WAIW + Gluten-Free Turkey and Veggie Taco Chili

I’m over winter.

I’ve had quite enough of freezing temperatures interspersed with miserably cold and rainy days. I’m ready for spring! I’m craving longer and warmer days, the feeling of sunshine on my face (with sunscreen, of course), the riot of color from all the blooming trees and flowers…basically, everything but the pollen. And at this point, I’m even willing to contend with the pollen, just so winter can be over.

However, I’m pretty stoked by the fact that it’s Wednesday. And not just any Wednesday, but the last Wednesday in February. March — and, therefore, spring — is around the corner, people! And so is the weekend! REJOYCE!

The fact that it’s Wednesday also means that it’s time for What I ate Wednesday (WIAW), hosted by the lovely Jenn over at Peas & Crayons. Aaaaaand, check out her big news – mazal tov, Jenn! This week’s WIAW offerings feature a heavy dose of produce, because daaaaaay-um, I do love me some fruits and veggies.

Peas and Crayons

Per the usual, I had coffee and a piece of toast before hitting the gym.

dsc00679Breakfast, also per the usual, was a kale, banana, strawberry, and mango smoothie made with Chobani Greek yogurt and Truvia.

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Lunch + snacks? Leftover Thai food (chicken with brown rice, broccoli, and peanut sauce), an apple, cocoa-roasted almonds, low-fat string cheese, blueberries with GF granola, and some cantaloupe (I forgot to take out of the fridge for the photoshoot – doh!).

DSC00717Dinner featured turkey-veggie taco chili — it was the perfect thing for a cold and rainy Tuesday night. The recipe is below, so if inspiration strikes, feel free to get cookin’!

dsc00675Turkey & Veggie Taco Chili

1 pound ground turkey, cooked (if you’d prefer a vegetarian chili, leave the turkey out and use a second can of black beans instead)
2 green peppers, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 small sweet potato, diced
1 can Muir Glen fire-roasted tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans Bush’s Chili Beans (I used one can mild and one medium)
2 packages McCormick taco seasoning mix
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
Cilantro and guacamole for garnish

The process for this is absurdly easy: basically, you throw everything — except the guac and cilantro — into the crock pot and cook ‘er up. I let it cook while we were both at work; since it was going to be simmering for 9 hours, I set it on low heat. When you’re ready to serve it, garnish with shredded cheese, cilantro, avocado, guacamole…whatever strikes your fancy, really.

dsc00676Enjoy, and stay warm!

9 thoughts on “WAIW + Gluten-Free Turkey and Veggie Taco Chili

  1. brenaturally February 27, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    Love your blog title! You’re my kind of gal…I can totally relate to needing some coffee before any seizing of the day is commenced! The chili looks good.

  2. Eating 4 Balance February 27, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    Chili recipe looks great! I’ve seen tons of recipes for taco chili and I think the idea of combining two amazing foods is just so smart. Haha.

    You stay warm too! 🙂

  3. aftertheivyleague February 27, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    I came sooo close to making chili this week too! But then decided on chicken noodle-ish soup instead. The chili looks great though, and cocoa roasted almonds? yum! I gotta keep an eye out for those.

  4. chasingchels February 27, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    Chili is the best on a cold and rainy evening!! I need joe to come home and make his stat! I hear you on the weather thing too…soo close to getting warmer! We can do it 🙂

  5. riversidebaking February 27, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    I”m so excited about March nearly being here too, although I’m relishing the last of the cold weather as a good excuse to have cold weather food like stews and curries!
    You recipe sounds and looks delicious, I’ll have to get myself a crock pot!

  6. livliveslife February 27, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    There are few things better on a cold evening than chili! Looks great!

  7. ahealthyhappyhome February 27, 2013 / 9:25 pm

    Love chili on a cold rainy day. I am super excited for spring too! We are supposed to have temps in the 70’s this weekend and I’m so excited!

  8. Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug February 27, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    I’m over winter as well! Bring on Spring!

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