it’s friday gang! it’s been a solid week over here on the blog. in case you missed it, we did a deep dive into fall fashion aimed for the career woman (but also here). we also officially introduced a new YouTube series fashioned squared over here on the blog. definitely check it out, especially if you’re looking for outfit ideas. i show you three ways to wear a white shirt. video above. but today is friday. and i have a crowd over tonight—all of my sons are in town. and of course we could go out to eat, but there’s nothing quite like a home cooked meal. in the spirit of keeping it simple ya’ll—more time for laughs—i’ve got an instant pot turkey chili recipe for you. time to kick back, relax, and pour a drink.
outfit of the day
it’s casual friday over here at the office today. and by office, i mean my kitchen. in keeping with the theme of styling a white shirt, i’ve paired it with a beautiful cashmere sweater from Everlane. i’ve thrown on a pair of black slacks, but you could do navy just as well. and of course i spice everything up—just a bit—with leopard print shoes. head over to Talbots to grab a pair.
tablescape: little cups o’ pumpkin
keeping with our tablescape from last week on friday’s with oscar, i’ve retooled and added to my pumpkin patch. in both fashion and decorating, i’m a big believer in versatility and reusability. decorations, just like clothes, are investments, and the goals is to get as much mileage out of them as possible. all i’ve had to add from last week’s tablescape are these cute pumpkin chili bowls. gives it a whole new vibe. love it.
entree: instant pot turkey chili
if you don’t have an instant pot, get one. they were and are all the rage. and for good reason. what can’t these modern wonders do? very little. i get a ton of use out of this gadget every fall and winter.
there are so many different types of recipes out there to choose from. and they’re all so easy. today, i’ve chosen a turkey chili one for you. i’ve picked up the ingredients from Trader Joe’s. check out last week’s post on how to eat healthy at Trader Joe’s.
- 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups chicken broth or beef broth
- 1 medium green pepper, diced
- 1 (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 1 (14.5 oz) fire roasted salsa style diced tomatoes
- 1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup rinsed uncooked quinoa (optional)
- 1 (16 oz) can corn, drained
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tsp to 1 Tbsp of chili powder (I don’t love a lot of chili powder so I only put in 1 1/2 tsp)
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Toppings: diced green onions, grated cheddar, sour cream and corn chips
- Turn your instant pot to the saute setting. Add in the ground turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon. Brown it for a couple minutes and then add in the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent. About 5 minutes. (If you’re using ground beef you may have to drain off grease).
- Add in the broth, green pepper, crushed tomatoes, fire roasted tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, quinoa, corn, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to “sealing.” Set the manual pressure cook button to 5 minutes on high pressure. When the timer beeps let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes (or more, if you have time). Move the valve to venting and when you can, open the pot.
- Stir the chili and then season to taste. You may want to add in more chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
- Ladle into bowls and serve topped with desired toppings. This chili tastes better as leftovers than it does the day of! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. This chili would also freeze well. Freeze in airtight containers for up to 3 months.
sides: corn bread & chips
when you’ve got a crowd, you’ve gotta have sides. what’s better with chili than chips and cornbread? chips before and during the meal. have ’em with a little salsa and sour cream, and save the rest for dunking in the chili.
cornbread is a Trader Joe’s mix spiced up with some jalapenos and shredded cheese. i love cornbread because it’s the perfect mixture between sweet and savory. how do you do yours?
cocktail: pilsner beer
we’ve done a lot of fall cocktails over here on the blog. last week, it was the white pumpkin. the week before, it was an apple cider mojito. today, i’m keeping it simple: beer. my kiddos love beer, and i do to. Athens’ craft beer game is strong. we’ve got Terrapin Beer Company and Creature Comforts to name a few. if you see them in your local store, make sure to pick a case up. you won’t be disappointed. i’m a light beer gal myself: pilsners and lagers. coming from the Bay Area, my eldest son is an IPA fan. what’s your favorite type of beer?
alright, gang! that’s a wrap here. we’ve covered a lot of ground this week and are ending on a high note. let me know what you’ve got planned for the weekend in the comments below. are you traveling? going to see a movie? dinner for two? have a new recipe you’re into? found a new microbrewery near you? i love to hear what’s going on in your life.