melt away.  

Consider using wild blueberries they’re higher in nutrient than conventional blueberries. You can find them in your freezer section.

For extra sweetness add in a banana. Need more protein add chia seeds. I try to keep them simple with four ingredients.  

 

Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 tablespoon sunflower butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • water to blend (for personal thickest)

Smoothie

Family Favorites: Sock-It-To-Me Cake

Sister Ford’s (Helen Ford)  famous Sock-It-To-Me Cake:

When I was growing up potlucks and family dinners were a weekly occurrence and everyone had a go to dish or family favorite.  Helen Ford whom we called Sister Ford was known for her Sock-It-To-Me Cake.  I loved this cake, not to sweet but sweet enough where icing was not required.  Bundt Cake

I was so excited when LaTrice post the Sock-It-To-Me recipe on Facebook as a tribute on Sister Ford’s birthday. Thanks LaTrice. I made this cake for my husband and he loved it.

 

  • 1 – Box yellow cake mixSock-it-to-me Cake
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cup nuts (pecans my favorite)

Mix cake mix, sugar and cooking oil, beat until throughly mixed. 

Add 4 eggs

Beat 2 minutes or until mixed well

Add sour cream and vanilla, mix well

Stir in nuts last.

 

Sock-It-To-Me Cake pinterest

 

Watermelon Smoothie

A Watermelon Smoothie is the perfect refresher in this hot heat.  

Melon is an excellent electrolyte replacer that is low in sugar and calories. To make a plain watermelon smoothie all you need is watermelon cut up in cubes and blended in the blender. Its simple, easy and done in a flash.  I prefer to use cold watermelon so I do not have to add ice cubes. If your melon needs a little sweeter I add dates.  Love it. If it is to sweet squeeze in some lime.

Watermelon Smoothie

 

Last week I made a “Watermelon & Cherry Smoothie” that was heaven.  Watermelon smoothies are very filling and great for detoxing. 

 

Ingredients:

  • WatermelonWatermelon Smoothie
  • Lime (optionals)
  • Dates (optionals)

 

No-Bake Energy Bites

I love these “No-Bake Energy Bites.

Some mornings I do not have time to cook breakfast, so these energy bites are a great grab and go treat.  They are packed with fiber, protein and fruit.  A couple bites will easily take away the morning hunger pains.  I often change up the recipe by using different nut butters or raisins instead of dried cherries. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. The recipe makes 25 to 30 balls depending to the size of the balls.

 

No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites

1 Cup (dry) Oatmeal – (old-fashioned oats)

2/3 Cup toasted coconut flakes

1/2 Cup sunflower seed butter

1/2 Cup ground flaxseed

1/2 Cup dried cherries

1/3 Cup honey

1 Teaspoon vanilla

 

Method:

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.  Let chill the refrigerator for half an hour then roll into balls.  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week,

Makes about 20 -25 balls

 

EOD Diet – Salad

EOD Diet 2-week trial was successful.

I recently started the EOD diet – Every Other Day Diet by Krista Varady and Bill Gottlieb.  The basis of EOD diet is to eat anything you want one day and the next day limit yourself to 500 calories.  My first thought on the EOD diet, was no way, but I have found it was easier than I thought.  I tested the EOD diet for two weeks and then went on vacation.  I was very happy with the results.  I returned from vacation and was able to get right back on track.

EOD Salad

EOD Meal

 

I recommend getting the Every Other Day diet book (buy it here) it gave great testimonies, case studies and menu suggestions.  

Below is a salad I had on my 500 calorie day. Before I get all excited about the EOD diet,  I am going to test this for another month.  Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see my 500 day eats.  

 

Ingredients:

Greens: All greens were chopped

  • Broccoli Slaw
  • Cilantro 
  • Mixed greens
  • Red cabbage
  • Spinach

Fruit & Vegetables 

  • Carrots
  • Olives
  • Onion
  • Pomegranate seeds

Meat

  • Chicken breast

A splash of olive oil and red wine vinegar. 

 

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Chia Recipe: White Chili with Chia

Chia Recipe: White Chili

When the temperature drops below 60 degrees and football is on Saturday, Sunday and Monday I become a football widow.  This is a great time for me to start experimenting with Chia Recipes.  Todays Chia Recipe: White Chili will be added to the rotation of fall favorites.  

Chia Recipe: White Chili with Chia Seeds

Chai Recipe: White Chili with Chia Seeds

I had heard people talk about how good White Chili was but I always stuck with the traditional recipe until my sister, Stephanie tasted White Chili at a  chili cook off.  She gave it rave reviews and tried it herself.  You know me; I had to try it too.   Sheila and I, always joke about how we never follow directions; this recipe was no exception.  We have been reading about the benefits of Chia Seeds so we wanted to start incorporating them into our meals.  This would be a great test, would we notice anything different.   Chia Seeds can be used as a thickener while adding nutritional benefits.  Chia Seeds are packed protein, fiber, omega 3’s and so much more, all without impacting taste.   Well, it was true, White Chili with Chia was a thick hearty meal. To make this White Chili with Chia seeds a no brainer I used a crockpot.  Yes, I put everything in the crockpot and went to work.  I used ground turkey and sausage, however any white meat will do.  (chicken, sausage or turkey) The only thing I had to do when I got home was make some Corn and Jalapeño muffins and I had an  awesome meal. Take the following ingredients; put them in the crockpot and you have superfood meal packed with favor. This is a must try dish.   Click below to order your Chia Seeds today.   White Chili with Chia Seeds: 1 lb ground turkey 1 lb ground sausage 1 bag white beans (use can if you drain and rinse) 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds 1 cup corn 1 medium jalapeño (seeds and vein removed to less the kick) 1 medium onion 1 cup celery  2 garlic cloves 32 oz chicken broth  1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 package white chili season 1 tablespoon basil  Salt and pepper  Directions Put all in the crock pot and let it go.   Order your Chia Seeds Today.