Monday, January 27, 2014

Healthy Turkey Chili.

I love chili. A while back I posted my standard chili recipe. I love that chili. But I just might love this one even more. It's made with ground turkey (protein with less fat!) and adds zucchini (color, crunch, healthy vegetable!).  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • ½ small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes or 4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • small zucchinis, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 T fresh Italian parsley, chopped

Brown turkey with celery, onion, and garlic in the bottom of a Dutch oven, breaking it up with a spoon until it is mostly cooked through.  Add beans and tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in zucchini, chili powder, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Mix in fresh parsley and cook five minutes longer. Serve with fruit and bread for a complete meal.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Clover Meadow Gluten-Free Bakery.

This morning I woke up to a special treat: gluten-free cinnamon coffee cake and banana bread, made by my friend Abby, owner of Clover Meadow (Gluten-Free) Bakery.  I'm not on a gluten-free diet;  I am one of the lucky ones who can tolerate just about anything. My husband is lactose-intolerant, however, and since Abby's mixes can all be made dairy-free, I was interested to to try some Clover Meadow products.  When Abby offered, I happily accepted. And am I glad I did! Abby's baking mixes are nothing short of amazing.  The cinnamon coffee cake is moist and flavorful; the banana bread is rich and with a texture just as I would expect from a gluten-ful variety.  Everyone in my family raved about both and if I hadn't told them, would have never guessed these were gluten-free products.  Abby doesn't yet have a website - the rules are very strict about how and where she can sell her mixes - but she will. In the meantime, you can get more information by emailing Abby at You'll be glad you did!

Made from Clover Meadow Bakery Mixes:
Gluten Free Banana Bread and Coffee Cake