It’s finally dipped below 90 degrees in Texas, and that means… chili weather – Smoky Turkey Chili weather, to be exact!
Although, if I’m really being honest, every weather is chili weather as far as I’m concerned. This Smoky Turkey Chili recipe is too dang good to only eat during the 3 months of the year Texas has “cold” weather.
When making dinner for toddlers, there’s really only ONE factor that matters:
What the food looks like.
You could be serving them a culinary masterpiece of chocolate-covered mac ‘n cheese, but if they spot a speck of something green or ~spicy~, they won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.
These Mini BBQ Bacon Turkey Meatloaves totally fit the “kid-friendly” bill, because they. are. ADORABLE.
Here’s a secret about me: I never eat vegetables. Not never never, but definitely not as much as I should. And that means neither does the rest of my family, since I prepare most of their meals. But now that a tiny human is dependent on my cooking for his nutrients (NO PRESSURE), I guess I need to get in gear and level-up in adulting. Level 5: Vegetables.
So when this recipe caught my eye on Pinterest (ya know, because it had the word “burrito” in it), I figured I should give it a try. I’ve tweaked it to make it a little simpler, because I don’t know anyone who has time to get fancy with things like “rinsing rice in a fine mesh sieve” (um, what?), and it’s since become one of our family favorites—husband even requests it sometimes, which is unheard of for something without any meat in it.
And best of all: this is a one-pan meal, AKA THE BEST KIND OF MEAL THERE IS.
So as it turns out, dinner does not cook itself, and with two working parents and a baby on a strict schedule, time for cooking is virtually nonexistent. Enter: pan-seared salmon. I always keep Costco Atlantic salmon in the freezer, so this is my go-to recipe when I’m on my way home from work and realize I made zero plans for dinner and have exactly 30 minutes to get something thrown together–which happens at least once a week. The husband and baby both love it (is it bougey that my baby eats salmon? I hope so), and it only takes 15 minutes to prep and cook. This recipe is also a one-armed-wonder, in that I’ve managed to make it one-handed while the baby terrorist demanded I hold him.