Monday, October 13, 2014

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

It's that time of year again - the leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and slow cookers are making their way out of closet storage :)

I'm always thinking about new ways to use my slow cooker (or "crock pot" for those of you who grew up with me in the Midwest). I've used several brands, but my Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, the one I currently own and use, is my favorite so far. It heats very consistently and and the temperature probe makes it really easy to check my meals, without lifting the lid and letting heat escape.

The problem, though, with slow cooker cooking and babies, is that it's often difficult to incorporate foods that can be mashed for babies. However, this recipe solves that problem! It can easily be modified for babies, toddlers and adults!

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

1 lb Ground Turkey
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste
2 cups of chicken broth
4-6 diced carrots
1 cup of frozen corn
1 yellow onion, chopped

Chili toppings (all optional):
Chopped fresh cilantro
Diced avocado
Shredded cheese

Place all ingredients in slow cooker, stir a bit to loosen ground turkey and cook on HIGH for approximately 4 hours.

Serving ideas:
- For new eaters (babies just starting solids), strain out carrot pieces, rinse with cold water (to cool them) and mash before serving. Or, mash avocados and serve.
- For older babies and toddlers, strain the chili of liquid and let your kiddos pick out what they like.
- For moms, dads and other adults, serve with desired toppings.

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