Recipe: Turkey Chili

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It’s starting to finally cool off in Texas and I thought I would celebrate by cooking a fall favorite – turkey chili!  My daughter had made it at cooking class at camp and I figured she would love it(plus it would be a super quick dinner).  It took 30 minutes to make and then I let it simmer till we were ready to eat.  Not only did we have a great dinner, but there was plenty to freeze for a night I am out of town.

IMG_4387Turkey Chili


  • 2 packages ground turkey  (I use Jennie-O)
  • 2 cans(15.5 oz) Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large cans(28 oz) diced tomatoes(do not drain)
  • 1 can(6 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 packets of chili seasoning(choose your heat)
  • One small onion, diced small
  • Half of a green pepper, chopped fine


  • Cook the onions in oil until translucent.  Add peppers and cook through.
  • Add the ground turkey and cook through.
  • Remove extra oil(I use slices of bread) and add seasoning packets, kidney beans and tomatoes.
  • Let it simmer for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Serve with chopped onions, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and Fritos!


“Lazy” Lasagna…Could it be good?

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I love cooking but as a working mom, time is very valuable and very limited. I kept seeing something called Ravioli Lasagna on Pinterest and decided it was time to try it myself. I love italian food but there is a lot of effort required to make a “true” lasagna. If I analyze the time it would take, it makes a lot more sense to go out for a great Italian dinner. But for a quick dinner that I can do with my daughter, this may be perfect!

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I started with the basics…frozen ravioli, homemade meat sauce and shredded mozzarella. The directions were easy.  Sauce first(I used a new jar with no meat), then a layer of ravioli, then the meat(I used my homemade sauce with meat) and lots of shredded cheese.  Then more ravioli with just sauce and cheese on top.  Cover and bake in the oven for 50 minutes at 350.

photo 3My husband came home, saw it in the oven and immediately decided it would be terrible. I had higher hopes.  My daughter thought it would be fantastic…after all it was pasta and cheese!  The result…surprisingly good and super easy.  Next time I will use more ravioli to create a “thicker” layer of pasta and cheese but this is definitely something I will make when I need a quick dinner for the family!