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Sweet Potato and Carrot Turkey Chili

Sweet Potato and Carrot Turkey Chili

*Vegan Optional*

paleo gluten free sweet potato carrot turkey chili quinoa bean kidney protein onion slow cooker

Again, I’m thinking about my poor freezing cold family and friends back home in Illinois. But anytime is a good time for chili but none more fitting than when it’s cold outside so I made this super nutritious, low fat chili, PALEO, gluten free and vegan optional chili.

The sweet potato and carrot give this chili a subtle sweetness and combined with the spiciness of the cayenne pepper and other seasoning, makes the tastiest combination. This is not your Dads chili.

paleo gluten free sweet potato carrot turkey chili quinoa bean kidney protein onion slow cooker

This chili is super easy, the only things you precook is the turkey and onion and you can cook them in the same pan. Then you dump everything else in your cooker, add the cooked turkey and onion and set the timer. Done and Yum!

You can easily make this vegan buy replacing the turkey with a cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water or by adding more sweet potato and carrot and an extra can of beans.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Turkey Chili
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan optional
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds organic ground turkey
  • 4 large organic carrots, peeled and chopped small
  • 2 large organic sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 large organic yellow onion diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 cans organic tomato sauce
  • 2 cans organic dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can organic black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • **Optional: 1 large jalapeno diced (include seeds for more heat, exclude for less heat)**
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  2. Add onion and saute until onion is translucent (about 5 minutes)
  3. Add turkey to the pan and continue cooking until turkey is mostly cooked. It will continue cooking in the slow cooker.
  4. Combine cooked turkey/onion mixture and all other ingredients in a 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker, stir everything until combined.
  5. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  6. When the sweet potatoes are soft, it's done.

 

Easy Slow Cooker Couscous Soup – Vegetarian

Easy Slow Cooker Couscous Soup – Vegetarian

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato So I hear that it’s gloomy and cold in my hometown in the suburbs of Chicago but it sure doesn’t seem like it here in sunny Arizona where it was 81 degrees 2 days ago. On November 9th, it’s sunny and 81!! Unheard of. At least for me because I’ve lived in Illinois the majority of my adulthood.

But my internal clock tells me it’s yummy cozy slow cooker soup season for sure. I found this recipe and my mouth started watering. I loved the simple ingredients and the fact that it included couscous which makes me feel like I’m being bad and eating pasta but couscous actually has protein and fiber in it. So I’m not being super bad by eating pasta but also not being super awesome by eating quinoa, couscous is somewhere in the middle for me.

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato This recipe came together so fast and easy and unlike other crock pot recipes that take 4 – 6 hours, this one only takes about 2 hours on low. A nice, easy, healthy, warm and cozy vegetarian soup just like that. And it freezes really good too.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth If you really like carrots, add more carrots, if you like more green red orange or yellow bell peppers then add more. The recipe is so simple that you can easily customize it to your particular taste.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth You can decide how much seasoning you prefer too. I like a little kick to my recipes so I added a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and it was perfect for me. But at the very least, the salt, pepper and oregano give a great flavor and mix really good with the flavor of the fire roasted tomatoes.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth I love having a good soup in the fridge ready to heat up. This recipe makes A LOT. I had to use my 6 quart slow cooker. But it’s so good and hearty, not to mention nutritious that the hubby and I go through it really fast. None goes to waste, that’s for sure.

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato

Easy Couscous Soup in the Slow Cooker
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Israeli or Pearl Couscous, NOT cooked
  • 48 ounces (6 cups) organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) organic red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14.5 to 15 ounce can) organic diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted diced tomatoes)
  • 1 cup organic carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 organic bell pepper, finely chopped. (I used red but use whichever is your favorite)
  • 1 organic onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (grass fed or ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper if you like a little more zing
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in skillet and add onions, carrots and bell pepper.
  2. Continue sauteing until the onions become translucent (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add all other ingredients to the crock pot and when the vegetables are done sauteing, add them too. Stir.
  4. Set slow cooker on low for 2 hours. After 2 hours, check to see if the couscous is tender. If so, stir and turn off but let soup sit for another 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Eat and be warm and cozy.

 

Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup

Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup

chicken quinoa sweet potato onion carrot garbanzo bean slow cooker protein gluten freeI mentioned in another recipe that my husband and I are in the process of packing up our house and moving from Illinois to Arizona in the next several weeks so I needed a super easy, hearty meal that would leave me with a good amount of leftovers so I could skip cooking for a day or two.

chicken quinoa sweet potato onion carrot garbanzo bean slow cooker protein gluten freeWe eat soup all year long, not just in the winter. It’s a good thing too because there will be long snowy freezing nights in Arizona (really looking forward to that).

chicken quinoa sweet potato onion carrot garbanzo bean slow cooker protein gluten freeBehold Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup! I had a pound of chicken breast and veggies in the fridge because we had just hit the market the other day. I gathered my favorites, added some quinoa and garbanzo bean for even more of a protein punch. Lean protein and veggies was just what I needed.

Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein, Slow Cooker
Serves: A LOT
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 32 ounces chicken broth (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 small sweet potato, cubed small
  • ½ cup dry quinoa (rinse if your brand isn't pre-rinsed)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup sliced carrots
  • ½ yellow onion, diced small
  • ½ cup shitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Use at least a 4 quart slow cooker.
  2. Place cubed chicken and sweet potato in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Add everything else on top of the chicken and sweet potato, spices last.
  4. Stir to combine everything but try to keep the chicken sweet potato towards the bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. If the quinoa soaks up too much of the liquid, just add a cup or so of water, depending on how thick you like your soup.

 

Super Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chipotle Chicken

Slow Cooker Shredded Chipotle Chicken

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Ever since being on vacation and missing my kitchen more than a normal person should, I have been needing to make a crock pot dish. Something about the crock pot makes me feel homey.

This super easy recipe has so much going for it. It has very few ingredients which of course warms my heart, paleo, protein dish, low-carb, and low calorie.

slow cooker chipotle chicken shredded protein paleo easy

I made this and topped roasted brussel sprouts and added a slice of avocado and a squirt of lime over the top. Perfecto. I reheated the leftovers and had it in butter lettuce cups topped with a slice of avocado for a light lunch too.

slow cooker chipotle chicken shredded protein paleo easy

Crock Pot Shredded Chipotle Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Protein, Crock Pot, Chicken, Low Carb
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 - 4 ounce can diced green chilis
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
Instructions
  1. Place everything except chicken breasts in slow cooker and mix until combined.
  2. Place chicken breasts on top mixture and bury so the chicken is completely covered.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  4. With a slotted spoon, remove the chicken and shred with a fork.
  5. Top chicken with tomato onion mixture and enjoy.

 

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken

coconut mango chicken sweet spicy slow cooker protein tropical paleo Once again I am posting from beautiful South Dakota while sitting in a Perkins because they seem to have the best wifi connection in town.  Yesterday we did a 10K hike (3.5 miles each way) to the top of Harney Peak in Custer State Park.

custer state park south dakota harney peak hikeI was overcome with gratitude that my husband and I were able to do this challenging 5 hour hike because 100 pounds ago, it may have killed me. So when people ask “why would you want to hike to the top of a mountain?”, my response now is always, “because I can”.

custer state park south dakota harney peak hikeWhile vacation is always great, I do miss home cooking and creating healthy recipes. Eating out can be challenging, especially in an area that doesn’t really make organic, preservative free meals a priority. That being said, try cooking this Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken in my honor while I’m out West.

This recipe is so easy and simple. Very few ingredients and full of protein and flavor. Seriously, anybody can make this. You cannot screw it up. That might be going too far because I’ve been known to mess up the simplest of things but you know what I mean.

coconut mango chicken sweet spicy slow cooker protein tropical paleo

While this was cooking in the slow cooker, my house smelled like Hawaii. We rent homes when we vacation there so we can cook our food and play like we live there so using mango and coconut in anything automatically brings my senses back there.

coconut mango chicken sweet spicy slow cooker protein tropical paleo

You can also serve this as a chunky stew or top some cauliflower rice with it. I do recommend the topping of sweetened coconut flakes, it really adds a lot to the flavor.

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Low-Fat, Protein
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cubed
  • 2 medium semi-ripe mango, diced into chunks, reserve pits (you will use the pits in the slow cooker for extra flavor and discard after cooking is finished)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (I use Trader Joe's brand)
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle flakes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • shredded sweetened coconut (I use Trader Joe's brand)
  • butter lettuce
Instructions
  1. Put mango chunks, mango pits, coconut milk, chipotle flakes and red pepper flakes in slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cube your chicken into bite size pieces and add to the slow cooker. Stir to make sure all chicken is coated in coconut milk mixture.
  3. Set slow cooker on low for 5 hours.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mango pit and discard.
  5. SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
  6. Using a slotted spoon, drain and spoon onto butter lettuce cups, top with sweetened shredded coconut.
  7. Spoon chicken with the coconut sauce over some quinoa or cauliflower rice, top with sweetened shredded coconut.
  8. Just have a bowl of chicken and coconut sauce as a stew and a fresh pita.