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Three Bean Turkey Chili

Back into my slow cooker obsession, I made chili for tonight. I think I’m starting to master forward thinking meal prep, which is making my life considerably easier. I can enjoy meal prep and cooking and not feel the frenzy of scrambling to pull something together while starving.

I’ve made Skinny Taste’s crockpot 3 bean turkey chili before and we both liked it so I thought I would give it another whirl. You can find her recipe here. She has some amazing healthy recipes- shes another staple food blog of mine (her enchiladas might be my favorite!)

Last time I made it, I followed it pretty much to a T- this time I took a little freedom as I realized I had used or didn’t have quite all of the ingredients. Whoops- remember when that happened for the french onion soup? same shopping trip!

Because I realized I was without an onion, I threw in garlic to cook with the turkey (she has you browning the turkey with an onion) and I also showered my turkey with some cumin. I threw in another spoonful of garlic into the bean mixture when I had everything thrown in- just to make sure there would be enough flavor.

The second thing I realized I didnt have was the actual chiles- well, resorting back to my dear franks hot sauce, I threw some in and stirred it around until I thought there was plenty. This is a big batch of chili so it did need quite a bit.

I also replaced the chili powder with cumin- personal preference.

I let it stand in the fridge all night, purely for my own convenience, but I think that helped blend the flavors. JPS says he thought this was even more savory than when I made it the first time!

While its not the most attractive dish- its a sure crowd pleaser!

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Pesto Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken

I’ve been hitting some wins in the kitchen!

I recently found this pin¬†which is a recipe from picky palate. Which I’ve just been trying to find a day that would work to try it out. It took me all of 5 minutes to dump the ingredients into the crockpot and I was merrily on my way to work. Now I think if you can make anything at 630am thats an accomplishment. But this really was because it tasted (and smelled) amazing.

I used less chicken (4 pieces), less pesto (half a jar) and more broth (around 1.5 cups) and changed the ranch packet to be the spicy ranch packet (actually that was JPS- it gave it a little kick!)

The chicken was so tender and the pesto and ranch combined were a great pair- it definitely didn’t have too much of a ranch flavor but I think a smoother ending than leaving you with a mouthful of basil. The only thing I didn’t like about the recipe- which is so vain- is it didnt look good. It floats in the mixture all day- and then you definitely want that flavor- so you want to keep pesto on the chicken- but it looks like mushy spinach or something. Do not be dismayed- however ugly it is. It makes up tenfold in taste! We paired it with a broccoli/carrot/pepper veggie mix and grilled potatoes. It would be perfect for a summer dinner outside!

photoI could never figure out why everyone raves about crockpots, until I got my own. I wish I planned meals out enough to throw all of our meals in them and run out the door. But I’m not that planned out yet. ONE DAY.