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

Did you make this recipe? Tag me Instagram @The_Beer_Dietitian

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!

One Pot Dinner: Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili

Happy What’s for Dinner Wednesday! Just wanted to drop this ah-mazingly delicious chili that we (Steve and I) made up not too long ago. Why should you make it? I’ll tell you!

  • Sweet potatoes are delicious and will give you some extra vitamin A for the day
  • Corn is not a “bad” food, it’s tasty and adds more color & texture
  • Turkey is lower in saturated fat than ground beef but also high in protein – very filling
  • Chili warms your soul and is comforting when the weather gets colder

I’ve been talking a lot lately about the need to transition yourself for the change of seasons. Many of us start being less active and eating differently this time of year which could result in undesired weight changes. If you’ve struggled with staying active or eating healthy foods in the cold, make sure you’re thinking ahead to foods and activities that warm you up. For example, if you’re not going to walk at night now because it’s too cold, maybe you could walk the track at a school or local gym with a friend. Instead of cold cut baby carrots for a snack, roast a pound of them and sprinkle them with your favorite seasonings. Just my thoughts 🙂 let’s get that chili recipe to you!

One Pot: Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili

A savory dish that you can doctor up yourself with your favorite toppings

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 14.5 oz can of corn (I choose low sodium)
  • 1 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can of black beans (I again chose low sodium)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled & chopped
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 dash salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Grab your soup pot! Cook your ground turkey over medium-high heat with your onion and spices.

  2. Drain and rinse your canned corn and black beans. 

  3. Peel & chop your sweet potatoes

  4. Put everything into your body and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Enjoy with crackers, tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream or plain yogurt, over noodles, or just with a spoon!

Did you make this recipe? Tag @The_Beer_RD on Instagram and hashtag it #theBeerRD

 

Cheers!