This recipe was submitted by Jarka Crawford, holistic nutritionist and founder of CleverFamilyMeals.ca.
Okay, so it’s technically still winter, it may be warmer than average here in the Northern regions (like 10 degrees warmer), but that’s the thing about our climate, you never really know what’s in store for the end of winter and early spring. One moment, it’s warm and sunny and the next there is sleet and snow. So, while our bodies are beginning to crave lighter veggie based dishes, every once in a while a cool day comes along and we’re back to the hearty basics.
So, for the upcoming cooler days we have a little treat. Chili, which is pretty much always a treat. This recipe is so simple to prep and cook, you can make it in a large batch and freeze for those days where your body says, hey you, gimme chili!!!
Top 3 reasons for brewing up a batch of this chili:
1. Chili is versatile, can be eaten by itself, used as a dip, chili fries, nachos etc. Chili’ing up food is pretty awesome, and delicious. Like poutine’s healthier cousin.
2. This large batch and easy to prep recipe makes it a quick and healthy dinner that you can double or even triple and then freeze for an easy future chili dinner.
3. Turkey is a healthier meat alternative to ground beef (for those of you who don’t want a vegan version), and it’s made with white beans (aka navy beans), which are incredibly high in fiber, making this dish a wonderful metabolism happy meal.
Warming White Turkey Chili
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil + 1/2 cup water
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp chili seasoning
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 bell pepper any colour, chopped
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 3 cups white beans navy beans, with some liquid
- 2 Tbsp white rice flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2/4 tsp sea salt
- Optional: greens like spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard greens
- In a large pot, place olive oil and water.
- Add onion, garlic, spices and cook stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
- Add peppers and cook for a few minutes more.
- Add turkey in the pot and cook until the turkey is no longer pink.
- In the meantime, combine the broth and flour in a bowl.
- Add the mix of broth and flour to the pot and stir well.
- Add the beans with some of the liquid (especially if you are making your own beans, the cooking water has lots of nutrients) and bring the whole mixture to boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, place a lid on the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- If you are using greens, add them to the pot 10 minutes before the end of cooking for tougher greens like kale, or 1 minute before the end of cooking for greens like spinach.
My name is Jarka, and I’m a holistic nutritionist and founder of CleverFamilyMeals.ca. My goal is to help families manage healthy eating by creating a personalized action plan tailored to your lifestyle, needs and preferences. With deliciously healthy recipes, natural medicine and valuable tips, I’ll help you manage: digestive issues, recurring ear/chest infections, eczema, asthma, sleep issues, behavioural problems, ADD/ ADHD, autism and more.
I have successfully used this holistic approach in my own family and look forward to sharing my expertise with you. Watch your family gather around the dinner table in a whole new healthy and delicious way!