Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

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Someday I will have a nice camera and be able to take nice photos of my food. Until then, I will have crappy pictures of yummy food and you’ll just have to believe me!

 

Holy hearty meal!! I had never made chili before so this was an adventure for me. I thought it was going to be a long, tedious process, but it was actually pretty easy. The hardest part was finding a recipe that I liked. I ended up just varying one a little bit to make my own version. So here is what’s happening:

1 yellow onion
1 large or 3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can of black beans
1 can of red kidney beans
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 package of frozen red and green peppers
1 lb of ground turkey
1 bayleaf
3/4 tsp of cumin
1/2 tsp of oregano
1/8 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of coarse black pepper
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 red pepper (or cayenne)
1 cup of water

I used a slow cooker for this recipe but, you can absolutely make this on the stove.

Add all vegetables and beans into the pot first. The black ones I put the liquid in, the kidney beans I drained and rinsed first.
Then add your turkey, water and spices. I forgot my turkey, so I ended up cooking it and adding it after the chili was done cooking. Either way works.
I cooked my chili on high for four hours. If you want to, cook it on low for eight hours.
Once finished, stir and let sit for a little bit. Or don’t. I didn’t. I ate it right away. I was just too excited!!

Enjoy!!

Sweet potato turkey chili original recipe from: heandsheeatclean.com

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Rice cakes excite me

ImageRice cakes don’t have to be boring!! I actually love them! My favorite brand is Lundberg’s – you can find them at most grocery and health food stores.

I haven’t had processed sugar in about a month, so now when I crave something sweet I try to find new ways to satisfy that craving. I don’t have much in the house right now, so I got creative with my rice cake. What you’ll need:

1 ricecake
a few frozen strawberries, warmed up
1 spoonful of peanut butter (any nut butter, really)
A splash of Almond or coconut milk – I used a mixture of both
Cacao Powder
Shredded Coconut

There aren’t many steps to this, just warm up your strawberries, mix your almond milk in with the peanut butter (if it is hard to mix, warm it up a little) and dust on some cacao powder and sprinkle on some coconut. 

Now, this snack is not very sweet, so add your sweetener of choice if you so desire.

How do you like to decorate your rice cake?

 

Enjoy!

Obsessed with smoothies

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For the past two weeks I have been on a vegan diet, but even stricter. No sweeteners of any kind, no processed ‘cheeses’ or other substitutions that vegans might make. I’ve lost several pounds by not eating as much and what I do eat is clean. I still get my calories, don’t worry, I’m not starving myself.

I should mention that I am not a vegan. I like meat. This ‘diet’ is for three weeks. So, I will eventually be posting things that include some dairy and some meat. Until then… bring on the smoothies!

I cannot begin to describe how delicious this smoothie was. I’m sure you cannot tell from the terrible picture. Oh, the woes of not having an iPhone.

Well, good people of Blogdom I will share what I call the PB+JK smoothie.

A handful of organic kale
A few frozen organic cherries
A spoonful of peanut butter* – I use Arrowhead Mills because it is pesticide free      *you can substitute any nut butter
About 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup Defense Up juice from Evolution Fresh
1 scoop of raw chocolate protein powder (yes, it’s vegan)
1 banana
a few ice cubes

And done! It tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Enjoy!