This Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili is an easy and nutritious meal you can prep ahead and freeze for easy weekday meals.
Summer break has ended and my girls started back at school earlier this week. The transition from relaxed summer days to a busy September has brought with it many challenges most busy families face. The little things that help us stay organised are essential so that we can stay on top of it all between weekdays packed with school, activities and homework.
One of the biggest challenges for my family is staying on top of meals – back-to-school breakfasts. lunches, snacks and of course, dinners. Staying prepared and organised for a weeks worth of meals while keeping in mind the needs of picky eaters who need good quality nutrition for their little growing bodies is key. Choosing healthy, nutritious ingredients like Canadian turkey makes this job easy.
Turkey, while packed full of high quality lean protein, is also full of essential nutrients like vitamin B12, selenium, and zinc. This makes turkey ideal as an anchor for any weekday meal -breakfast, lunch of dinner.
The other reason Canadian turkey is a great go-to choice is that it is so versatile and works well as a base ingredient for a variety of recipes.
Make weekday meals a breeze by planning ahead and including turkey for meals that are tasty, healthy, nutritious and easy to prepare. Meal planning and freezer cooking can save you both time and money, plus as a bonus, it eliminates question of “whats for dinner?”
5 TIPS TO MAKE BACK-TO-SCHOOL EASY WITH CANADIAN TURKEY
1. Batch It!
Turkey is the perfect choice for batch cooking. Plan for recipes that are easy to scale and cook extra turkey to provide planned leftovers, so you can cook once and eat twice!
2. Get Healthy!
Turkey is a great source of protein, important minerals and nutrients. Power-up your plate without having to compromise on flavour with this tasty ingredient.
3. Keep It Simple!
Turkey can be cooked ahead of time and freezes well, so you can have an easy meal on hand during rushed weeknights and busy weekends.
4. Versatility Plus!
Turkey adapts to all of your favourite flavour profiles and spice combinations, and with so many cuts to choose from you can find choices that please the whole family. Turkey is a delicious option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can serve it hot or cold, and it tastes great the next day, too!
5. Boost It!
Add turkey to your favourite dishes for an instant protein boost! Salads, soups, pasta sauces and casseroles all benefit from the added nutrients turkey contributes.
Prepare meals starring Canadian turkey every day and feel good knowing that you are feeding your family healthy and nutritious food that they will love to eat!
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Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili
1 lb ground turkey
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
14.5oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
Green Bell Pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp Tomato paste
2 cups frozen corn
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 package taco seasoning
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Break apart turkey and stir.
To Freeze and Cook Later:
Add all ingredients to a gallon-sized freezer bag, seal, and freeze for up to three months.
Thaw in fridge.
Cover and cook on low in slow cooker for 6-8 hours.
Break apart ground turkey and stir.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes undrained
- Green Bell Pepper chopped
- 2 Tbsp Tomato paste
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 2 large cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 package taco seasoning
- Add all ingredients to your slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Break apart turkey and stir.
- Add all ingredients to a gallon-sized freezer bag, seal, and freeze for up to three months.
- Thaw in fridge.
- Cover and cook on low in slow cooker for 6-8 hours.
- Break apart ground turkey and stir.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Canadian Turkey. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.