Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

Um, yum…

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

This dish is on the list of new favorites.  I made it after seeing that Erin and Alan had made this dish and hearing them rave about it on Instagram… I just had to try it.

It was the perfect chili for me because it doesn’t have any beans.  In most recipes, I just leave them out… but this recipe was bean-less by design!  Perfect!  And, the idea of putting sweet potatoes in the chili… it’s GENIUS!  It makes the dish even more hearty than your average chili and more comforting on a cold day.

I loved it so much, I made a SECOND batch this weekend as part of my weekly food prep..

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

And, I’ve got FOUR MORE SERVINGS to eat this week!  So excited!  Here’s how you can make yours…

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

From Skinnytaste

Serves 5

INGREDIENTS

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

20 oz 93% lean ground turkey

kosher salt, to taste

1/2 cup onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

10 oz. can Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies

8 oz. can tomato sauce

3/4 cup water

1/2 tsp. cumin, or to taste

1/4 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. paprika

cayenne pepper (optional)

1 bay leaf

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  In a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

2.  When meat is browned and cooked, remove to a food processor and pulse until the meat is finely ground.  Return it to the skillet.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Season meat with a sprinkle of cumin and salt.  Add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf.  Add a shake of cayenne pepper, more if desired, to kick up the heat.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup more water if needed.  Note:  I added the water the first time I made this chili, but not the 2nd.  Do what you think… 

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Remove bay leaf and serve.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1 cup serving:

CAL 235; CARB 14g; FAT 8g; PROT 23g; FIB 2g; WW Points Plus: 6

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Accessory Love: Fierce Forward

I’ve had an accessory obsession for a long time.

Fall Cleaning: Accessories and Whatnot

I think I picked this up from my grandfather.  He always loved jewelry and loved to buy the ladies little pretty trinkets, including his favorite (and only) granddaughter.

AND… as the weight began to pack on.  Truthfully, accessories were my favorite things to shop for.  After all, I could walk into a store like Express with friends and still find SOMETHING that fit.  Necklaces, scarves, cute shoes, hats… these come in a one-size-fits-most type sizing that made me gravitate in that direction.

Nonetheless, it’s helped me acquire quite the collection.  And, old habits die hard… I do still adore accessories, especially since there are some ADORABLE ones out there!

The accessory I share today is one I didn’t expect to find.  After all, how often do you expect to run into fabulous jewels at a fitness blogging conference?  Well, truth be told, I didn’t find the jewelry there… but I met the artist at FitSocial.. and I’m so glad I did!

Meet Ashley – Fierce Forward

I don’t know HOW I didn’t get a picture with Ashley during FitSocial, but somehow I didn’t… so I am “borrowing” this picture from the fabulous Caroline (AKA The Trendy Trainer.)

Ashley and Caroline | No Thanks to Cake

Photo Credit: The Trendy Trainer

When you spend the weekend with bloggers, you connect quickly… and that’s how I felt with these two!  While they both live across the country, it’s so nice to keep in touch via social media and their blogs.  I totally recommend you check out Ashley and Caroline‘s blogs… amazing!!!!

When I was poking around on Ashley’s blog – Fierce Forward For Life, I was immediately impressed by her powerful and inspiring brand.  When I found out that she had a Fierce Forward Etsy store and that she was selling intention bracelets made from colorful Fair Trade beads, I was even more excited!  Especially because, her bracelets are just GORGEOUS  and are inspired by the most BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES.

Here’s a few that caught my eye…

Focus Fierce Forward | No Thanks to Cake

Photo Credit: Fierce Forward

Committed Fierce Forward | No Thanks to Cake

Photo Credit: Fierce Forward

Honestly, I loved them ALL, especially because of the words that come with them.  Whether you’re looking to have FOCUS, to stay COMMITTED, or to just BE.  These bracelets can be your inspiration and remind you just how LIMITLESS you are.

After a few minutes on the site, I knew exactly which one I wanted…  and I loved the cute packaging it arrived in.  Check out adorable Ashley on the outside of the packaging!

Passion Bracelet Fierce Forward | No Thanks to Cake

And, what I found inside was even more exciting!

Passion Bracelet Fierce Forward | No Thanks to Cake

My bracelet reads PASSION.  Passion is something I’m truly exploring these days, and something I keep at the center of my focus.  I can’t let the small stuff cloud my vision… and I have to let my passion drive my future.  This little bracelet reminds me of this every day.

The card enclosed with my bracelet screams what I’m trying to accomplish… all created by the lovely Ashley.

Passion Bracelet Fierce Forward | No Thanks to Cake

Sometimes I need to remember that this is “the stuff (my) dreams are made of” and that “Passion brings (me) full circle to what (my) heart desires, to who (I am).”  I love everything about this… 

I’ve worn my bracelet every day since it’s arrived.  Some days it matches my outfit, some days it doesn’t.  Every day though, it matches my intention and reminds me to let my passion lead me.  

So often I receive comments, tweets, or email asking me how to get started on a weight loss journey or how to stay on track and focused.  If you need a reminder of why you are doing what you are doing, maybe (just maybe) a beautiful bracelet reminder will help you too.

To buy your own Fierce Forward Intention bracelet, click here and tell Ashley NTTC sent you!

Which Fierce Forward bracelet matches your intention:  

Focus, Passion, Be, Do, Run, Faith, Fun, Purpose, Growth, Commitment, Grounded, or Strength?

Note:  This is not a sponsored post.  Instead, I’m just writing about a lovely product I’ve found that I adore.  xoxo

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NTTC Updates: Blog Awards and Whatnot

Fun updates for you guys this week… NTTC has been showed up in new places around the internet last week and I thought I’d share the details with you on this fabulous Monday morning!

Named to Health Express UK’s Top 20 Weight Loss Blogs

I’m completely flattered to have been added to this list of bloggers, committed to losing weight, getting healthy, and inspiring others to do the same!

Weight Loss Blog Badge

Check out the site to review the other blogs that they have named to this awesome list.  Thanks, Health Express!

Blog of the Week on Waits and Measurements

My grade school friend Shannon has been blogging over at Waits and Measurements for the past year, and shares stories of her journey to be a healthier version of her fabulous self.  She recently started a “Blog of the Week” feature, and she included my little blog this week as her featured blog!

Swing over to Shannon’s blog to check out this feature as well as all of her other fabulous posts.  She’s got a great story to tell!

What do you have to celebrate on this amazing Monday morning?

 

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A Few Fun New Things for Friday

Hi Dears!

I’m am officially at Fitbloggin!  While I’m sweating it out and getting a little “fitspiration,” I thought I’d share with you guys a few fun things I’ve come across that you might enjoy.

New App: Om Finder by Lululemon

I adore this app!  It’s available for Apple devices, and it helps you find your OM!  I can’t even tell you how much I love this app, as it compiles all the schedules at all the studios near you.

For me, I am surrounded by quite a few… and it’s nice to be able to compare classes and find the right one that suits my mood.

I also love that I can open the app anywhere that I might be and find a class… easy peazy!  Maybe I’ll use it in Portland!

New Blog Love:  

Mrs. Fatass, Project UnFluff, and Nosh My Way

To get ready for Fitbloggin this week, I’ve been trying to read more blogs… oh, I already read so many, it’s hard to add new ones!!!  Here’s a few new ones that I LOVE that I think you might enjoy!  Click on the banners below to be transported to these ladies’ blogs… hoping I’ll have met them by the end of the weekend!

New Laughing Cow Pairing: 34 Degree Crackers

Ever since I got that fantastic box from Laughing Cow Cheese a few weeks back, I feel like my wedged cheese intake has increased significantly!  And, I’ve found my new favorite pairing… Laughing Cow + 34 Degree Crackers!  I can enjoy 9 thin and crunchy crackers for just 50 calories (with Laughing Cow for 85 calories!)  Check them out here!

New Candy Love: Werther’s Originals Sugar-Free Candies

I got a HUGE box of Werther’s Originals Sugar Free Candy a few weeks ago… and I’ve been snacking on them ever since!

These little 8-calorie candies come in a multitude of flavors – - Caramel, Caramel Coffee, Caramel Apple, and Caramel Cinnamon!  I’ve been sharing these with my co-workers and they’re a really nice  treat when you’re craving something sweet, but can’t afford the calories associated with dessert.

My favorite flavor was the Caramel Coffee, but my coworkers went crazy over the Caramel Apple!  Try them all!  So delish!

New Book:  Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

My friend Donna sent me home from Montelucia with a copy of this book – Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, and I finally have time to read it.  And, I’m loving it!  Pick it up… you won’t be sorry!

It is a little weird reading a REAL book after reading eBooks for the past few years…

Updated Recipe: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

I know… I’ve already posted this recipe, but I’ve recently downsized it to make it more NTTC-friendly.  Click on the picture below to see the new measurements.  It’s the perfect portion, without sacrificing any of the flavor!

PS… It’s also my new daily breakfast.  I never thought I’d be this girl, but they’re REALLY good!

What are you loving these days?

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