Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Turn

Remember my resurrection post? Well, if you recall, 3 coworkers and I decided to take turns bringing healthy lunches for each other. On Wednesday, my designated day, I decided to bring Weight Watchers' Heart Turkey Chili. Since our climate changed, chili seemed like a satisfying choice.

Weight Watchers Hearty Turkey Chili
® Value: 4
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 25 min
Cooking Time: 58 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

1 spray(s) cooking spray

1 tsp canola oil
1 large onion(s), chopped

2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
2 medium carrot(s), thinly sliced into rounds
1 pound(s) lean ground turkey

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp ground cumin
2 medium tomato(es), chopped
1 cup(s) canned tomato sauce
1 cup(s) canned chicken broth

1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cup(s) cooked kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium green pepper(s), chopped

1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste

1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup(s) scallion(s), chopped


  • Coat a large pot with cooking spray; place over medium heat. Add oil and onion; sauté onion until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and carrots; cook until garlic is softened, about 1 minute. Add turkey; brown meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Stir to break up lumps.

  • Add chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, vinegar, beans and green pepper; bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until meat and vegetables are tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper; garnish with scallions. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Recycled Turkey

Me, like so many other millions of Americans continued to eat leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Let's see, I made turkey sandwiches on Orowheat's Sandwich Thins, turkey pizza with portabella mushrooms, and this dish pictured here, turkey salad.

Recycled Turkey Salad
1 boiled egg white
3 oz. of turkey (shredded)
1 TBSP Miracle Whip
A few squirts of course ground mustard
2 chopped scallions
ground red pepper
black pepper