Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Turkey, Collard Green and Pinto Bean Chili

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If you’ve been following along for some time you know I’m a one-pot fanatic.

The crockpot is my friend.

I love a big bowl of things like chili or stew.

I even devoted a whole category on the blog to “Chili-Like Ideas” because I don’t know how else to categorize my one-pot adventures.

On the other hand, the family aren’t big fans and The Husband is the worst of them all! So when he’s away I always use it as an opportunity to expose the kids to my kind of favorite meals.

That’s what I did last week.

It was Tuesday and the Husband had tennis practice. Sometimes we try to sneak dinner in as a family before he leaves but we couldn’t make it happen. So I decided to seize the opportunity and make a one-pot meal.

When I served it, the 4-Year-Old immediately made his 4-year-old scowl and said, “I don’t like this.”  Of course he didn’t even take a bite yet, which I nicely pointed out to him before turning into snippy, “just-eat-what-I-served-you” mom.

While we were having that back and forth, I looked over at the 10-year-old who was literally shoving spoonfuls in his mouth. So I said, “Look! Your brother likes it!

Without skipping a beat, The 10-Year-Old said, “Yeah, it doesn’t look like it would taste good but it does! You should try it!

It helped The 4-Year-Old get the first bite down and then he proceeded to focus on the beans and grated cheese I topped it with. (Beans and cheese are two of his favorites.)

When all was said and done he ate about a half a cup.

I’ll take it! If I learned anything from his older bother, every little bite and taste matter when raising a diverse eater. Consistency and patience paid off with kid No. 1, and I can only hope it will again because the 10-year-old is now a complete joy at the dinner table. I never thought I’d see the day!

Bowl of Turkey, Collard Green and Pinto Bean ChiliAnyway, here’s what I did. It was bowl of awesome and a great way to get some greens in the family. Especially my family who aren’t too keen on cooked greens as a side dish.

  • 20 ounces ground turkey (93/7)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen collard greens
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans
  • 1 1o-ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

Brown the turkey with the onion in a large pot.

Stir in the cumin, coriander, oregano and cocoa powder. Continue to cook for a few minutes allowing all the flavors to deepen.

Pierce the bag of collard greens to let some of the air out and then massage or bang it with a rolling pin to help break up the frozen collards. (My thought was the smaller the collard pieces the more of a chance the kids would just eat them — I was right.)

Stir in the collards and cook for a few minutes defrosting them in the pot with the ground turkey and onion.

Once the greens are mixed in, add all the canned goods and bring to a low boil.

Canned goods for Turkey, Collard Green and Pinto Bean Chili

Cover and simmer for at least 25 minutes to cook the greens down and combine all the flavors.


Turkey, Collard Green and Pinto Bean Chili

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
8 1 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
220 6g 8g old: 4 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 0g 22g 18g

See other recipes using: beans, Collard Greens, diced tomatoes, ground turkey, pinto beans, tomato paste

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    November 4, 2015

    Love your amazing idea of stew....this looks super delicious! i'll try it for tonight dinner.