Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Turkey Bean Chili

The other day, I had to make a chili for a get together we were having over at the church. I didn't get up early enough to put everything in a crockpot, so I had to find a quick recipe that had only ingredients I had on hand. I came across this recipe for Turkey Bean Chili and it was delicious!

Turkey Bean Chili
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chili beans, undrained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook the turkey, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Here are the results:

Bullies in the Headlights

Bullies in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley is the sequel to Chicken in the Headlights. It follows the Buckley family again, this time focusing on their tough times at school. Bullies are picking on them and they must fight back. The Buckley boys enjoy getting revenge until they are forced to "pixie" their bullies' family and suddenly see them in a new light.

MY REVIEW: This one was almost as funny as the first. Following this family of all boys is just plain funny. It does have a little more meaning and morals in it than the first. A cute and touching book. I recommend the audio version myself.

B and L's Strawberry Smoothie

I'm really sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been cooking though and I have some good recipes. I think smoothie season is officially over but I just love smoothies. Here's a good one I found online:

B and L's Strawberry Smoothie:

  • 8 strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cubes ice, crushed
In a blender combine strawberries, milk, yogurt, sugar and vanilla. Toss in the ice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.

Here are the results:

MY REVIEW: I forgot the sugar, but it still tasted good. It's good basic recipe to start with for anybody who is afraid of making smoothies (but really, you can't go wrong)