For about the last five or six weeks now I have tried to make an effort to live healthier and take over all better care of myself. Mostly due to some health issues that I have had recently, which unfortunately my doctor says are unrelated to not taking good care of myself. I however don’t want to pump my-self full of medication unless it’s absolutely necessary, so I’ve cut out pop, fast food and a lot of processed junk. My diet lately has consisted of protein shakes, scrambled egg whites and lots and lots of salad.
I needed to mix in something different. So tonight, while chopping up some green peppers that were intended to be set aside and used for salad, I decided I’m going to cook something. I just didn’t know what that something was until I was halfway done with it.
I had remembered how when I was little my grandmother would chop of vegetables very fine and “sneak” them into ground hamburger meat as her why of getting me to eat my vegetables. I decided to try something similar.
Ground Turkey & Spinach Chili
- 1 lb. Lean ground turkey
- 1/2 Bag packaged baby spinach
- 1 Large green pepper
- 1 Large red onion
- 2 8 oz. Cans of tomato sauce
- 1 12 oz. Can of great northern beans
- Chopped garlic
- Black pepper
- Chili powder
1) I took about 1/4 of the green pepper, about 1/4 of the red onion, a couple small spoonfuls of chopped garlic, 1/2 bag of leftover baby spinach, a dash of sea salt and a few dashes of ground black pepper and tossed it into my Ninja blender (that thing is awesome) to a paste like consistency. I took that mixture and then combined it with 1/2 of ground turkey and set it aside.2) I took the rest of the green pepper and red onion added a few small spoonfuls of chopped garlic and threw that in the oven at 375º F for about 15 minutes. Then took it out of the pan and set it aside. (Next time I’ll probably just cook them on the stove top rather than in the oven.
3) I took the turkey/spinach concoction and browned it on the stove top at medium heat.4) I added the tomato sauce, chili powder, paprika, great northern beans, peppers & onions and cooked at medium heat for about 15 minutes. I added a pinch of hot sauce for some heat.
When it was all done, just to keep it different I topped it off with some reduced fat feta cheese.It ended up tasting amazing. I will definitely make this again.
I had enough for dinner, enough to take to work tomorrow for lunch and probably enough to set aside for at least 2 additional servings. I’ll just have to get around to calculating the calories, protein and all that stuff.