Friday, June 22, 2012

Anniversary Chili and week 1 recap of new workout plan

Today is my 5 year wedding anniversaryJ Today’s recipe is one of my husband’s favorites and it is a good time-crunch crockpot recipe. I promise I do cook, but alas I’m putting in some over time at the pharmacy tonight so crockpot anniversary chili it is!
When we were still friends in undergrad my husband, Rich, invited me over for some of his special “chili.” I made a batch of corn bread and headed over to his college apartment.  Rich’s chili consisted of fried cut up hot dogs, a couple cans of Hormel chili, and the Lord knows what else. I smiled and said “This looks great,” and forced myself a couple of spoonfuls. I only ate half the bowl and told the poor guy I was stuffed.  Come on you wouldn’t be honest either?! I only admitted how awful this concoction was after we were married and we still laugh about it. Today’s recipe is a far cry from my beau’s and its gluten free and clean. Enjoy!

Anniversary Chili

2 tsp cumin
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp  dried coriander powder
1TBS cacao powder
1TBS turbinado sugar
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ onion chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1.25 lbs lean ground turkey
1TBS olive oil
2 cups of cooked beans ( black/red/kidney/ chick peas- I sometimes use a variety together)
26 ounce Pomi strained tomatoes or 24 oz Flora strained tomatoes (BPA free/Gluten Free)
1.       Heat oil in skillet. Add turkey, garlic, and onion.  Sauté until turkey is cooked through. Then place in crock-pot.
2.       Add all remaining ingredients into crock pot and give it a good stir. Be careful not to spillJ
3.       Cook on low setting 8 hours.
4.       We top ours with a dollop of low fat greek yogurt with a sprinkling of cumin and chopped avocado.

Workout Blip Update

As of today following my Bikini plan designed by the get in shape girl I am down 3lbs! I have more energy, am sleeping like a baby, and have kicked that bloated water logged feeling. 
This week I was forced to try new dynamic stretching and warming up along with cool down stretching. I always rush through my workouts and loved how I was forced to slow down and enjoy the whole work out process from start to finish. I’ve upped my cardio training.  To be honest I hate gym cardio machines with a passion. I much prefer spin classes or running in the beautiful Florida sunshine. I did stick to my cardio program 80%; I skipped a 30 minute max 70%Hr session and my step mill workout ( I have a huge fear of those machines and my knee flared up within a minute of being on the darn thing.)
All in all this week took planning and prepping and the help of a loving spouse, but I made it through despite having to close the pharmacy 4 nights this week and working some overtime.  Keep strong and carry on! I included my picture (gotta love gym locker room shots) from this morning. Please ignore the not so great hair.

1 comment:

  1. I made your Chili today Brooklynn and it turned out fantastic. I did cheat a little by using ground beef instead of turkey and also topped it with cheese instead of yogurt/avocado (just one of those days where I needed some extra calories). Otherwise, I followed the recipe very close and it turned out very delicious. Thanks for sharing and I will be checking out some of your other recipes too as I always enjoy a good meal, especially a healthy one.