Our Favorite Non-Spicy Chili Recipe

Source: Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

I know, I know… to some people having chili without a peppery kick is insane. Sorry! My husband has stomach issues and can’t do spicy, and after avoiding spice for his sake for so long, my stomach no longer has any tolerance for heat. Chili doesn’t have to be spicy to be tasty though, so if you like a more savory, less fiery chili, you may want to give this one a try!

This recipe started out as a Home Fresh recipe, but then I made some changes to turn it into one that we have eaten for the last 5+ years. As soon as the weather starts getting colder, without fail Travis will ask when we are having chili…

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 Poblano peppers (green peppers are an okay substitute)
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • Beef stock concentrate
  • 1 box, Crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans, Diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans, Kidney beans
  • Chili Powder, to taste
  • Cumin, to taste
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream

Step 1: Start the soup pot.

First things first, rinse your kidney beans and add them to a big soup pot. Also, add some shakes of the beef stock concentrate (maybe a tablespoon or two, use your judgement), all the various tomatoes and about a cup of water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer while you’re doing the rest of the steps.

Step 2: Cook the ground beef or turkey.

Add a little olive oil to a large pan and throw in the ground turkey. I usually stick with turkey because I can’t have a lot of red meat… and it tastes just as good, so why not?! Break the ground turkey into chunks and cook through until there is no more pink. Add the cooked turkey to the simmering soup pot. Wipe out the pan, but no need to wash it.

Step 3: Slice and Dice.

Chop your onion, mince your garlic and slice your Poblano peppers into little itty-bitty pepper squares. Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil in the pan and add the onion, peppers and garlic. Sauté until slightly softened. Then, shake on a bunch of chili powder and cumin until the veggies are nice and covered. Stir it around a bit, and then add everything into the simmering soup pan.

Step 4: Finish Up.

Go ahead and wash your pan and clean up the kitchen, letting all the ingredients simmer together as long as you’d like. A half hour is good, an hour is even better because it just gets more flavorful!

Step 5: Plate & Eat.

Serve the chili divided between bowls with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top.

I love this recipe – the flavors are so delicious and it reheats really well too for a leftover’s meal. I’ve also frozen it to thaw out later and enjoy, and it’s pretty great then too. So, I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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2020 Books: Wrap Up

After what felt like 32 months, 2020 finally came to a close. Before we fully move on to 2021, I wanted to take one last look back at the books I read in 2020.

I’ve never bothered to keep track of my reading before, but for some reason I decided to do a quick little running tally on my Instagram account. After I received a few suggestions to add the list to my blog, I made the 2020 Book List page and kept it updated through the entire year.

I borrowed a bunch of the books from the library – both in-person and the online through the Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium (Overdrive). I also used my Kindle Unlimited subscription a ton and downloaded many books from Amazon. I only ended up buying a few books, because I was too impatient for them to come available for free.

All-in-all, I ended up reading 113 books this year.

And here is an easy-peasy list of all my book-related blogs from 2020 recommending some of my favorite reads of the year:

I enjoyed keeping track of my books so much this year, that I decided to keep it going for 2021. However, I’m planning to improve on my list by also including my mini book reviews on the page to keep all the information in one place.

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My ‘Week Off’ Projects

I took the week off work between Christmas and New Years because I’ve been feeling very burnt out and really needed some time off. A full week of NO work and NO online schooling sounded like heaven. My plans were to do some home projects I’ve been putting off, read a book or two, watch a movie or two, and keep up with my Peloton workouts.

We also knocked out a few doctor’s appointments – dentist appointments for me and Jack, and then a dermatologist appointment for me and a pediatrician appointment for Jack. I mean, we are LIVING LIFE over here. But really, when you have time off as a working parent, you need to get as much done as possible!

Week Off Project 1: Organizing the linen closet

Our linen closet is a catch-all for everything from extra items, towels, light bulbs and paper products. As we go through life, it gets more and more messy… until I finally take a couple hours to rip it apart. For my first project of the week, I went through all our medicine and threw out all the expired products and re-arranged everything so that it fit without attacking you when you opened the door. I also used some boxes that I saved from the recycle bin to better organize everything for free. This whole project probably took an hour or so.

Week Off Project 2: Organizing office crafts/art miscellaneous

Here’s another spot in my house that needed some attention. This organizer shelf contains a ton of different art/craft project supplies, extra office supplies, books and candles. I had thrifted some decorative boxes a while ago, so I spent some time sorting through everything, putting it into boxes with like items, and labeling everything. The entire square full of extra notebooks is a good reminder that I don’t need to buy anymore this year.

Week Off Project 3: Take down and rehang my gallery wall

I had a gallery wall in our living room that had been driving me nutty for years. There were too many frames and they often would be knocked off center… so everything just looked crooked to me all the time. I took every single frame down off the wall, filled the nail holes and then picked just a few frames to go back up. I was also planning to repaint the filled holes… until I found that the touch up paint was fully expired – it was clumpy and discolored and totally useless. Luckily the new frames covered most of the filled holes and the others are barely noticeable. So I’ll have to be okay with it until I decide to repaint the entire living room.

You can click through here to see the before, during and after:

Also, I found this photo hanging kit at Home Depot that keeps each photo frame perfectly straight and it’s a life changer! It’s the PicGenie123 kit and they are super easy to install and then keep everything from moving once they are up on the wall. I love, love, love them and will definitely be using these elsewhere in the house!

Week Off Project 4: Organizing the stockroom

Yup, more organizing. This time I attacked our stockroom areas in our laundry room. This is the overflow area for food that won’t fit in our pantry. Once again, as life happens this area gets super messy as we just throw stuff on there when putting the groceries away. I took about 20 minutes and pulled everything off and rearranged everything. Now, I can see exactly what I have and won’t accidentally buy 2 more packs of cookies when I still have 3 on the shelf.

I’m so glad I finally had the time and energy to attack these organizing projects. Not only did it make me feel good to check some projects off my list. But I feel like I get to start 2021 with a clean(er) slate!

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