Foodie for a Year : October [a crock pot meal]

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Welcome to Foodie for a Year : October! Today we are sharing our favorite crock pot recipes. I love love love my crock pot so much yet it is probably the most under utilized kitchen appliance that I have. I'm pretty excited to see what everyone shares today and hopefully add some new recipes to my rotation!

You guys. 
The recipe that I'm going to share is so good and so easy! Heck, even I can do it, so that definitely means that you can do it!  

I did. 
I actually cooked!

Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili
(recipe found here)

Ingredients :
1 lb. ground turkey
1 large shallot or 1 small onion, chopped (I used a shallot)
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
3 cups chicken broth
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
15 oz can baked beans
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped small
2 tablespoons chili powder (I left this out)
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (I left this out)

Toppings :
shredded Monterey Jack cheese
chopped avocado
tortilla chips
green onions

Instructions :
(Before I started, I prepped my crock pot. I like to use a liner because it makes clean up SUPER EASY!)
Add ground turkey and shallot to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season liberally with salt and pepper then cook until no longer pink, breaking turkey up as it cooks. 

Add garlic then cook for 30 more seconds then add to a 6 quart crock pot. 

Add remaining ingredients, except toppings, into crock pot then cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 5-6 hours, or until sweet potatoes are tender. 

Serve with toppings. May need to add more chicken broth when reheating.

This was seriously SO GOOD.
I highly recommend it.

(Ok, I have to admit. I actually shared this a couple years ago, but we've literally been making it for the past two years since we first tried the recipe because it is THAT good. These pictures are actually from two years ago when I first made it, so they aren't really up to par, but it gets you the gist of what it should look like.)

CourtneyJamieJamieSarahWhitney, and I are excited that you want to share your favorite crock pot meal idea with us! Don't forget to add your link below so we can check it out!

And also, don't forget to mark your calendars... our next Foodie for a Year link up is on December 6th! On December 6th, we'll be sharing a holiday goodie! Eeek! I'm super excited to see everyone's holiday goodies. Holiday desserts are my very favorite!

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  1. Lol I LOVE the redo. I have a pumpkin cookie recipe from two years ago that i think about redoing ALL the time. Maybe I should! The pictures from my post two years ago are SO bad though. Like WOAH!

  2. Aren't the liners life savers!?! This sounds very yummy. I wonder if Dean would notice the sweet potatoes. I might have to try it and see.

  3. All the praise hands for those crockpot liners!! This recipe sounds delicious. Crockpot meals are my jam! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Love your fun twist on traditional chili! I have found that turkey works best in chili when I use the crock pot - the low and slow cooking method really helps the turkey to absorb the flavors from everything else in the pot. Thanks for the fun and festive linkup!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  5. Yep, go ahead and give me all the crock pot recipes now! I love them in the cooler months because they just seem like the perfect meal, but they're also the best during the heat waves (which is like every week) because I don't have to get my kitchen hot making dinner.
    I've never added quinoa to my chili, but we're totally going to give that a try!

  6. This sounds really good! My hubby hates turkey so, so I may have to modify. But still- yumm! This may be something even Reese would try! She's so picky lately :P

  7. This looks and sounds amazing. I've been looking for new crock pot meals so this is a must!

  8. This sounds so tasty! Thanks for sharing!

  9. This looks and sounds delicious and it's perfect for fall! And turkey, quinoa, and sweet potato?? Healthy, too!

  10. I love that we both did chili (repost) recipes!!! Hahaha. Two peas, my friend. I need to make yours, I love quinoa!

  11. Oh my, that looks amazing!! I'm definitely adding it to my list of soups. Can't wait to try it.

  12. i never thought id think anything with quinoa looked good. BUT YOU SOLD ME.

  13. This is right up my alley..!! Pinning for this fall/winter.


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