White Turkey Chili with Kale

This  hearty bowl of white turkey chili with kale is nutrient rich and only $3 per serving.White Turkey Chili with Kale

Imagine Tom Cruise on the phone with you right now shouting,

Show me the money!

..in an effort to help  keep your spending in check for 2017. Oh, my bad, it’s the Recipe Redux challenging us to create budget friendly entrees for less than $3 per serving.

So let’s get right to the issue at hand,  serving up something economical that’s also nutritious and delicious ! My inspiration comes from the twenty degree weather we experienced the first week of January when this hearty bowl of white turkey chili with kale really hit the spot. I love that for $3 per serving it provides:  under 500 calories, 35 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber, 20% % daily value for Vitamin A,  35% daily value vitamin C,  15% daily value calcium, 30 % daily value for iron. Talk about getting  a big bang for your buck, no negotiated endorsements necessary. Take that Jerry Maguire!

Please check out the links below to see more budget friendly eats from my colleagues at the Recipe Redux!

White Turkey Chili with Kale

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups diced sweet onion
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 3 (15.8 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

1. Heat canola oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, sauce 10 minutes or until tender and golden.

2. Add chili powder, garlic, and cumin. Saute for 2 minutes.

3. Add oregano and beans; cook for 30 seconds.

4.Add broth and bring to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes.

5.Remove 2 cups of bean mixture and allow to cool. Place in a food processor and process until smooth. Return pureed mixture to pan.

6. In a saute pan coated with cooking spray, brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Add turkey to bean mixture and stir in black pepper and chopped kale. Stir and continue to heat until kale is wilted. Serve hot.

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Watermelon Radish Salad

Although the color of the watermelon radish  is screaming summer, this vegetable is  actually a fall crop and may make its way into some of your CSA boxes soon.  Shave this mild radish  to  make a crisp and colorful  base for a salad.

IMG_4584It was my Mother’s influence, in a rather indirect way,  that interested me in cooking. Today, the Recipe Redux is challenging us to share our first cooking recollections. Buckel up,  because mine goes back the year Bennie and the Jets was a top 10 single. Sigh.  It start’s with the  the story of  my first attempt to bake a cake from scratch.    The day was Oct. 9, my Mother’s birthday.  Barely a teenager,  I was home alone and hoping to surprise her (in a good way). Before I began,  I asked myself:

What could go wrong?

How could this be difficult?

Not convince  it was a bad idea, I opened Mom’s Betty Crocker Cookbook to the recipe for a family favorite,  chocolate cake, and  began to assemble the necessary ingredients. Soon I was on to the instructions…but then there was this..

Grease and flour the pans. 

 Suddenly, I ‘m stumped. Sure, I knew how to grease a pan, but the flour part? What’s up with that, I thought to myself.  Googleless, and  feeling a little unsure of myself,  I scooped up some shortening on a piece of wax paper,  smeared the cake pans, cautiously  added a little flour to the slick pans, shaking and turing  them until they looked  a tad dusty.  Voila. Why was that so perplexing? IDK. The story has a happy ending with  a delicious cake and  a cheerful Mother and Daughter!!!

Now you’re probably expecting me to share a recipe for a baked good or that chocolatae cake, right? But let me take this story a little further.  Mom was the baker in the family. Like most daughters (then and now), I craved my own identity, which  is why I  taught myself to cook, #gofigure. Unlike my mother, I tried new and different things, and never  worried if anyone else in the family would like them,  #teenagersareselfish. In the spirit of this first food recollection, I am trying something new and different, made with a  vegetable I have never had (but looks kinda cool), the watermelon radish. On the exterior,  this radish is creamy white, but cut into it and you’ll  expose the exceptional  magenta interior. Shaving it spotlights its color and crisp texture, making it a fabulous  base for a salad! Because I like to keep things simple, I finished the salad with just  feta cheese, a lemon vinaigrette and fresh chopped mint. Have you ever had  watermelon radishes? If so, please share your experience in  the comments below. Don’t forget to  the visit the links at the bottom of this post for more  first cooking recollections!IMG_4578

Watermelon Radish Salad

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1/2 pound watermelon radishes
  • 1/2 pound red radishes
  • fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese

for the lemon vinaigrette

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil

Instructions

1. Wash and peel watermelon radishes. Shave with either a vegetable peeler or a mandolin slicer. Set in bowl.

2. Wash red radishes and slice into rounds. Set in bowl with shaved watermelon radishes.

3. Combine ingredients for lemon vinaigrette in a small prep bowl and whisk briskly. Pour over radishes.

4. Top with feta cheese and fresh mint. Toss. Serve immediately.

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