January 31, 2011

White Turkey Chili

After seeing this post about healthy recipes by Ellie Krieger on Black Eiffel, I decided to try the White Turkey Chili last night.  Not only was it delish, it's good for you and your New Year's diet too.

So, here's how it went down...

First, the ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 medium poblano peppers (about 4 ounces each), seeded and white ribs removed, finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more to taste
  • 1 pound ground white meat turkey
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans white beans such as cannelini, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can hominy, drained and rinsed
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges
To start, I heated the oil, onions, celery, and peppers in a large pot until the veggies softened.

Next, mix in the garlic, cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper.  I just guestimated this part - just a few even shakes of each throughout with a little more cumin and a little less cayenne.

Then, add in the ground turkey meat.  Make sure to blend it all well as the turkey cooks until it's no longer pink.  It should look something like this...

Now, add the white beans (I used one can of navy beans and one can of cannelini for a little variety), broth, and oregano.  For the broth, I used chicken bouillon cubes, because I hate having left over broth that ends up just sitting in my fridge for a month.  Let this simmer, partially covered, for about 25 mins while stirring occasionally.

Next, add the hominy, salt (I added a little fresh ground pepper too), and cayenne to taste.  Let this simmer for another 10 minutes, partially covered.

Then, I served the chili with a spoonful of non-fat greek yogurt (you could probably use sour cream here if you wanted to be a little naughty) and cilantro, as the recipe suggested.  I also added a little bit of monterrey jack cheese for fun and flavor!

Scrumptious! And healthy to boot!

January 26, 2011

Your daily dose of British humor...

The last few nights, Garrett and I have been watching a great UK show called "An Idiot Abroad."  The basic premise is these guys...

(Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant)

make this guy....

(Karl Pilkington... the "idiot")

travel the world to see the Seven Wonders, while putting him in numerous uncomfortable situations.  Karl understands that traveling the world and being exposed to new cultures should broaden his thinking, but he sometimes just doesn't understand the big deal. Hilarity ensues...

Check out the clip below...

January 25, 2011


I'm listening to (and thoroughly enjoying) the new Camp Dory album from indie darlings Tennis.  Fun fact: the album was inspired by a sailing trip the husband/wife duo took along the Eastern Seaboard.

I'm also currently lusting after this nail polish shade from NARS - Schiap.

PS - It comes in a lipstick too!

Can you tell I'm ready for Spring to be here already??

January 24, 2011

Hair like T-Swizzle.

So, my new hairdresser at Belle Epoque introduced me to one of my new favorite things - the Curl Stick!

It's basically a cone-shaped curling iron without the clamp.  And if you hold it horizontally and wrap your hair around it, it gives you glorious waves similar to those of Miss Taylor Swift.

The curl stick I have is this one by Tigi Pro.  I am currently obsessed because this spectacular tool allows me to create tight fashionable waves or those loose beach-y ones.  And as my hairdresser said... "Say what you want about Taylor Swift's music; the girl has great hair."  Enjoy!

January 19, 2011

Coachella Lineup Announced!

Pretty awesome lineup....too bad I'm not sooooo into camping.

Hope this is a sign of what's to come for the other festivals this year!

January 18, 2011

Indian Summer...

Well, I wish we were having an Indian Summer... we are currently awaiting a good dose of snow here in the Midwest.  What I really want to talk about is inserting a little Indian into your Spring wardrobe.  Right now, I'm lusting after a few items that fit into this upcoming "Navajo" trend everyone's talking about.

Here's the dress that started it all.  An awesomely HOT dress from Nasty Girl.  It's currently sold out, but you better believe I'll be keeping my eye out for it to be restocked!

This poncho from Urban Outfitters provides just the right amount of warmth for Spring temperatures.  Plus, I'm loving items in white/ivory hues.  I dunno, maybe it's the bride in me ;).

I think these flats from Cynthia Vincent would be amazing for Spring and Summer - can't you just picture them paired with skinny jeans and simple gray cardi?  Keeping it classy and trendy, all at the same time!

And jewelry... you know I can't forget jewelry.  I think it's my favorite category!  So many House of Harlow items fit into this Navajo trend.  I've been admiring this ring for a while now...

Let me know if you see any other great Navajo-inspired pieces - I just can't get enough these days!

January 17, 2011

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain...

I'm already preparing for the coming of Spring (soooo over winter already).  With Spring, we get slightly warmer weather, budding trees, and.... rain showers, of course!

This morning, Grace of Design Sponge tweeted about these rainboots, and I'm absolutely in love.  I could totally live in the Northwest if I had these to wear everyday.  Talk about the chicest rain boot EVER.

Dear friends, I give you Hunter's new lady in town... Interlaken.

Who knew rubber could be so fab?!?