Turkey Chili (Stove-Top or Instant Pot)

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This is my classic go-to healthy turkey chili recipe all fall and winter long. I call it healthy comfort food in a bowl because it’s hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make it on the stove-top or right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy turkey chili recipe! Simply swap out turkey for beef to make the best beef chili recipe!

Turkey Chili Recipe with toppingsHow to Make Turkey Chili

The best part? You can customize this chili to your liking. Some days I’ll add more veggies based on what is in season. Make it on the stove-top, or in the Instant Pot pressure cooker! I’ve also perfected this chili to be equally delicious with or without the beans. Instant Pot directions included, and Whole30-approved!

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

Ahhh… comfort food. I think I could make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point! It is always a huge hit and it’s one of my top rated recipes. Perfect for a big party, football Sunday, or for a good weekly meal prep (tons of leftovers). 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, simply omit the beans! They are optional!

Healthy Turkey Chili

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.
  • Notes: If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!

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Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

What do you top chili with?

  • Scallions
  • Avocado Slices
  • Cheese
  • Diced Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Additional red pepper flakes if desired for heat
  • and MORE!

Turkey Chili

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 03:00 Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Add the meat to the pot and cook until browned, stirring often to break up the meat.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve garnished with your favorite chili toppings, if desired. Mine are listed above.
  6. Store in refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer.


Recipe Notes

  • *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.
    • Notes:
      • If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!
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Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing (Video)

This Harvest Salad has all the ingredients you’ll want in a Winter kale salad recipe! Packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious Maple Balsamic Dressing for the absolute perfect holiday salad all Fall and Winter Long!

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My fabulous blogging girlfriends are here with me today bringing you healthy sides for your Thanksgiving feast. I am in love with this month’s round up because I mean… check out these recipes! Gorgeous, delicious, and good-for-you! I call it a WIN. Your family and friends will thank you, too!

Maple Balsamic Dressing

You guys, I’ve been putting this dressing on EVERYTHING. It is my favorite dressing that everybody loves and it is SO easy to make. You need to make it immediately. 

Want other salad recipes?

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How do you soften kale for a salad?

To prepare kale for a salad, massage the kale with oil and lemon for 1-3 minutes.

Can I use anything aside from kale?

Yes, use any leafy green that you love! 

Watch the video: 

Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Salad

    Maple Balsamic Dressing

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Slice kabocha squash and toss with olive oil and spread across a lined baking sheet.
    3. Roast squash for 30-40 minutes until fork tender. Remove and set aside.
    4. In a blender combine all dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
    5. Place pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5-7 minutes, tossing halfway through, watch to avoid burning.
    6. Massage kale with olive oil for 1-2 minutes.
    7. Assemble salad: kale, squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans. Top with dressing and serve.
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    Cauliflower Stuffing from The Healthy Maven

    This healthy, low-carb cauliflower rice stuffing will convince your Thanksgiving guests to jump on board the cauliflower rice train, while secretly getting them to eat more veggies! Plus it’s ready in under 20 minutes.

    Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Almonds from Eating Bird Food

    Add some green to your holiday table with this flavorful recipe for tender crisp green beans tossed with caramelized shallots, toasted almonds and fresh parsley.

    5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from Running to the Kitchen

    This simple cranberry sauce is made with just 5 ingredients. Make it in the slow cooker and save the stove-top space for all the other Thanksgiving sides.

    Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from Food Faith Fitness

    These easy scalloped sweet potatoes are SO creamy and flavorful, you’ll have a hard time believing they’re secretly healthy and paleo and vegan friendly!

    Balsamic Sea Salt Brussels Sprouts from Fit Foodie Finds

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    The BEST Paleo Bread [VIDEO]

    This recipe is one of my most popular paleo recipes for good reason! It is the BEST paleo bread recipe. These ultimate paleo sandwich rolls are ones that everyone will love. They are gluten-free, grain-free, fluffy, sliceable, and TOTALLY BREAD-LIKE with the best texture! Plus, they are simple to prepare!

    Paleo Bread Recipe Sliced

    How to make paleo bread

    I’ve been thinking about bringing paleo-friendly bread and rolls to LCK for some time now. But I knew before I did that I needed to make sure they fit specific criteria. They need the right flavor and fluffy, soft, air-y, bread-like texture. You see, I’ve never bothered buying gluten-free breads in the store. I never thought it was worth it because I always felt they were dense, not the right flavor, etc.

    Paleo Bread Recipe Video:

    Paleo Sandwich Bread with deli meat

    My ‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower Rolls are a huge hit around the web. But let’s be real, just like cauliflower pizza crusts, they are still cauliflower. They can’t really taste like pizza (or bread). So I bring you: The Ultimate Paleo Sandwich Rolls. Trust me. 

    Paleo Dinner Rolls on plate in sandwich

    Can you see that texture? Easy, breezy sandwich rolls. Trust me!

    Other Paleo Bread recipes: 

    How to use the bread:

    holding delicious paleo bread

    What kind of bread can you eat on the Paleo diet?

    Making this homemade bread is easy and kid-friendly! Paleo bread is different from gluten free bread because often on the paleo diet most grains are avoided. So gluten-free breads made with gluten-free flours like rice flour, teff flour, and corn meal would not be considered paleo bread! I like using this  combination of almond flour and tapioca flour as it creates the most legit paleo bread, and gluten-free I’ve ever tried!

    Paleo Sandwich Bread

    Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • In a bowl combine almond flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt.
    • Add in eggs and apple sauce and mix to combine.
    • Place round molds or large mason jar lids on a baking sheet and grease well.
    • Pour batter into molds until almost at the top, a little less.
    • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean*
    • Let cool slightly, slice in half, and serve.
    • Store in the refrigerator.

    Recipe Notes

    1. *Baking time might vary slightly based on how thin or thick you make your rolls
    2. I use round molds or mason jar lids, and it yields 4 fluffy sandwich rolls. See the comments for how readers have adapted!
    3. Updated 2/2017. I used to add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or palm shortening but don't find it necessary for the texture so it has been removed.
    4. For 1 roll:
      Calories: 167
      Total Carbohydrate 17.3g
      Sugars 2g
      Protein 5.9g
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    Easy Curry Shrimp (VIDEO)

    This Easy Curry Shrimp dish is perfect served on its own, served over cauliflower rice or white rice, OR inspired by my recent vacation, served with fresh tortillas, toasted coconut, homemade mango jam, and pico de gallo. Because that flavor combination is just wow! It’s made in under 30 minutes, is Whole30 compliant, and will be a new weeknight shrimp curry favorite.

    How to make Easy Curry Shrimp

    How to make curry shrimp:

    I am currently all about light, Spring-y, easy-to-throw-together meals. More specifically, 30-minutes or less, impress your guest kind of meals! Let’s make the perfect Curry Shrimp dish for dinner in under 30 minutes. Why is it the perfect weeknight meal? Three main reasons: It’s healthy, made with simple minimal ingredients, and it’s E-A-S-Y!

    Easy Shrimp Curry with toppings

    So much delicious flavor goin’ on. Your family will think you spent hours over the stove!

    How do you make shrimp curry

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    Easy Curry Shrimp

    This curry shrimp and rice recipe is so simple to prepare because you cook curry shrimp in a flash! Simply make the sauce, cook the shrimp, and serve! We loved having this with mango jam, tortillas, and pico de gallo, or serve it over rice, or cauliflower rice for a low carb option!

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    Golden Turmeric Milk Latte with Espresso (Dairy-Free)

    Dairy-Free Golden Turmeric Latte With Espresso | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Golden Turmeric Latte with Espresso is about to become your new favorite morning pick-me-up! It’s dairy-free, packed with nutrients, and is such a fabulous alternative to your standard cup of coffee or afternoon drink!

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    While I was in Nashville, I had the most amazing Turmeric Latte with Espresso from Frothy Monkey and I knew I had to re-create it! I am so happy that I did. It’s the perfect switch up/replacement for your morning coffee or matcha.

    How do you make a golden latte?

    First step: Make that delicious golden milk!

    Dairy-Free Golden Turmeric Latte With Espresso | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Don’t forget that espresso, but it would be great without, too!

    Dairy-Free Golden Turmeric Latte With Espresso | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Top it with some frothed milk of choice, sprinkle cinnamon and ground turmeric, and enjoy!

    Dairy-Free Golden Turmeric Latte With Espresso | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    What is in a turmeric latte?

    • Turmeric
    • Spices
    • Milk of choice
    • Sweetener

    What are the benefits of golden milk?

    Turmeric provides significant anti-inflammatory effects that can benefit a wide variety of health concerns!

    What To Do in Nashville: A Foodie's Guide (Frothy Monkey)Here’s Frothy Monkey’s version they made for me. Man, they have fabulous latte art skills! GOALS.

    If you like this drink recipe, try these:

    Dairy-Free Golden Turmeric Latte with Espresso

    Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Serves 2

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 cups almond milk, additional milk for frothing
    • 2 teaspoons honey, more to taste based on your desired sweetness
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric, more for topping
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, more for topping
    • Pinch of black pepper
    • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or fresh ginger
    • 1 shot of espresso

    Directions

    1. Heat two cups of almond milk in a small saucepan over low heat.
    2. Stir in turmeric, honey, cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger if adding. Heat for about 3 minutes until warm.
    3. Remove from heat and pour into mugs of choice.
    4. Add a shot of espresso. Taste and adjust sweetener as needed!
    5. Top with frothed milk, sprinkle additional cinnamon and turmeric on top and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

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    Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Sausage Peppers and Onions | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This low-carb and keto-friendly Sausage, Peppers, and Onion, one-pan dish is made in just twenty-minutes! Such a perfect sausage and peppers recipe for any night of the week.

    How to make Sausage and PeppersSausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Did you know that peppers are at their growing season peak right now? I was over at my favorite little farm and they had a bin with the most beautiful looking peppers, so I just had to get a bunch! This dish went over big time here.

    This is the EASIEST sausage and peppers recipe! It is made in one skillet, is so flavorful, and you can use chicken sausage, pork sausage, or any sausage you like! I like to find ones with minimal added ingredients.

    Chicken Sausage and Peppers with cauliflower rice

    It is flavorful, comforting, and just plain delicious with the perfect amount of sauce. A great dish for football Sunday or those nights when you need a quick and easy meal!

    How to make Sausage and Peppers

    Sausage Peppers and Onions on a plate

    You can get creative with how you serve this dish! I love it served over roasted spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice but I bet it would be great with gluten-free pasta or spiralized veggies as well! This sausage and peppers recipe is Paleo friendly, whole30 compliant, dairy-free, grain-free, and no sugar added!

    Like this easy skillet recipe? Try these other favorite one pan meals!

    Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or just until fragrant.
    2. Add sliced onions, bell peppers, and poblano pepper to the skillet; let cook until the onion is translucent.
    3. Add cooked sausage to the large skillet with the peppers and onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    4. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and spices. Mix well.
    5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
    6. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
    7. Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta!

    Recipe Notes

    • *If you are using uncooked chicken sausage, remove the casing and cook the chicken sausage and garlic together in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is brown on both sides. This should take around 5 minutes, stirring often.
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