Monday, September 30, 2013

Crock Pot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  Mine was great!  We spent a lot of time outdoors - the weather couldn't have been any more perfect.

I'm not sure if this is a toddler thing or a personal preference thing, but John is a relatively picky eater, especially when it comes to textures.  Take mashed potatoes for example.    For the longest time, each time he would try them, he would gag.  Now he eats them with no problem.  Another thing he has a hard time with?  Chili.  He would pick out only the ingredients he liked and leave the rest.  

When I saw a recipe for kid-friendly chili, I knew it was something I had to try.  Bonus?  It's a crock pot recipe!

Crock Pot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili
Servings: 5  • Size: 1 cup  • Old Points: 6 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 6 pt
Calories: 226 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 21 g • Fiber: 3.5 g • Protein: 31 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 688 mg • Cholest: 59 mg

1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon oil
1 medium onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced fine
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
10 oz can Rotel Mild Tomatoes
8 oz small can plain tomato sauce
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Optional Toppings:
diced avocado
reduced fat sour cream
reduced fat shredded cheese
baked tortilla chips

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the turkey, season with salt and cook, breaking up with a spoon until turkey browns and is no longer pink; place into the slow cooker. Add the oil to the skillet and sauté the onion, garlic and bell pepper over medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes. Spoon over turkey into the slow cooker and stir in corn and tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, paprika and salt, mix until well blended. Pour chicken broth into the crock pot and add the bay leaf.
Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or LOW 6 hours. Serve with desired toppings.

I wasn't sure how John would react, but when he saw my serving with the cheese on top, he decided he would try some too.

The verdict?  Complete success!  See how he's using his spoon?  That, my friends, means he's eating the chili, not just the things he liked.

The only issue he had was with the diced tomatoes.  He told me he didn't like them and asked me to pick them out.  I took the spoon from him and scooped out the chili.  I told him there were no tomatoes in that scoop (even though there were) and he told me he liked it.  When I told him he had eaten diced tomatoes he looked at me and said "oh, I guess I do like them."    Go figure.

Question of the Day:
What was the highlight of your weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie