Turkey Carrot Chili & Pasta Confidence

Okay, so the name might not be SO inviting BUT I can guarantee this chili is satisfying, tasty, and full of lots of textures. That is something I love about chili, the variety of textures and not just chunks of meat and tomatoes. When I was little (and you can ask my mom about this) I would cry when she served chili because I hated tomatoes that much. Fast forward to now and I still do not love tomatoes but having them cut small and cooked is much better overall.

Also, I love pasta with chili chili with pasta. To make the childhood experience with chili better, she always served it with some noodles. So, this pasta paired here is perfect for someone like my inner child who still prefers pasta over chili 😉 it’s Banza pasta! Have you been following me on Instagram? I became one of Banza’s RD Ambassadors and they sent me over some noodles and recipes to try out. Thanks, Banza!

What’s so great about Banza?

Banza pasta is made from chickpeas and it’s very high in fiber and protein. Those two things alone create a filling food, but together a small portion goes a long way. Chickpea pasta might be a great option for a vegetarian, vegan, or someone who simply needs more protein / fiber but is struggling to get it in. I also think this pasta can help build pasta confidence.

Pasta confidence!?

Yep, it’s when you really love pasta but feel like it’s a food you can’t have, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. The relationship we have with food is complex, but the relationship we have with grains can be especially complex. There is a lot of nutrition noise and people who will tell you that pasta is BAD. While I’ll fight for helping people understand the need for carbohydrates/grains, I understand that encouraging you to eat a food you identify as a trigger isn’t going to work. Enter in pasta choices like Banza and it might be a way for someone to reintroduce pasta back in their life in what feels like a safer way. Okay, a little long winded but if you love chili, textures AND noodles…try the recipe below!

Turkey & Carrot Chili

Course Main Course
Keyword carrot, chili, turkey

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can kidney or white beans
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground turkey until it’s no longer pink (use a cooking pot so you can use one dish total for the chili)

  2. Chop onions and carrots (or shred the carrots) and add them to the ground turkey

  3. Add your spices and spread them over the whole amount of meat/veggies and cook for another 5 minutes

  4. Add in your tomatoes, water, and beans

  5. Mix and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy! But! Don’t forget to serve over some Banza noodles or with some fun toppings.

Recipe Notes

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What do you think? Are you needing some pasta confidence or simply some noodles to add to your chili? Can’t wait for you to try this recipe out!