Healthy and hearty chili

Ok, not really… it’s still shorts and tank weather.


But it’s always a good day for a huge bowl of chili and chips.

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Yesterday afternoon, Livi and I didn’t have anything going on, and I figured the weather was too nice to stay inside. We called Kyle and Meg to see what they were up to, and decided to meet up for a stroll at La Encantada.


Somehow we always make it to look at the puppies and play in the toy store ?


(Uncle Kyle teaching Liv to scramble eggs)

La Encantada is one of the Tucson spots I’ll miss when we move. The stores aren’t extremely unique  -ok, the lululemon is pretty incredible- but I love walking around since it’s well-shaded, and it’s pet-friendly. There are dog water bowls everywhere! We had a blast hanging out with Kyle and Meg, Livi showed them her latest moves (she likes to hula and flamenco) and we came home to a slow cooker of chili to enjoy for dinner.

You know it’s going to be good when you can smell it driving into the garage.

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The version was one of those “throw everything in the slow cooker and pray it works” kinda party, and thankfully, it came out so well! Chili is a forgiving food as it is, but I especially loved the addition of sweet potato and zucchini in this one.

In the slow cooker:

-1 lb browned ground turkey meat (browned with worcestershire, garlic, salt and pepper), two sweet potatoes, two zucchini, one shallot, one can of fire-roasted tomatoes, one can of tomato paste, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, 2 bay leaves, and about 2 cups of water.

Cooked on low for about 4 hours and perfect with some Daiya, plain goat yogurt, avocado and chives.

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Comfort food at its best! Another fave recipe is this one.

Do you have a classic chili recipe? What’s your favorite comfort food?

Hope you’re having a great night!


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