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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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Eat – Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

We all know Keri loves to eat EVERYTHING.  With carless abandon.

BUT – much like I find myself partaking in ninja-secret wee-hours workouts (if ninjas grunted and fell over a lot while working out,) occassionally I have to check myself in the feeding department.

My check of choice in the eating dept is a good old-fashioned (well, not THAT old, but still,) carb cleanse.

Out with the white and startchy junk, in with the protein and good fats and veg.

When the voice inside my head starts screaming for ice cream and french fries 24/7 – I know it is time to reset the old insulin situation in Keri-land.

Right after we were married, The Mr and I did the South Beach Diet.

It really made a difference in the way I felt, and so it is an idea I return to from time to time when the bread basket starts becoming my BFF/Worst frinemy ever.

Incidently, The Mr is NOT allowed to cut carbs ever again – he NEEDS the carbs.  The carbs (evidently) are his happy food.  During the SB Diet phase of our first married year, I looked over at him one day and realized he looked thin and angry.  We have friends who swear they will sabotage any efforts he attempts to make by sleep-feeding him bagels.   But as usual I digress.

Anyhoo – one of my favorite things to play with for easy low carb snacking is the meatball.  You can do ANYTHING with a meatball – any flavor you love translates into a meatball (aside of maybe cupcake… but that is a cakeball – and that kind of misses the point, yo.)

They are easy to make, easy to freeze, easy to pack and easy to eat warmed up or cold.

How about Keri stops blabbing and we make-a the meat-a ball-a, eh?

WHAT YOU NEED:

2 lbs ground meat – chicken, turkey, beef, whatever – but go with a lean variety or it gets a little messy

1 teaspoon each of: garlic powder, salt, pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

2 eggs

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (I use turkey bacon, but you do you -whatever you want)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

WHAT YOU DO:

-Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees

-In a bowl, add the eggs, seasoning, and Worcestershire Sauce to the meat:
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-Now use the best meatball mixing tools EVER – your clean hands – to mix that in well

-Add the bacon and the cheese:

-And repeat with awesome mixing tools:
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-Spray sheet pan(s) lightly with cooking spray

-Roll the meat into 1 and a half balls and place on baking sheets:
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-Bake at 375 for 22-25 minutes

-Remove from the pan to cool:
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How does Keri like to enjoy?  With pickles, of course – what is a bacon cheeseburger with no pickles?

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I get about 30 meatballs out of this, and they go right in my freezer after cooling. Then I can grab as few or as many as I need and reheat.

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