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Turkey Chorizo Chili — Made with a Little Help from Whole Foods and Costco

Turkey Chorizo White Bean Chili

Here’s a little secret. I don’t always cook from scratch. Really! Sometimes I use a few carefully selected products — mostly from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or Costco. For example, here’s how I made the Turkey Chorizo Chili we had for dinner the other night.

Start with some Turkey Chili with White Beans from Whole Foods.

WF Turkey Chili w White Beans

Ingredients Turkey Chili w White BeansAdd thick bite-size pieces of Wellshire Smoked Chorizo Sausage, also from Whole Foods. The sausage is pre-cooked! No pan to clean up! 🙂

Smoked Chorizo Sausage

Pour some Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock into the mix — just enough to get the consistency you want.

Kirkland Chicken Stock

Mix in some sautéed peppers, like these slightly hot peppers I bought at the farmers market. Sorry, I don’t know the name for these peppers, but you can use any slightly hot peppers, including poblanos which are easy to find.

Sauteed peppers

Stir the mixture and heat to serving temperature in the microwave.

On top of each serving, add some chopped avocado.

Chopped Avocado

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Chopped Cilantro stored in container

BTW, to keep chopped cilantro fresh longer, I store it in a plastic container in the veggie drawer of my refrigerator. Notice the paper towel lining the container. The purpose of the towel is to collect moisture. And there are a few slits in the lid of the container (as you can see below) to allow the chopped leaves to respire. These two tricks help keep the cilantro fresh longer. And having chopped cilantro on hand encourages me to use more of it. 🙂

Lid of container w Chopped Cilantro

And that’s all it takes to make a fantastic Turkey Chorizo Chili! Less time and effort than getting in the car and eating out. And healthier too!

Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni

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FOOD FIND: Mini Bell Peppers and Jimmy Nardello Peppers

jimmy nardelis and yummis

This picture perfect bowl of peppers was a big hit when I brought it to an appetizer potluck.

The red peppers are sweet and succulent Jimmy Nardello Peppers, affectionately called “Jimmy’s.” You can cook Jimmy’s just about any way you like, but mostly we just munch on them raw and whole (minus the seeds) or enjoy them chopped in salad.

The orange peppers are sweet mini bell peppers, also known as “yummies,” according to the farmer who sold them to me.  We eat yummies raw too.  They are also great roasted, grilled, marinated, sautéed, or stuffed.

For the best recipes with Jimmy’s and yummies that I could find on the web, click on my PINTEREST board: Sweet Peppers.

Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni

Chopped Salad and Sardines

My lunch often consists of a large chopped salad and some canned sardines that have been rinsed with water and splashed with lemon juice (so no one at work can smell the sardines)! I love chopped fresh veggies, and I often prepare enough for a few days and store it in the refrigerator at work. Especially in the summer – but anytime of the year as well – I enjoy this healthy and low-carbohydrate lunch!

For more information on what I put into one of my favorite chopped salads and why I chose these veggies, see the short video/podcast that I did with my sister – who was kind enough to agree to participate without any notice at all. In fact, as soon as I called her on her cell phone to ask if she would work with me on this, she pulled over in her car and we did this video/podcast with her on her cell phone and me on my regular speakerphone.  So this video/podcast is totally unrehearsed, and yet I think it came out really well! I’m still amazed!

Since we did this podcast, I have come up with another idea I want to share with you. If you do not like sardines that much, you can get used to eating this very healthy fish, gradually. For example, you could bake a mild fish like Dover sole; let it cool; and then mix it in with the sardines. Over time, you can add more sardines and less sole. I made this half-half mixture and added LOTS of chopped fresh dill, and it was great!

Kitchen tips on how to do some of the things mentioned in the video:

Zest lemons or limes (and freeze the fresh juice in small quantities for use later)

One way to cut a ripe avocado into chunks and another way to cut a ripe avocado into chunks

Note: Wash the avocado before you cut into it!

Enjoy and be healthy!

~Leni