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Sweet Potato and Carrot Turkey Chili

Sweet Potato and Carrot Turkey Chili

*Vegan Optional*

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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.

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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.

 

Grass-Fed Bison Chili

Grass-Fed Bison Chili

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We are big fans of grass-fed bison in our house. I like the flavor of bison much better than beef and it’s naturally lower in fat and higher in protein which I love too. I recently wrote about grass-fed bison stuffed peppers that were phenomenal.

Since the peppers were a big hit, I picked up some more bison at Whole Foods and tossed around ideas for the next bison recipe. The hubby suggested chili. Since it’s still friggin’ cold as snot here (at the end of MARCH no less), chili was not out of the question. Plus we can eat it all week.

We basically winged the recipe and what resulted was this savory chunky chili. This recipe has a good amount of heat. Just enough to feel it in the back of your throat. I personally like a LOT of heat so I added some hot peppers as a garnish afterwards. The hubby doesn’t like too much heat so I didn’t go nuts in the recipe because the thing with heat is that you can add as much as you want but you can’t take it out.

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Grass-Fed Bison Chili
 
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Grass-Fed Bison Chili
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground grass-fed bison
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can 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)**
Instructions
  1. Cook onion and grass-fed ground bison until bison is browned, drain fat. You'll want to use a little oil in the pan because bison is naturally low in fat (I used coconut oil).
  2. Combine cooked bison/onion mixture and all other ingredients in a 6 quart (or larger) Crock Pot.
  3. Set on Low for 8-10 hours or High for 4-5 hours.

 

 

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Paleo Coconut Chicken Fingers

Paleo Coconut Chicken Fingers

I applaud those of you that have kids. I got to thinking today how in the world would I have time to do everything in my day AND take care of kids. They are some needy little people. Way needier than our kitties.

My point is that I appreciate an easy meal, especially a paleo one. I wanted to share a paleo recipe that makes it’s way into our oven frequently.

The recipe is basic for chicken fingers, you can customize the flavor by swapping garlic powder, curry powder, ground ginger or dry mustard for the chili powder.

If you are new to coconut flour, it is super absorbing of liquids therefore I recommend some kind of dipping sauce or topping for these because the coconut flour tends to be on the dryer side. You can even top these with some tomato sauce too. There are tons of dipping sauces out there depending on your taste…ranch dressing, sweet chili sauce (my favorite), ketchup, honey, tahini, honey mustard, etc.

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Paleo Coconut Chicken Fingers
 
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Recipe type: Paleo
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless/skinless chicken breast cut into strips
  • ⅛ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I found it in the bulk section at whole foods)
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • **optional: sweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. In a medium bowl whisk egg whites
  3. In a medium bowl combine coconut flour, unsweetened coconut flakes, chili powder, salt and pepper
  4. Dip chicken finger in egg whites and completely cover
  5. Press both sides of the chicken into dry mixture, making sure they are completely covered
  6. Lay on baking sheet covered in foil or use a non-stick baking mat
  7. Bake for 20 minutes
  8. Flip after 20 minutes and top with sweetened coconut flakes if that is your preference
  9. Bake for final 5 minutes or put oven on broil for 2 or 3 minutes to get a little crispy.
  10. ***If you do end up broiling for the last few minutes, keep an eye if you used sweetened coconut flakes because the sugar can burn easy.

 

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