I love a good meal in a Slow-Cooker yall. Which is why when the temperature drops the first thing I think of is turning my Momma’s vintage Slow-Cooker up. And when I do, you best believe I’m whipping up my easy-peasy Protein Power Chili. Your muscles love protein and chili loves cornbread, so whip these two easy recipes up and leave the tough work to rocket scientists.

Slow-Cooker Protein Power Chili

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey (or tofu….or skip it entirely)
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-oz.) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch ground allspice
salt to taste

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey in the skillet, and cook until evenly brown; drain.

2. Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray, and mix in turkey along with the rest of the ingredients.

3. Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High.

Toppings: shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese blend, non fat plain Greek yogurt, avocado

Sweet (No Cheat) Cornbread Muffins

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups skim milk 
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

1. In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

2. Add skim milk and egg whites, stirring until all ingredients are combined.

3. Pour into a 9 inch pan or muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.


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