My favorite thing to eat on a frigid day is a warm bowl of chili.
This week has been chilly in Kodiak. I’ve been wearing my thickest jacket, gloves and earmuffs or a beanie everywhere I go. I have no shame in accessorizing my workout gear with a parka, uggs and anything that can keep my head warm.
Unlike most of Alaska right now, we’re no longer covered in snow. Kodiak has more Pacific-Northwest type weather than Alaskan, so we normally get more rain than snow. But it’s ALWAYS cold.
Lately we’ve had unusual weather for the winter. It’s actually been sunny for almost two weeks! CRAZY! When we found out we were moving here Matt and I would constantly look at the weather and it was ALWAYS raining. Everyone warned me that you wouldn’t see the sun after October. We’ve been pretty lucky so far, and the winter hasn’t been terrible. The lack of sun has been hard to get used to, but luckily we’re gaining a few minutes of sunlight each day. Right now sunrise is around 9:50-ish in the morning and sunset is around 4:45 in the afternoon. Waking up at 7am and it still being pitch black outside has definitely been hard to get used to. Luckily these yummy Berry-Banana smoothie bowls HERE have helped make my mornings easier.
Since we’ve had such beautiful weather this week we’ve taken advantage of it when we can. There’s a park in our neighborhood that Madison LOVES going to. We bought her a little red wagon for Christmas that she is obsessed with taking rides in. The walk is short, so we’ll just let her ride in her wagon. She’ll laugh, wave at people she sees and every now and then throw her hands up and go “weeeeeee”. Actually she’s just kinda yelling with it, but we know what she means. 😉
We’ll also bring our yellow labs, Riley and Lena, to the park with us. Lena is almost 12, so I was surprised at how much she enjoyed going to the park. Riley will even go down the slides with us. Lena is more of an observer, but is always waiting for us at the end of the slide for hugs from Madison.
You know what’s amazing after a chilly day outside?? A warm bowl of chili. I LOVE chili on cold days. Do you know what I love even more? My crockpot that does all the hard work for me! Seriously, whoever invented the crockpot is my hero. I’m a lazy cook, so when I have something that does all the hard work AND makes it taste delicious, it’s a win in my book.
Matt and I both love chili. He likes his a little spicy and I prefer it with turkey over beef. I use turkey because it’s much leaner than beef and because I honestly just like the taste better. The flavor of the turkey, beans, rotel tomatoes and herbs/spices together is DIVINE. There’s enough of a kick to make you need a glass of water nearby. If you don’t want the little kick, just don’t add the cayenne pepper. My husband is not the type to go for healthier options, so the fact that he doesn’t complain over this Spicy Turkey Chili means it is GOOD.
The best part is how simple this recipe is. Brown the turkey in a frying pan, drain excess fat/grease and add to crockpot. Add herbs and spices, rotel tomatoes and beans. Mix together until all ingredients are well blended. Last, mix in tomato paste. Set crockpot on low for 8 hours or high for 4.
When the crockpot is cooking it makes the whole house smell amazing. The hardest part about all of this is waiting until my husband gets home to eat. This is the perfect chilly day recipe to warm your soul and your stomach!
Easy Crockpot Turkey Chili
Warm up your taste buds with this delicious Crockpot Turkey Chili recipe, It's a healthy, high fiber and high protein recipe with a little kick of spice!