1 lb. of great northern beans
1 lb. lean ground turkey
2 (15-oz) cans of corn, drained
1 (10 oz) can of cream of chicken
3 tbsp garlic, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup taco seasoning
Salt, to taste
1 tbsp canola oil
Cheese (queso fresco or a Mexican cheese blend)
Sour cream (we usually do Greek yogurt)
Salad greens (we’ve used swiss chard, kale, or can just use lettuce)
Adobo chipotle peppers, chopped
Tapatio Sauce (or Tabasco)
In a large bowl, cover the beans with 3 inches of water, cover and allow to soak overnight (at least 8 hours). Drain soaked beans and transfer to a large pot, and cover beans with 3″ of water. Add the garlic and bring to a boil. Once boiling, skim off the foam off of the surface, reduce heat, and allow to simmer for about an hour, or until tender. After, add salt to taste. I usually put about 1 – 2 teaspoons, and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes longer.
In a separate pan, warm up the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until slightly translucent, then proceed to add the ground turkey. Stir the turkey and break up the meat until browned. Once that is done, add the ground turkey into the pot of white beans. Add the can of cream chicken, corn, and taco seasoning to the pot of white beans and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer lightly for about 15 minutes. Taste, and add salt if necessary.
To serve, place salad greens in the bowl, top with a big scoop of white bean and turkey chili, and add any additional toppings. I like to scoop up everything with my tortilla chips, and eat it sort of like dip-ish, but Ben likes to go without the chips.
This is my go-to when we have dinner club. It’s so easy to make for a large group, and I actually double this recipe when I make it. I’ve honestly made it so much that I’m sick of it, so when I make it, I don’t eat much. Everyone else does though, so I take that as a good sign.
Wonton Soup. My friend Helen came over and brought me some of the soup (and fresh wontons) she made. I served it for dinner twice this week, and I’m definitely going to have to make another batch for us soon.
Week of 8/11 – 8/15
Monday: Lavash Bread Pizza
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Meatballs
What’s on your dinner menu this week?
Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Herb-Filled Meatballs. I don’t normally like meatballs, but I love how these come out. I think it’s all the herbs (from our garden) that I jam pack inside. I will have the recipe to share with you soon!
Week of 8/4 – 8/8
Monday: Dinner Out
Tuesday: Taco Salad
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Meatballs (again because it’s easy to make for a bigger group)
Friday: Ceviche Night
We organized and cleaned the backyard, so hopefully we could have more family dinners out there. It’s such a shame we don’t take advantage of the cool California evenings.
1/2 cup of corn kernels
1/8 cup canola oil
1/4 cup sugar
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium to high heat. Put 3 kernels into the oil and cover the pan. When those kernels pop, add the rest of the kernels and pour the sugar on top. Place lid on top, and once you hear the popping, gently shake the pot by moving it back and forth over the heat. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT open the lid while it’s popping, because there will be hot oil and flying objects trying to escape. Once the popping slows (or you don’t hear any pops for a few seconds), remove the lid, and dump the popcorn into a large bowl to be enjoyed by all! If you want to make it savory, sprinkle some salt on top.
My best friend came over last week for some hang out and crafting time, and she’s the one who made this kettle corn. I honestly never knew it was that easy! Sounds silly, but my mind was blown. I loved it so much, we made two batches that day; one for snack time in the afternoon, and one as an after-dinner dessert for dinner club. For the first batch, we used 1/4 cup of oil, but as I was excitedly telling Ben (when I picked him up from work) how easy it is to make kettle corn, he was taken aback by the amount of oil. So for the next batch, we just used 1/8 cup and came out just as yummy. I’m not a fan of regular buttered popcorn, but kettle corn… oh yes, please!
Vietnamese Chicken Pho. This recipe is always a winner. I know it’s summer, but I was really craving this hot soup. In college, I used to love my pho loaded up with hoisin sauce, but nowadays, I love it with siracha. Even the girls love pho and Brave douses hers with siracha (I have to tell her to stop)!
Week 7/28 – 8/1
Monday: Spaghetti and Herb Filled Meatballs
Wednesday: White Bean Chili (probably again)
Friday: Sushi/pizza night
Ben and I realized typical American food isn’t our thing. Sure, we love a gourmet burger here and there, and maybe a good steak once a year, but our preference would be Asian or Mexican foods, or the fusion of both (like this and this recipe). Of course, anything that is spicy is also our fave; we also love the flavors in Indian cuisine. We are pretty adventurous when it comes to trying things, and of course Ben will always look for healthy options. Everyone is always amazed with his ability to practice self control when it comes to food. I get weak in the knees when it comes to dessert. I think eating out is also difficult because of his pickiness with the lack of healthy options out there, so we prefer to cook at home and do our own spin on restaurant favorite dishes to make them healthy.