Category Archives: Ground Beef

Eat- Turkey Chili 

I know, I KNOW – I am just NO WHERE lately.  The whole summer just FLEW by, and here we are deep down into fall (not that you can tell here along the front range of the rockies, where we are still hitting 80 degrees on the regular.  BOOO!)

Anyway, it is what it is, Keri was too busy doing all the things her blog name says, and not writing about it.  Bad Keri.

BUT YAY FALL!!  Oh how I love cooking in fall.  So cozy with the fam all cuddle down in the house, eating big pots of simmering yummieness together after frolicking in the leaves and such.  (OK, that might be a little more “Instagram filter world” than “IRL” but still – it’s a great season, yo.)

I am determined to start cooking fall weather food, even if the entire family has been sweltering  through pumpkin patch outings and leaf raking in shorts and tee shirts all dang month.

Nothing is better in Fall than a big bowl of chili, amirite? (Yes, yes I am right – even if my husband, who CLAIMS to have been raised in Texas, doesn’t actually care for chili BECAUSE HE IS SHADY OR SOMETHING, can I get an amen?)

I am a “no bean” kinda gal, and I know that is a hugely polarizing statement .  But before you get your oven mits in a bunch about it, you could easily throw in a can or two of your personal faves and have this recipe come out great as well.

It is even BETTER heated up for lunch in the days after making it, and it also freezes and reheats perfectly!

Let’s make Keri’s chili, shall we?

WHAT YOU NEED

1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef, or whatever “ground” floats your boat)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes

1 can low sodium chicken broth

½  29 oz can tomato sauce (take a peak at the ingredients – you just want tomato puree, no salt or sugar!!  I use a half a can, you could use the whole thing if you aren’t the carb counting fiend that I am.)

1 1/1 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

½ tablespoon black pepper

¾ teaspoon garlic powder

Coconut oil (or other oil) –not pictured –  to coat bottom of pot

WHAT YOU DO

Heat enough coconut oil to coat the bottom of a deep-walled soup/stock pot, and add chopped onion over medium heat.  Sweat the onions for 2-3 minutes.

Add in ground turkey and cook over medium-high heat until browned.
Add all spices, and stir to coat the meat and warm the spices

Add tomatoes to the pot (I don’t drain, I just let the juice cook off)

Add the tomato sauce and the broth,  stir well, and simmer partially covered on low for 1 hour. (or you could TOTALLY simmer this in a slow cooker on low all day and fill your house with INSANELY good smells to greet you at dinner time.)


MMMMM.

Now come on fall weather – Colorado is waiting for you!

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>Inside-out Shepherd’s Pie

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I have a confession. I can be a little lazy after a long day of work. But even when I am feeling a bit, um, “undermotivated” shall we say, I still love cooking a yummy dinner for the fam when I get home. Not only does cooking soothe my stressed-out soul, all of the “yummy noises” The Hub makes when consuming my creations do wonders for an ego bruised by slaying office dragons all day.
That being said – it never hurts to keep things as easy as possible, right? And so I give you the Inside-out Shepherd’s Pie. All of the delicious flavor of the comfort food classic, with none of the extra assembly required!
Shepherd’s pie is very forgiving, and I probably never do the exact same thing twice, but it is usually something like this:
-Make mashed potatoes (or use flakes, or use leftovers – this is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes!) I dice potatoes small and boil them on the stove until tender before draining and adding a few splashes of milk and whipping them with my trusty hand mixer. Don’t forget to taste and season with S&P.
-brown 1/2 lb of stew meat, cubed beef, or ground beef
-to the pan add 1 can of veggie beef soup and 1 can of water, stirring and scraping the pan bottom to deglaze the pan
-add 1 shake off the bottle of Worcestershire Sauce
-bring mixture to a boil
-mix two teaspoons of corn starch with two tablespoons of cold water and stir well
-add the corn starch slurry (yep that stuff you just made is a “slurry”) to the boiling beef mixture and stir rapidly until mixture thickens.
Assembly:
Spoon mounds of mashed potatoes on to serving plates, making a well or indentation in the top of each mound.
Ladle beef mixture into potato well and allow to spill out over the sides of the mound.
Sprinkle with paprika and cheese if desired.
*Added bonus, not having to worry that when you attempt to serve your Shepherd’s pie, it is going to fall apart in a messy heap. “Messy Heap” is what you are aiming for. 🙂

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>Hamburger Stew really sounds boring…

>Sunflower Market has killer prices on ground meat right now. So I loaded up on ground chicken and extra lean ground beef and stocked the freezer. ( I get excited about the strangest things.)

In addition, King Soopers has Campbell’s Condensed Soups on sale this week, and I had a coupon for them as well – so I snapped up some cans of various types that I can use for bases and sauces.

Last night I browned 3/4 lb of the extra lean ground beef in my big stock pot, and then added in 1/4 cup of red wine to deglaze the pan (add it and scrape all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.)
Then I used a can of Campbell’s Beef Consomme made according to the directions on the can, adding that to the pot along with 1/2 of a can of mixed veggies. All of that came to a simmer together and I also shook in a couple of dashes of Worcestershire Sauce. Meanwhile I cooked two handfuls of Egg Noodles (I use No Yolks because of The Hub’s Cholesterol issues) in a separate pan of boiling water and sliced some fabulous crusty sourdough bread (shhhh, don’t tell – from the day old rack.)

Using two teaspoons of corn starch and two teaspoons cold water, I made a slurry and added to the boiling stew, mixing rapidly to thicken. Then I added the egg noodles and ladled it into bowls.
SO MUCH FLAVOR! The Hub gave it a bit of the stink-eye because of the simplicity, I think, but he really dug it. Hooray for simple, hearty,delicious, stretch-a-buck meals!!

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