sorry tuesday ten took a break this week! i was busy being sick and of course... voting! hope you guys did too!!
well my turkey chili is officially meal # five. which means i am one step closer to completing my resolution of twelve meals for the mister. i do have to remember i still have seven meals left, and honestly half of the battle is figuring out what those will be. as always if you guys have any recipes that your families ♥ please send them my way.
grocery shopping was the probably the hardest part of this dinner ~ mainly because it was a lot of vegetables. something i am not a fan of and i have never ever in my life shopped for them solo. i know i am a little spoiled because the mister does most of the grocery shopping since he cooks the majority of the time. when we do go together, i usually wander to the bakery section while he picks out any veggies he wants so i was a newbie doing it on my own.
that being said this recipe called for:
vegetable oil ~ thankfully we already had this at home.
ground turkey ~ easy to find, we watch the biggest loser so i just looked for that logo on the jenny-o. ♥
taco seasoning ~ had at home.
ground coriander ~ never heard of this before, and it was super hard to find. i realized at the end, for the most part, the spices are in alphabetical order... this will help in future. :)
dried oregano ~ took a minute, but found it!
chili pepper flakes ~ couldn't find any bottles that actually said chili pepper flakes & ended up using red pepper flakes from home. is this the same thing??
tomato paste ~ this was hard because i kept looking for a tube, like decorating icing comes in, but for some reason it comes in a tiny can. after using it, i still think it should come in a tube...
beef broth ~ easy to find since once upon a time i could only eat broth for a couple months. i knew exactly where it was.
salsa ~ used the fresh kind with medium heat.
crushed tomatoes ~ found a can that had tomatoes & green chili's. score.
chopped green chili peppers ~ see above.
a medium onion ~ when shopping for this, i debated for a solid 5 minutes on whether it was supposed to be a red onion, white onion, or sweet onion. also none of those options were considered "medium" so i left with a white onion and prayed it was not too big & not too small. oy vey.
a green bell pepper ~ easiest veggie for me to find :)
three medium zucchini ~ this might seem silly, but i couldn't remember what a zucchini looked like. i searched and searched, and then i saw cucumbers which i thought might be the same thing. i had a long and funny conversation with myself about zucchini, cucumbers, and pickles. i was trying to remember if they were all the same vegetable at one point in their life?!? thankfully on my last attempt and lap through all the greens i found some zucchini, but i have no idea if the ones i picked were medium which is why in my recipe i only used two ~ just in case!
a bunch of green onions ~ i went back to the onion section, and couldn't find a green onion to save my life! i did another long lap, and finally found them near all the other veggies that look like tall grass. by "a bunch" they didn't mean multiple green onions... lol they meant a "bundle". who knew. :)
thank the heavens i figured it all out because that shopping trip was sooo exhausting! i probably should have let the oodles of workers who were offering help to find some of these things, but i was slightly embarrassed/stubborn to let that happen. instead they all stood there watching me pace the aisles, talk to myself about zucchini & pickles, feel up the veggies i was picking because i didn't know what made them good or bad... and break a sweat (with my red face on) because i knew i was being watched the whole time.
anyway, when i got home i began slicing and dicing. that also took a lot of time because i hadn't ever worked with these things before, and later my mister pointed out i was chopping with a steak knife instead of one of the dicing knives. *sigh* whatever :)
with this meal i also learned to multi task between two cooking pots. not that good at it yet, but at least i've done it now.
at the end of this adventure, i think it turned out pretty damn good. the mister voted it the best meal i've made so that made me super happy! (p.s. aren't my plating skills getting better too? ~ woo hoo)
i'm going to try and crank out another three meals this month so stay tuned for them.
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