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Presentation isn’t everything!

Presentation isn't everything!

Okay I have to be honest this doesn’t look that great and when I make it again I have to add something with color to liven it up a bit, but taste wise it is definitely not lacking! This is a white bean turkey chili with tostones on the side. First off for those who don’t know tostones are the result of frying pieces of plantain then smashing it down into a disk and refrying it. Now I understand that that is not all that healthy but it does have nutritional value prior to the frying lol! Anyway, the chili! It was amazing.
2 packs of turkey chop-meat (about 1.3 lbs each pack)
2 cans of white beans (one pureed and one drained and left whole)
1 spanish onion
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 pack of chicken broth powder
Then I added chili powder, cumin, cayenne, black pepper, cinnamon — but I could not tell you the specific amount because I just added by eye as I saw fit.
I cut up the onion and cooked it till it was soft and light brown added the garlic and all the dry seasoning to allow it to toast up a little. Next was the meat and once everything was cooked through the chicken broth powder along with some water and the beans. Served up with some tostones and everyone was happy! Not your traditional chili but still so good!

No carb dinner!

No carb dinner!

Remember when I said to stay tuned because I’d be switching it up for dinner? This was that dinner. It was baked chicken in a tomato and pineapple mixture, cauliflower “rice”, and “refried” red beans. Now let me address all the quotation marks. First off the beans, when I was younger my mother always used to puree our beans and call it refried beans so that we would eat all of the bean instead of just asking for the “juice” over our rice. It worked. Today we still do this and it gets my dad and my boyfriend to actually eat their beans! Second is the cauliflower “rice. I had seen a few posts about this on several blogs and decided to give it a try. All you have to do is cut off the florets in small chunks and throw it in the food processor with whatever seasoning you prefer and blend till it’s in rice sized bits, then you cook it up in some coconut oil until it’s tender with a little bite left so it doesn’t completely fall apart. I have to say I didn’t enjoy it and was incredibly jealous of my father who was the only one eating real rice that meal. The chicken and beans were great but the cauliflower in no way compares to rice! I’ve used cauliflower to substitute in place of mashed potatoes and although it’s not much like potatoes it gets the job done and is tasty. This was just upsetting and made me feel like I was on a sad diet. I’ll probably never do it again, but to each their own. I would have rather used a little brown rice or quinoa for this dish, then I would have been eating healthy and happy! Other than that the chicken was great and a must try!