Dinner Tonight: 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes
For Breakfast this morning I Scrambled some Egg Beater’s Egg Whites seasoning it with Lite Salt, Ground Black Pepper, and a dash of Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce. I like using the Smoky Chipotle whenever I can, nice heat and a lot of flavor. Then I heated up a few slices of Boar’s Head Sweet Sliced Ham and toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Loaded the Egg Whites, Ham, and a slice of Sargento Reduced Calorie Swiss Cheese on to the English Muffin and I had a delicious Breakfast Sandwich to start this day! Also had the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. It was house cleaning day today, vacuumed and dusted. After Lunch went over to the rehab center to spend some time with Dad. He seems to be getting stronger and he’s working hard in therapy. Just don’t know if he’ll be strong enough to return home, sure hope so. Tonight’s Dinner, 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes.
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt a wind as cold as yesterday’s was, stayed in the teens all day! It was windy all day and the wind was so cold it would take your breath away! Not as windy today and
a high in the 40’s. But these cold days make me want to have Chili, nothing better than Chili! And I’m ready for some Chili! You can use Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast or Wild Idea Ground Buffalo. Either version turns out great! I had 2 containers left in the freezer that I sat in the fridge overnight to thaw. So its my 3 Bean Turkey Chili and I made some Johnny Cakes. For Dessert later a bowl of Dole Sliced Peaches. Below I’ve left a post that has the ingredients and full recipe for both the 3 Bean Turkey Chili and Johnny Cakes. Enjoy!
To make this I’m using Jennie -O Lean Ground Turkey. The 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s
Chili Beans (Black Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans) drained and rinsed, Then I mix in 1 Red Onion (medium Chopped or Minced), 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Seeded and Chopped), and 3 Cloves Minced Garlic. For my spices I use 1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix, 2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste (2 cans), 1/2 Tsp Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick), 1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick), 2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin (McCormick), 2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon (McCormick), 1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves (McCormick), and 5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste (I usually add a lot more dashes!). What’s good about this recipe you can use your own favorite Spices and make your own tweaks to it and it turns out delicious.
First thing I do is get the Crock Pot out and put in a Glad Crock Pot Liner. The Liners are incredible,
just line your Crock Pot with one and spray it with Pam Cooking Spray. Now you are set to go. It makes for one easy clean up, just remove it when done and give the inside of your Crock Pot a quick wipe down and your clean up is done! On with the recipe.
I started by opening all 3 cans of Bush Beans into a large bowl and stirred until mixed. I then added
the Beans to the Crock Pot. To prepare the Turkey, I started by browning the Jennie -O Ground Turkey. Using a large skillet sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Preheat the skillet on medium heat. When heated I add the Ground Turkey and all the seasonings and Tomato Paste, stirring often. When the Turkey has browned I add from the skillet to the Crock Pot. Throw in a 1/2 cup of Water, stirred twice, and put the lid on the Crock Pot and set on low for 5-6 hours. The full recipe and list of ingredients is at the end of the post.
Then sit back and enjoy the aroma that usually starts after an hour or so of simmering! I love a thick
Chili and this one works! The Jennie – O Ground Turkey combined with all those Beans and spices is a perfect match. Served it topped with some Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Also a side of Johnny Cakes, recipe below.
To prepare the Johnny Cakes (I love these…) all you’ll need is: Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray,
1/4 cup Extra Light Virgin Olive Oil, 1 3/4 cups Low Fat Buttermilk, and 2 cups Martha White Self Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix. Just mix all your ingredients in a large bowl. Spray your Pam on a Flat Top Griddle or large Skillet and preheat on medium low, I use the Flat Top Griddle. When the Griddle is heated add your batter. You can make the Cakes any size you want from half-dollar size to regular pancake size cakes. After the bottom side turns golden brown flip over and let the other side get golden brown. The Cornbread works perfect with Chili! I had a Diet Dr. Pepper to go with my Dinner.I forgot, did I tell you how much I love this Chili!
3 Bean Turkey Chili
1 lb. package Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Red Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans), drained and rinsed
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1/2 Red Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
1/2 Tsp Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
1/2 Cup of Water
Shredded Cheese, I use Grated Dutch Gouda or Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Topping)
Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
Brown Turkey in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste and water.
ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water.
COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).
Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, Chopped Onions, or serve with some home made cornbread.
Johnny Cakes (My way)
Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 3/4 cups Buttermilk
2 cups Martha White Self Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix
Just mix all your ingredients in a large bowl.
Spray your Pam on a Flat Griddle or large Skillet and preheat on medium low, I use the Flat Griddle.
When the Griddle is heated add your batter. You can make the Cakes any size you want from half-dollar size to regular pancake size cakes. After the bottom side turns golden brown flip over and let the other side get golden brown. Serve while warm and enjoy!