Soooo…. according to Fox Sports, the Superbowl could be played at any point between Friday, January 31 and Sunday, February 3. Really? I thought this was a hoax when I first read about it as I was not aware that you could move the Super Bowl, but apparently this is really a thing. Craziness! Winter can be done now, amiright? I mean, they are talking about MOVING THE FREAKING SUPER BOWL because it is too cold and snowy! Ugh. My brain cannot process that.
BUT! Do you know what my brain can process? Tasty chili. Chili is one of those dishes that lends itself perfectly for preparing on a Sunday and eating throughout the week. It also freezes really well so you can always make a huge batch, portion it out, and have it on hand for a quick mid-week meal. It’s no secret around here that I am a fan of preparing my meals for the week on Sunday afternoon. I get a lot of questions about what I prep and how I do it and I am in the process of writing up a Sunday Food Prep Tips and Tricks post so stay tuned for that. I am aiming to have that posted early next week so you can get a healthy start to the week after stuffing yourself silly with wings and chili at a Super Bowl party.
I usually make chili with ground beef, but all I had on hand was ground turkey so I decided to give that a try. Much to my delight, it turned out great! In fact, I noticed that ground turkey forms larger chunks when cooked than ground beef which lead to a chunkier chili. Since I did not use beans in this recipe, I appreciated the heartiness of the turkey and will probably continue to use it from here on out. Don’t you love happy accidents?
Turkey and Vegetable Chili
This chili recipe is highly adaptable! You can use any ground protein you'd like and can add more vegetables than the suggested amounts for a super chunky chili.
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
- 2 cans of water (I measure using the tomato can)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/4 ounce baker's chocolate (optional)
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 yellow pepper, chopped
- 1 orange pepper, chopped
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 large white onion, chopped (reserve about 1/3 for topping!)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- In a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic in olive oil until the onion is soft.
- Add the ground turkey and stir frequently to cook the turkey all the way through.
- Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, water, spices and chocolate and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer over low heat for 40 minutes to let the flavors combine.
- Add the chopped carrots and chopped peppers and simmer for an additional 20 minutes or until the carrots have softened.
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Going to a party on Sunday? Stuck for an idea of what to bring? Here are some healthy ideas! Ok, everything except the first one is healthy. But, the vodka-soaked gummy bears are fun!
Vodka Infused Gummie Candies
Drunken Gummy Bears - Fun alternative to Jello shots.
Wonton Pizza Pockets
Wonton Pizza Pockets – Fun bite-sized pizza appetizer.
Mediterranean Zucchini Cups
Mediterranean Zucchini Cups – You can make these with cucumbers, too!
Maple and Chili Roasted Chickpeas.
Maple and Chili Roasted Chickpeas – Great alternative to potato chips.
Oven Roasted Beer Can Chicken
Oven Roasted Beer Can Chicken – If you need a main dish, you can’t go wrong!
Pico de Gallo
Guacamole and Pico de Gallo – Party staples
Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus
Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus – Another great starter item
Have a safe Super Bowl Sunday, everyone!
Our friend, Debbie, makes these whenever she has a party and they are always a huge hit. They are easy to make and deceptively innocent. What could be a better party treat? I made these for a Super Bowl party and they went faster than I had anticipated! You can use any type of vodka for this, but remember you will be consuming the alcohol so you might want to spring for something with a little bit of quality.
Step 1: Fill glass mason jars or a glass bowl with gummy candies. I used gummy bears, gummy cherries, and gummy raspberries.
If you do not have glass jars, you can use a glass bowl or baking dish.
Step 2: Pour vodka into the jars so it covers the gummy candies and place the lid on the jar. If you are using a glass bowl, cover it with plastic wrap making sure the plastic wrap does not touch the vodka, and place jars in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 days. The longer they soak, the stronger they will be!
According to some sources on the internet, plastic and vodka don’t mix. Apparently, the vodka breaks down the plastic causing it to be harmful when ingested. I keep finding conflicting information about this, and I am pretty certain I have seen vodka sold in plastic bottles. Just to be on the safe side, I am going to advise you to not let the plastic wrap touch the vodka.
Ready to head to the fridge!
Step 3: Occasionally, you will want to turn the jars and let them stand upside down for a few hours. This will promote even absorption. The gummy candies will swell pretty significantly so leave a little more headspace in the jars than I did.
My finger for size reference.
Step 4: When you are ready to serve you vodka-infused candies, give them a quick rinse under cold water and divide into small cups. I found 3-ounce cups (100 count) at Walmart for $1.29.