Friday, July 29, 2011

TJs Opening!!! & Summer Turkey Chili

AH! Our Trader Joe's opened today!! And we were there when the doors opened! I wanted to share some pictures from the opening:





Me & Josh’s Mom:


Yup…the Mayor was definitely there:


Be still my heart:


And we’ve got wine, beer and liquor!



Checking out:


The stash:


Pop Chips, veggie burgers, edammmus, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, Hawaiian coffee, dark chocolate/caramel wedges, bars, pizza dough, almond and sunflower butter, refried black beans, ginger chews, pineapple salsa and crab cakes!


Moving on, I love chili year round! Its just such a comforting meal! On Tuesday night, we had Josh’s Mom over for dinner and I knew I wanted to make up a batch of summer chili. I had made a similar recipe previously in the crock pot….but couldn’t find the exact recipe. I went off memory and made it on the stove top.

Summer Chili:


  • Olive Oil (~2 tablespoons)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 Tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 12 oz crushed or strained tomatoes
  • 12 oz crushed pineapple, drained
  • 12 oz can kidney beans or white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup corn (if frozen, defrosted)
  • 2/3 cup peas (if frozen, defrosted)


In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. Cook until fragrant (~ 5 minutes). Add ground turkey and cook through. Add remaining ingredients, turn heat to low/medium low and cook/simmer for at least 20 minutes (preferably an hour or two). Serve with your favorite toppings.


I used Pomi tomatoes in this chili. I’ve heard so many bloggers RAVE about this product that I had to give it a go! Totally delicious!


Toppers (Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese & jalapenos):


Sides (bread & butter and melon-straight from our garden!):



I only wish I had taken pictures of our completed bowls!

What are you up to this weekend? I’m hoping to fit in a couple easy workouts and good meals. Then…baby time???

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