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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Loaded Chicken Salad: Four Ways

Loaded Chicken Salad: Four Ways | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Loaded Chicken Salad Four Ways makes for the perfect customizable lunch! Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long in sandwiches, as a back-to-school snack on celery sticks, in a lettuce wrap, or in a salad! Made in partnership with Nuts.com!

Loaded Chicken Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Chicken Salad is filled with some of my favorite lunch flavors:

Perfectly seasoned baked (or boiled) chicken

Fresh chopped scallions

Crisp red grapes

Sweet royal raisins

Chopped walnuts, or nuts of choice

& crispy, smoky bacon

It seriously doesn’t get much better than that!

Loaded Chicken Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Nuts.com to bring you today’s recipe. This chicken salad is packed with nuts of choice, and my favorite, royal raisins! I simply can’t get over how customizable and delicious this lunch recipe is.

Loaded Chicken Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Looking for a great back-to-school snack for when the kiddos get home? Serve this on celery sticks for a protein-packed snack.

Loaded Chicken Salad Celery Logs | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

If you are looking for a low-carb Whole30 compliant lunch option, make it a lettuce wrap!

Loaded Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Are you more of a salad person? Create a salad with this Chicken Salad by serving it over greens with your favorite salad fixings!

Loaded Chicken Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

More of a sandwich person? Add this to your favorite bread with some extra add-ins such as tomatoes and avocado for an ultimate protein packed sandwich to keep you full and energized all day long!

Loaded Chicken Salad Sandwich | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Loaded Chicken Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Serves 4

Ingredients

    Chicken Salad

    • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
    • 1/4 cup red grapes, sliced
    • 1/4 cup royal raisins, roughly chopped
    • 1/4 cup walnuts, or another nut of choice
    • 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 red onion, diced
    • 1/3 cup good quality mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, more to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
    • optional: 1/4 cup bacon, roughly chopped

    Chicken Salad Celery Sticks

    • 12 celery ribs, cleaned and sliced in half or thirds depending on size

    Chicken Salad Sandwich

    Lettuce Wraps

    Chicken Salad Over Salad

    Directions

    1. Place all of the chicken salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
    2. Mix until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning, mayonnaise, and dijon mustard as needed.
    3. Serve as celery sticks, in a lettuce wrap, on top of a salad, or as a sandwich!

    Recipe Notes

    *Store in your refrigerator for 3-5 days!

    *You can sub the mayo for 1/3 cup Greek yogurt if desired!

     

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    This post is sponsored by Nuts.com. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

    Cooking for Others: A Guide to Home-Cooked Meals & Meal Train Ideas

    I recently shared a few ideas about cooking for others (aka home-cooked meals and meal train ideas) and so many of you were looking for more ideas, had ideas to share, and were interested in seeing a guide about it and how I usually go about it!

    Cooking for Others: A Guide to Home-Cooked Meals & Meal Train Ideas - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I am really excited to share this post with you today because I truly think it is a useful tool and resource and filled with great recipes that will help you, help those in need! I’ve been cooking a lot lately for various families so before I jump into the recipes, here are a few tips I’ve gathered.

    A few notes about delivering meals:

    • Dietary Restrictions: Always inquire about dietary restrictions before planning the meal! What do the kids hate? What are you hoping to get the kids to eat more of? Does everyone eat meat? Etc.
    • Delivery Time: Text/email/call the coordinator or the family to find out the best time to deliver dinner. Keep in mind that the family is dealing with an important issue (either good in the case of a new baby, or difficult in the case of illness) and may not want to visit with friends, so plan on dropping off on the porch.
    • Disposable Containers: I alway use disposable food containers/trays so the family doesn’t have to clean dishes for me to pick back up!
    • Make it Extra Special: If I have time and depending on the situation, I’ll add chocolates, wine, flowers, or something extra special. If the occasion is a newborn baby, something special for the big brother or sister, like a coloring book, stamps, stickers, or a little game is always a great idea to make them feel extra special. If  I know the person and am in communication with them, I’ll ask them if they need any groceries on my way (milk, etc.)
    • No time to cook? Look into local meal delivery services or restaurants and have a meal delivered! Chip in with friends and figure out a schedule that works.

    P.S. Don’t know what a meal train is? Mealtrain.com is a crowdsourcing platform that helps organize home-made meal giving for a friend around a birth, surgery or illness also known as a Meal Train! It’s essentially just a website that helps you organize the process and allows people to sign up for different days, etc.

    Breakfast:

    1. Granola
    2. Cut Up Fresh Fruit & Yogurt
    3. Frozen Smoothie Packs: Place smoothie ingredients for one serving in freezer-friendly Ziploc bags, label with an expiration date (about 6 months for frozen fruit), and store in the freezer until ready to use!
    4. Freezer Waffles: Pumpkin Waffles, Double Chocolate Banana Waffles, or the Best Ever Waffles in my Cookbook
    5. Freezer-Friendly Pancakes
    6. Frittata: Potato Leek and Chard Frittata, Sweet Potato BLT Frittata
    7. Quiche
    8. French Toast Cups
    9. Breakfast Burritos (freezer-friendly)
    10. Breakfast Parfaits in Mini Mason Jars
    11. Muffins: Cinnamon Bun, Banana Berry, Pumpkin Sticky Bun Muffins, Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins, Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins
    12. Breakfast Cookies
    13. On-The-Go Baked Egg Nests

    Main Meals: Lunches & Dinners

    1. Freezer Burritos
    2. Pasta Dishes: Pesto Pasta Salad, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Sausage and Veggie Pasta, Mac and Cheese
    3. A Protein: Grilled Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Fish
    4. Meatballs: Thai Meatballs, Loaded Turkey Meatballs, Nanny’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs
    5. A batch of soup: Chicken and Kale SoupTurkey Chili, Game Day White Chicken Chili, Healthy Broccoli Soup, Green Chili Vegetable Soup, Feel Good Veggie Soup, Classic Chicken Soup, Butternut Squash Curry Soup, Tomato Basil Soup (with grilled cheese), Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (and send a loaf of bread)
    6. Chicken Nuggets: Zesty Chicken Bites, Pecan Popcorn Chicken
    7. Sheet Pan Dinners: Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken, Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies
    8. One Pan Meals: Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice, One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken & Cauliflower, One-Pan Fiesta Chicken
    9. DIY Taco Bar or Taco Salads
    10. Casseroles: Spaghetti Squash BakeCreamy Pumpkin Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole
    11. Slow Cooker Dishes: Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Thai Curry Chicken, Beef Barbacoa, Carne Asada, Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar
    12. Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
    13. Mason Jar Salads
    14. DIY Lunch Pinwheels
    15. Loaded Egg Salad
    16. Copy-Cat Chipotle Burrito Bowls
    17. Stir Fry
    18. Pre-Made & Wrapped Sandwiches
    19. A Tray of Lasagna

    Side Dishes

    1. Tray of Roasted Vegetables: Maple Roasted Brussels SproutsSpiced Roasted Cauliflower, Perfect Roasted Veggies, Garlic Roasted Vegetables
    2. Salads: Arugula Salad with Mint Chia DressingSteak Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette, Grilled Caesar Salad
    3. Mexican Street Corn Salad
    4. Israeli Salad
    5. Pasta Salads: Antipasto Pasta SaladBLT Pasta SaladCold Asian Noodle Salad
    6. Sweet Potato Fries, Zucchini Fries, Eggplant Friesor Regular Fries
    7. Instant Pot Risotto
    8. Beet Slaw
    9. Greek 3-Bean Salad
    10. Potato Latkes (makes a lot)
    11. Mediterranean Fritters (makes a lot)

    Snacks/Treats

    1. Cut up Veggies & Hummus or Other Dip: Tzatziki Sauce, Spanish Eggplant Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip
    2. Mini Meatloaves 
    3. Chips & Salsa
    4. Salad Roll-Ups
    5. Trail Mix (make a homemade blend of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, and chocolate chunks)
    6. Granola Bars
    7. No-Bake Energy Balls: Nut-Free Powerbites, Mint Chip Bites, Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites
    8. Cookies: Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut CookiesChocolate Chip Cookies, Chai Cookie BarsOatmeal Raisin Cookies
    9. Secret Ingredient Brownies (send a pint of ice cream, too)
    10. Cupcakes
    11. Chocolate Dessert Cups + Fresh Fruit
    12. Bowl of Fruit (pre-cut)

    Misc.

    1. Cold Brew Ice Coffee
    2. A Pitcher of Iced Tea
    3. A Pitcher of Lemonade
    4. Chia Seed Jam
    5. Paleo Sandwich Bread or a Loaf of Bread
    6. DIY Chicken Rub
    7. Wine
    8. Chocolate
    9. Flowers
    10. Fresh Milk (or other groceries)
    11. Non food related: Chip in with friends and hiring a cleaning service!

    Have other ideas? Leave them in the comments below!

    Sweet Potato Tuna Melts

    These Sweet Potato Tuna Melts are a delicious and protein packed lunch! Eat them right away or pack they away for an on-the-go meal. I love how customizable they are. Top with avocado, tomatoes, onions, or any vegetables or herbs you have on hand!

    Sweet Potato Tuna Melts

    Sweet Potato Tuna Melts

    I am so excited to partner with my friends at Genova Seafood to bring you today’s recipe! Simple toss all of the tuna salad ingredients in a bowl, place on top of roasted sweet potato buns, top with your favorite toppings, and devour!

    Sweet Potato Tuna Melts

    This sweet potato tuna bar is such a great idea for game-day entertaining or as a way for your kiddos to have some fun in the kitchen building their own sandwiches!

    Sweet Potato Tuna Melts

     

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    Sweet Potato Tuna Melts

    Want to know something cool?  Genova has started a program called Digital Traceability and it’s pretty awesome. Genova customers simply enter the 10- to 15-digit number located on the bottom of their Yellowfin and Albacore tuna to receive answers to six specific questions:

    1. What is My Tuna? Visitors are given an initial description of their tuna or other seafood species.

    2. Where Was My Tuna Caught? These results include a world map showing the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Area where the tuna or other seafood was caught, and a link to a species-specific stock status report from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)

    3. What Fishing Method Was Used? This section includes both the fishing method and vessel size.

    4. What Fishing Vessel Caught My Tuna? This information includes fishing vessel name, nation of registry and fishing trip start and end dates.

    5. Where was My Tuna Processed and Canned? The can code indicates where the seafood was processed and canned, which may not necessarily be where it was caught. The processing method is subject to Genova’s strict compliance requirements andstringent Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct.

    6. How Does Genova Support Sustainability?

    I love working with companies who are doing their part to show us where our food is coming from!

    This post is sponsored by Genova Seafood. All opinions are always my own!

    What is your favorite way to eat tuna?

    Chicken Buddha Bowl with Spicy Mango Sauce

    Throw together this flavorful Chicken Buddha Bowl with Spicy Mango Sauce packed with spicy broccoli, roasted sweet potato, avocado, and MORE. Top it with this light spicy mango sauce for a perfect and hearty lunch or dinner.

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    I’m obsessed with meals in bowls right now! Something about it just speaks to me. This month with my blogging girlies, we’re bringing you 4 healthy meals to eat in BOWLS and I’m so excited about it.

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    Broccoli Avocado Tuna Bowl from Eating Bird Food

    Put that can of tuna in your pantry to good use with this inexpensive, easy and flavorful Broccoli Avocado Tuna Bowl recipe.

    DIY Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl from Food Faith Fitness

    Make your own healthy, gluten free and paleo-friendly Chipotle Burrito Bowl at home with this quick and easy, 30 minute recipe! It’s perfect for busy weeknights and under 450 calories!

    Strawberry Coconut Polenta Breakfast Bowls from Running to the Kitchen

    These protein packed polenta breakfast bowls are made with creamy coconut milk and filled with juicy ripe spring strawberries for a sweet start to the day.


    Now, my Chicken Buddha Bowl with Spicy Mango Sauce.

    What exactly is a Buddha bowl, you may ask?

    Generally, it’s a combination of: Grains, Protein, Veggies, and Toppings/Dressing. I swapped out the grains for spinach and kale, but this bowl is awesome with some cooked white rice, too!

    I love it because it’s customizable to what you have on hand, and absolutely anything and everything is awesome with this Spicy Mango Sauce on top!

    If you have a rotisserie chicken made, chop it up and use that. Have no chicken made? Dice, marinade, and cook in a skillet. The options are endless and all results in a delicious and nutritious meal.

    Chicken Buddha Bowl with Spicy Mango Sauce

    Chicken Buddha Bowl with Spicy Mango Sauce

    Roasted Chicken Buddha Bowls with Spicy Mango Sauce

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:45 Yields 2

    Ingredients

      Mango Dressing

      Buddha Bowl

      • 1 cup roasted sweet potato or sweet potato and purple potato combination
      • 1 1/2 cup spicy roasted broccoli
      • 1 1/2 cups roasted chicken (slow-cooker, skillet cooked, or rotisserie)
      • 1 cup baby spinach or chopped kale
      • 1 avocado, sliced
      • 1 mango, cubed
      • Optional: 1 cup cooked rice

      Roasted Potatoes

      Spicy Roasted Broccoli

      Directions

      1. Preheat your oven to 400°F
      2. In a high-speed blender, blend Mango Sauce ingredients and set aside.
      3. On two lined baking sheets, toss sweet potatoes with oil and salt on one, and broccoli with olive oil and sauce on the other. Roast for 45 minutes until fork tender. When done, toss broccoli with chili paste.
      4. Place 1/2 cup of greens in each bowl and rice if adding.
      5. Top with roasted potatoes, avocado, chicken, mango, and drizzle or toss with sauce.
      6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

      Recipe Notes

      • Adjust the amount of potatoes, broccoli, mango, and avocado to your desired amount!
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      How to Build The Ultimate Salad

      Spring is HERE, and whether it’s warming up or still cold in your neck of the woods, it gives us hope of warmer days, sun shining, sunglasses, and short sleeves; does it not? Ah man, that sounds good!

      What better way to kick of the first days of Spring than with the ultimate salad guide from American Express and me? I’ve been all about my chopped salads lately and now have a method to the madness.

      Choose a base: Leafy Greens

      Add your favorite Veggies & Fruits

      Don’t forget some Healthy Fats

      Add your source of Protein

      Top it off with some Crunch and Flavorful Additions

      Dress the salad and enjoy!

      See, you simply need all of these things: A leafy green of course, your protein, veggies, fruit, something crunchy, flavor additions, and of course, a delicious dressing!

      How To Build The Ultimate Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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      How To Build The Ultimate Salad

      Ingredients

      • Leafy Greens: 1-2 cups
      • Kale
      • Spinach
      • Mixed Greens
      • Lettuce
      • Romaine
      • Arugula

      Fruits and Veggies

      • Avocado (healthy fats)
      • Tomato
      • Red Onion
      • Caramelized onion
      • Cucumber
      • Carrots
      • Green Onion
      • Grilled Eggplant
      • Peppers
      • Mushrooms
      • Broccoli
      • Beets
      • Roasted Red Peppers
      • Artichokes
      • Sweet Potatoes
      • Butternut Squash
      • Apples
      • Pear
      • Strawberries
      • Blueberries
      • Oranges
      • Pineapple
      • Grapes

      Flavor Add-Ons & Crunchy Additions

      • Raisins
      • Dried Cranberries
      • Bacon
      • Raw Nuts (healthy fats)
      • Candied Nuts (healthy fats)
      • Seeds (healthy fats)
      • Tortilla Chips
      • Cheese
      • Beans: chickpeas, black beans, edemame

      Proteins

      • Steak
      • Shrimp
      • Wild Salmon
      • Organic Chicken
      • Hard-Boiled Eggs

      Dressing

      • Oil (olive, avocado, walnut) & Vinegar (Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar)
      • Salsa
      • Ginger Dressing
      • Lemon Vinaigrette
      • Strawberry Dressing

      Directions

    • Choose a base
    • Add your favorite veggies & fruits
    • Don't forget some healthy fats
    • Add your source of protein
    • Top it off with some crunch and flavorful additions
    • Dress the salad and enjoy!
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