This week we had some cooler temps for September which got me in the mood for fall. I even started pulling out fall related decor for my house. I love this time of year! And what comes with fall? Warm, amazing smelling comfort foods! However as someone who tries to consciously healthify everything I eat I decided to make my favorite Turkey Chili Mac, ooh soo good. It must not be too healthy tasting as my husband and daughter love it too!
Turkey Chili Mac (serving 1.5 cups makes 5 servings) Total cooking time: approx 45 minutes
- 1lb 93/7 ground turkey (you can use lean beef here too)
- 1 chili seasoning packet (or you can make your own with oregano, cumin, paprika, chili powder, black pepper)
- 1 cup elbow noodles
- 1/2 can kidney beans
- 1/2 can black beans
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1-2 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 yellow onion diced
- 1/4 red pepper chopped
- 1/4 green pepper chopped
- garlic (to your liking)
- greek yogurt (for sour cream on top)
- reduced fat cheddar
- Oyster crackers
- 1/5 avocado
Heat pan with non-stick cooking spray. Brown turkey and drain fat. Add to pot onion, red pepper, green pepper and garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add back in ground turkey and stir for about 5 more minutes. Add in the beans, cans of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chili seasoning, and broth (you can also sub out the broth for water as well). Stir and let simmer about 15 minutes. Lastly add in the uncooked elbow noodles and cover. Let cook until noodles are done making sure to stir occasionally so that nothing sticks to the pot (approx 15 minutes).
Once noodles are cooked turn off the pot and let rest for a few more minutes to thicken before serving. Scoop into bowl, add in your optional toppings: cheese, greek yogurt, oyster crackers, and avocado.