White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

Hi there, friends! I hope that you all had a great Halloween night. Remember how I was so excited to give out candy? Well, only four kids showed up in total. Womp, womp, womp...

And now I have way too much candy leftover, which means it's all too tempting to grab one of those little suckers! Anyone else have leftover candy and find yourself reaching for some? I've gotta find someone to give this candy to before I've eaten it all ;P

I know I'm late to getting today's post up, so for those of you who are subscribed to my blog, this won't show up in your inbox until tomorrow morning. Sorry about that, guys!!

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I did want to make sure I stopped by today with my white bean chicken chili recipe, which originally comes from Giada from the Food Network. Anyone else just as obsessed with watching shows on The Food Network? Can't stop, won't stop. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post an Instagram story while I was making the chili last night. I decided to swap out the swiss chard the recipe calls for and throw in some kale. And when I say I decided to swap it out, I really mean that Trader Joe's didn't have swiss chard so I was forced to replace it haha. But it actually turned out really great, and I think kale will be the permanent replacement from now on! This chili truly is the perfect weeknight dinner. It's tasty, healthy, and easy to make. It also makes a decent sized batch, which means you'll have leftovers for lunch or for dinner the next night. Score!

Also, one random thing to note, but white bean chicken chili is just not photogenic. Honestly, no matter how hard I tried to make the bowl of it look nice it just didn't really work out. So, my apologies for the not-so-great picture, but don't let that fool you - it really is delicious! Let's go ahead and get into what ingredients you'll need. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons EEVO
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground chicken (you can also use ground turkey)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning 
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano 
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2, 15 ounce cans cannellini beans 
  • 1 bunch (about a pound) of swiss chard, or kale, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley 

The steps you'll need to take are...

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. 
  2. You'll then add the chicken, salt, cumin, fennel, oregano, and chili powder. Cook, stirring frequently until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Stir the flour into the chicken mixture.
  3. Next, add the beans, kale, corn, and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, scraping the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. 
  4. Simmer for 55-60 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half and the chili has thickened. Add the red pepper flakes and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Ladle the chili into serving bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Enjoy!

This chili is a tasty and healthy option for chilly Fall and Winter nights. Like I said earlier, a batch of it will usually last you 2-3 meals, so it's the perfect weeknight meal. It also pairs great with the cornbread recipe I posted a week or two ago. Click HERE to get that recipe. 

Make sure to let me know if you try out this recipe - I'd love to hear your thoughts. You can comment here, email me at joyfullyjennablog@gmail.com, or tag me on Instagram (@joyfullyjenna). Bon Appetit!

An EASY Homemade Fajita Recipe

This recipe, friends, is a keeper. How do I know? I discovered this recipe about two years ago over on Pinterest, (it originally comes from Budget Bytes) and I started making it pretty regularly. We usually have leftovers when I make it, so it would make its way into the graduate office for lunch during my two years there. For those of you who may be new to the blog - I went to graduate school for two years (Sept. 2014 - May 2016), hence the graduate office! Every single time I brought in the fajitas for lunch everyone in the office was mesmerized by the smell. Literally everyone. People had serious lunch envy. If some of my graduate school galfriends are reading this, I'm sure you'll agree and may even be laughing a bit! 

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Like I said, these fajitas made it into the graduate office as my lunch many times, and eventually my good friend in the program, Jill, asked me for the recipe. It was pretty much the domino effect from there. Jill started bringing in leftover fajitas for her lunch and then a month later I think everyone in the office was bringing in fajitas for lunch. That's how good this recipe is! Once you make it once, it'll be on repeat in your house for a long, long time. PS: Shout out to my grad school friends and if any current second years are reading this I hope the fajita recipe is living on in the grad office this year!

This recipe isn't only delicious (it seriously tastes like you're out at a Mexican restaurant), it's about as easy as it can get. And guess what? The ingredients are pretty darn cheap usually! A cheap, easy, and yummy dinner? I'll take 15 please!

Alright friends, start writing these ingredients down...

For the seasoning you'll need...

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon corn starch

For the fajitas you'll need...

  • 2 small or 1 large onion
  • 2 medium green bell peppers
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1 pound of chicken breast (sometimes I'll use more if I want extra leftovers)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 medium lime
  • Tortillas 
  • 1/4 bunch of cilantro (optional)

So, now you know what ingredients you'll need. Onto how to make them...

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients for the fajita seasoning in a small bowl and set it aside. 

2. Cut the onion and bell peppers into 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips. Place them in a 9x13 casserole dish. Slice the chicken breast into very thin strips and add it to the casserole dish. 

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3. Grab your seasoning and sprinkle it over the meat and the vegetables. Drizzle the vegetable oil over everything and then use your hands to toss the ingredients until everything is well-coated in oil and seasoning. 

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4. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Stir once when you reach the halfway point. Squeeze the juice from half of the lime over everything once it comes out of the oven. 

5. Scoop a small amount of the fajita mixture onto a tortilla and top with cilantro, salsa, and any of your other favorite toppings! 

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That's it! It's really easy, guys. And guess what? It's a healthy choice too! The great thing about making your own fajitas at home is that you get to control what goes in them, which means I guarantee they'll be much lower in sodium. 

If you want even more Mexican food in your life check out my Easy Turkey Taco Recipe. Because I mean, one can never eat too much Mexican food, right? Right.

Let me know if you try out this recipe, I'd love to know what you think! Thanks for stopping by today :)

Your New Go-To Recipe for Taco Tuesday!

It's Taco Tuesday, friends! How's your week going so far? Mine has been pretty good- still chipping away at my research project for grad school (I'm working towards getting my study published) and job hunting. I was told yesterday that those of you who are subscribed to the blog aren't receiving your daily email, and I just wanted to let you know that I'm working on fixing that problem ASAP, sorry about that, guys!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite taco recipes with you. Yesterday I posted the picture that's above on my Instagram (username is joyfullyjenna if you want to follow me) and asked you all to guess what recipe you thought it would be! Well, from the title of this post you can see that I'll be sharing a taco recipe for Taco Tuesday! It's easy, it's healthy, and it's quite yummy in my opinion! I love, love, love Mexican food (give me all of the guacamole, por favor), but some of the standard dishes aren't the healthiest and can leave you feeling not so great, which is where this recipe comes in. I found this recipe and have been using it for about three years now, and it's an absolute go-to in my house. Subbing the turkey meat instead of ground beef really lightens up this dish, which I love. And like I said, it's EASY which is perfect for weeknight dinners, and you'll usually have a good amount of leftovers - it makes the perfect lunch to pack for school or work!

Whenever I make these tacos I always make homemade guacamole and salsa to go along with them, which increases the prep time a bit. So, if you're short on time you can absolutely buy prepared salsa and guacamole! Trader Joes has a really good guacamole - I believe it's their "less guilt" one that has greek yogurt mixed in. I know that might sound a little strange, but it's honestly really good. TJ's also has some great salsa options, so I would suggest going there if you don't want to make your own. If you do want to make your own - click HERE for the guacamole recipe I swear by and HERE for the salsa recipe. 

I also grab whole wheat tortillas for the tacos (I grabbed the Whole Foods 365 brand this time) and I'll use those, or sometimes (like last night actually) I'll just make myself a little taco bowl. I always make sure to grab a container of mixed greens as well, to either throw on the tortilla or into my taco bowl. You also can see in the picture below that I had some tortilla chips on the side for me and my parents to snack on (Whole Foods 365 brand, unsalted) and some shredded cheese to throw on our tacos. For those sour cream lovers out there, try using plain greek yogurt instead. I know, I know it sounds kind of weird - who puts yogurt on their tacos?? But just trust me and try it!

Alrighty, friends, let's get into the turkey taco recipe! Here are the ingredients that you'll need for your next Taco Tuesday: 

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 or 2 jalapeños (depends on how spicy you like your tacos)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey (sometimes I make 2 pounds so I have more for lunches)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime
  • Tortillas 
  • Salsa & Guacamole 
  • Greek yogurt for the sour cream lovers!
  • Spring mix or lettuce

So, how do you prepare these bad boys? Here are the steps...

  1. Peel and mince garlic; finely chop the jalapeños, removing the stems (obviously), and also the seeds, if you want to tame their spicy power. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and the jalapeños. Cook, stirring, until fragrant and soft, about two minutes. Add the cumin and cayenne and stir to combine until the spices sizzle, about 30 seconds. Add the turkey and the salt. Stir to combine and break up the meat with the back of a spoon or spatula. 
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally until the turkey is cooked through. 
  4. While the turkey cooks, chop up the cilantro leaves. 
  5. When the turkey is fully cooked, take it off the heat and stir in the chopped cilantro. Juice the lime over the meat and stir to combine. 

Voila, healthy tacos! Go ahead and scoop some of that turkey meat into a bowl or onto your tortilla, and then add your favorite toppings. These tacos are so easy, fool-proof, and so, so good! Invite your girlfriends over for girls night and have these for dinner, or make them for your significant other for your next date night, they may or may not go really well with a frozen margarita ;P. 

That's it for today, guys! I would love to know if you end up making this recipe. If you do, let me know in the comments or post a picture of your taco to Instagram and tag me (username: joyfullyjenna)!

Catch ya next time!

Jenna