Today is my baby brother’s birthday. He is 33 years old today and I can’t believe it. What happened to that little boy who used to leave his legos all over the stairs? The boy who insisted on watching the Transformers cartoon for hours on end? He has grown into a man that I am very proud to call my brother. A loving father, husband, son, brother and provider.
Happy Birthday, Jon Jon, from T.T. I love you!
Speaking of birthdays, Brittany turned 11 years old earlier this month and she asked for a very unusual item – a Tortilla Bowl maker. She had seen a commerical on TV earlier this summer while visiting her Grandma and she really wanted it for her birthday. Well, it showed up at our house about a week ago and Brittany couldn’t wait to use it. When I saw that I had Chili on the menu for tonight, I told her that we would serve it in the tortilla bowls and she was so super excited. She even offered to make the bowls for all of us and they were very simple and very tasty. I also have Brittany to thank for today’s photo. Often in the rush to get dinner on the table, I forget to take a picture until we are picking up our forks. I am thankful to Brittany for trying to remember to get the shot.
The chili recipe is one that I tweaked to our taste. I had gotten free Progresso Recipe Starter in Fire Roasted Tomato and I knew I wanted to use that in making the chili. You can adjust this recipe to your tastes including adding onion and increasing or decreasing the spices. I add leftover rice from the day before and I put a small scoop of that in the bottom of each tortilla bowl before ladling the chili over it. The rest of the family also opted to sprinkle shredded colby-jack cheese on top of their chili bowls but you could also add sour cream or salsa. I ate the leftovers over Fritos for lunch the next day. Use your imagination and have fun!
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/4 cup green peppers
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 can (15 oz each) great northern beans, (drained and rinsed)
- 1 can (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ fire roasted tomato cooking sauce
- In 4-quart saucepan, cook ground turkey and green pepper over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until turkey is brown and the green pepper is soft; drain.
- Stir in chili powder and cumin. Stir in beans and cooking sauce. Heat to simmering, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cook about 15 minutes or until thickened.