Healthy Turkey Chili
This easy-to-make Healthy Turkey Chili is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! With ground turkey, beans and tomatoes, it is hearty comfort food. It’s made easily in the slow cooker or Instant Pot and easily customizable by adding on all your favorite toppings. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo friendly.
Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe
This is my classic go-to healthy turkey chili recipe all fall and winter long. I think I could make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point because I truly make it weekly! It is always a huge hit and it’s one of my top rated recipes for years now. We’ve given the photos an update so more of you can find this amazing recipe. It’s perfect for game day eats or even meal prep. The best part of the chili is you can customize to your liking, some days I’ll add more vegetables based on what’s in season! For a beanless turkey chili, and to make this Whole30 compliant and Paleo, simply omit the beans! And of course you get to choose the toppings to customize your dietary needs.
- Ground Turkey or Beef
- Bell Peppers
- Sweet Potatoes (optional)
- Beans (optional)
- Tomato Sauce and Paste
- Diced Tomatoes
How to Make It
We’ve got options for making this for both the stove top and the pressure cooker.
Making it in the Instant Pot is great because it builds flavor quickly without much hands on time. The chili is under pressure for 15 minutes, with a quick pressure release. However, don’t forget to account for the prep time (gathering up your ingredients and dicing some up), the saute of the veggies and the time it takes to come up to pressure. It will take at most about an hour to cook this in the Instant Pot. But it’s mostly hands-off cooking time and it adds a ton of flavor.
When I cook this on the stove top I simmer it for a long time, close to 2 hours, so it’s perfect to cook on a slow Sunday afternoon. Make sure to check back in on it, stirring occasionally and adding in more water if needed.
- Avocado Slices
- Diced or Marinated Onions
- Diced Tomatoes
- Tortilla Chips
- Shredded Lettuce
- Sour Cream
Cornbread with Chili?
OH yeah, if it’s your thing! Cornbread is super popular served with chili. Here is our easy recipe for cornbread and it’s a winner for sure.
If you love chili, check out these other recipes:
For more soup recipes, check out these:
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 bell peppers (any color), chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- Optional: 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 pounds ground turkey or grass-fed beef
- 2 cups water, more as needed
- 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, more to taste
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more to taste
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste
- Red pepper flakes, to taste
- Optional: 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
- Optional: 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans
- Optional: 1 small jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
- In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and sweet potato, if using, for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
- Add the meat to the pot and cook until browned, stirring often to break up the meat.
- Once the meat is browned, add the water, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, salt, and all of the spices. Mix well to combine. If you are adding the beans and jalapeño, do so here.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, until the chili is nice and thick, about 3 hours. Add additional water during this time if you want your chili more souplike. Towards the end of the cooking time, taste and adjust spices as desired. Add additional cayenne for an extra kick, and more salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve garnished with your favorite chili toppings, if desired. Mine are listed above.
- Store in refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer.
- *Omit beans to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly
- How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot
- Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
- Add meat and cook until brown.
- Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
- Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
- Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
- Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!
Healthy Turkey Chili
This might be a recipe for a Classic Macaroni Salad, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! This dish is a staple at picnics and potlucks and for good reason–it’s delicious! Serve it for a crowd, or pair it with protein for a cool, summer dinner.
Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe
This site is no stranger to pasta salads, having previously made a BLT Pasta Salad, Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad, and Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. But we realized as summer rolled on in that we were missing the beloved deli style pasta salad! This refreshing Classic Macaroni Salad may look simple, but it’s bright, with crunchy veggies and perfect for any summertime gathering. This creamy pasta salad looks like the same version you can buy in a deli, but obviously OH SO DELICIOUS because it’s homemade with fresh ingredients.
Want to know the best part about this pasta salad? It is a make-ahead dish! So make it a day before that party you’re bringing it to, or combine it with some protein like tuna, hard boiled eggs or shredded chicken and prep yourself lunch for a few days.
Ingredients for our Classic Macaroni Salad
We admit, using the word classic can be touchy because everybody can have their own version of what makes something classic. But we decided on a version that’s creamy and bright (thanks to a hefty addition of apple cider vinegar), with lots of crunchy fresh vegetables and just the right amount of sweetness that brings the whole thing all together.
Here’s what’s in it:
- Elbow Macaroni (gluten-free if you need it, of course!)
- Mayonnaise (we use avocado oil mayo)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper
- Red bell pepper
- Red onion
Proteins to Pair to Make it a Meal
This is the perfect side dish to pair with just about any grilled main dish, but it would also make a great summer dinner or lunch meal prep. Pair it with a protein to make it a but more substantial:
If you like this potluck favorite, check out these others:
- Easy Cucumber Salad with Lots of Herbs!
- Israeli Salad
- Sweet & Crunchy Thai Slaw with Chicken
- Gluten Free Biscuits
- Mediterranean Tuna Salad with No Mayo!
Classic Macaroni Salad
This might be a recipe for a Classic Macaroni Salad, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring! This dish is a staple at picnics and potlucks and for good reason--it's delicious! Serve it for a crowd, or pair it with protein for a cool, summer dinner.
- 12 ounces Gluten Free elbow macaroni
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoons honey (optional)
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, more to taste
- Ground black papper
- 2 celery ribs, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 cup carrots, grated (about 2 medium carrots)
- 1/4 red onion, minced
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Rinse well under cool water and drain.
- Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk together mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard and salt and black pepper.
- To the bowl add the cooked pasta, celery, red pepper, carrots and red onion and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. Pasta salad will keep up to 4 days.
- Don’t need to be gluten-free? Use whatever pasta you’d like!
- We tested this with a few different types of gluten-free pasta. Brown rice pasta is slightly hard when cold, while other brands that contained white rice flour, corn flour or soy flour stayed soft when cold. We’d recommend if you want to use brown rice pasta not making it ahead of time to keep it the correct consistency.
Classic Macaroni Salad
This Slow-Cooker Beef Stew is the perfect healthy comfort food for cold days! It’s hearty, flavorful, packed with veggies, and easy to make right in your crock pot. Make it for a cold winter night, or a festive St. Patrick’s Day meal! Beef stew is a simple recipe that will wow everyone who tries it.
The Slow Cooker is an amazing phenomenon in my opinion. Even those friends of mine who aren’t big cookers use it! Throw all the ingredients in with the right flavor combo and BOOM: the perfect stew. It’s hands off, easy to use, and safe!
What is Irish stew made of?
Filled with beef, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and potatoes is the perfect main dish for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The beef is so tender, it just melts in your mouth!
Tips For Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Brown your meat
- Don’t use too much liquid
- Don’t skimp on the cook time
- Layer your beef and veggies
- Set it and forget it! The beauty of a slow cooker!
This stew is: hearty, flavorful, tender melt-in-your-mouth beef, and packed with veggies! It is also paleo-friendly, dairy-free, whole30 compliant and has no sugar added… does it get any better than that? I love making this soup at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long!
What defines a stew?
- In a stew you aren’t looking for the consistency of a soup, so minimizing added liquids is helpful!
- Beef stew doesn’t need to be super, super thick. You’ll most likely be using potatoes, and their starch will naturally thicken your stew! If not, don’t worry, this stew thickens whithout it, too.
What kind of beef is used for stew?
You can buy beef stew meat, which is cut and cubed and is generally chuck or round! Beef round cuts (bottom and eye) are generally leaner than chuck (shoulder, leg and butt) and very well-suited to stew.
I always add beef stew meat to my ButcherBox order in the cold weather months. Each month, ButcherBox curates a one-of-a-kind selection of the healthiest, tastiest meats, humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones. Or you can customize your box and select your favorite cuts and get 20% more meat.The price works out to less than $6.00/meal and shipping is always free. You can also space it out so it’s not every 4 weeks, too! ButcherBox delivers your meat for the month, saves you money, and is the best quality! Order Today and get this amazing deal:
- Get FREE bacon
- FREE Shipping
- $15 OFF!
Can you put raw meat in a slow cooker?
You certainly can, but for this beef stew recipe, we prefer to sear the meat first to bring out the amazing flavor that you’ll get!
Tools used to make this easy slow cooker beef stew recipe:
- Slow Cooker: Inexpensive and works great. I’ve had mine for years!
- Cast Iron Skillet: I like a nice, hot cast iron skillet to sear our stew meat!
- Chef’s Knife: My go-to chef’s knife. Use whatever you have on hand!
- Tongs: To easily flip the meat while searing.
- Cutting Board: A good cutting board, of course! To chop all those veggies!
Want other slow cooker recipes? Try these favorites:
- Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
- Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
- Slow Cooker Mulled Cider
- Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar
If you like this beef stew recipe, make these other St Patrick’s Day Favorites:
- Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
- How to Brine Corned Beef Yourself!
- Paleo Thin Mints
- Carrot Cake Cookies
Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds boneless grass-fed chuck, cubed
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon tapioca flour or flour of choice
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic granules
- 1 teaspon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper, more to taste
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Sear meat for about 3 minutes on each side, until brown. Set aside.
- Place meat and vegetables in the crockpot
- Add in broth, tomato paste, tapioca, and spices
- Mix well to combine
- Set on low for 8-10 hours
- After 7 hours, taste and adjust spices to your liking (i.e. add additional salt, cayenne, or red pepper flakes)
- Remove bay leaf and serve hot
Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
This Detox Smoothie Freezer Pack is one of my favorites! A delicious make-ahead smoothie that is full of cleansing whole foods like pineapple, celery, cucumber, chia seeds, honey and lemon to nourish your body and assist with detox. This easy and healthy smoothie is the perfect start to your day.
We are on week 4 of our Make-Ahead Freezer Smoothie Pack series! If you are a long-time reader of mine, you know that I believe that food can play a big part in not only keeping the body healthy, but also healing the body. This Detox Smoothie Freezer Pack is the end of a series of 4 nutritionally-minded smoothies packs that target specific health benefits. For the finale we’ll do a round-up and a bonus guide to making 30 Smoothie Freezer Packs that are budget friendly!
This week we’re talking about how important it is to eat foods that naturally assist your body with detoxing!
Toxins are EVERYWHERE in our environment and unfortunately in the foods we eat. Our liver and kidneys naturally do a great job at detoxing, but it is also helpful to include foods that assist the body in detoxing. I have personally dealt with a lot of bloating throughout my gut healing journey so we wanted to incorporate some cleansing and de-bloating ingredients into this smoothie!
Best Detox and Cleansing Foods
Luckily there are a lot of of foods that assist in detoxing! Some popular ones are teas, citrus and seeds. Today in our smoothie we’re using pineapple, celery, cucumber, chia seeds, honey and lemon!
Check out the rest of the make-ahead smoothie freezer pack series:
- Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Freezer Pack
- Antioxidant Smoothie Freezer Pack
- Fiber Smoothie Freezer Pack
- Detox Smoothie Freezer Pack
- 30 Budget-Friendly Smoothies
Detox Smoothie Freezer Packs
To Make Freezer Packs:
- Place all ingredients except coconut milk and coconut water into a freezer safe bag. Freeze until ready to use, up to 1 month.
- Combine all ingredients, including coconut milk and coconut water in a high speed blender.
- Blend until creamy, adding additional coconut water if necessary.