Apple-Mango Turkey Burger

Apple-Mango Turkey Burger

There’s something you should know about me. I love Oprah. I love, love, love her. I understand not everyone loves Oprah and if you don’t happen to love her (??) we can still be friends, just don’t knock her in my presence, k? Once upon a time, I was a 6th grader at Leawood Middle School back in Leawood, KS (yea Kansas!) and we had a year-long reading contest where we earned monopoly money for every book we read. Throughout the year students wrote letters to our favorite stars asking them to donate items to our auction and on the last day of school we used our monopoly money to bid on the items. Guess who I wrote and asked for a donation. Oprah. Duh. And to Oprah’s credit she sent back an autographed head shot for our little auction. I read and read and read all year long (totally ahead of the curve on Oprah’s Book Club!) because I was absolutely determined to earn enough money to buy that picture. And guess what? I did! And guess what else? I still have it! 20+ years later and I still have the picture. Why am I telling you all this, you ask? What does this have to do with turkey burgers, you’re wondering? Let me start by saying that 99.9% of the time turkey burgers are dry, bland and taste like sawdust. Everyone swears their recipe is different but it never is. It’s dry. It’s bland. And it tastes like sawdust. So when Oprah did a show about her favorite turkey burger I was a wee bit skeptical, but this...
Turkey Chili with Tomatillo Salsa

Turkey Chili with Tomatillo Salsa

I am so in love with this chili and I think you will be too. It’s easy to prepare, feeds a crowd and it tastes even better after sitting a few days. As is so often the case at my house, I like to make this on Sunday and eat it for lunch or dinner throughout the week. I love coming home from work knowing dinner is already taken care of and it’s such a nice change of pace from the typical turkey sandwich lunch. It’s loaded with vegetables and lean protein, so unlike traditional chili it’s pretty healthy and it won’t break the calorie bank. Unless, like me you load it up with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream. 🙂 Tips… *Be sure to use a really big pot for this. That ridiculously expensive Le Creuset Dutch oven you bought at Williams-Sonoma is perfect. This recipe calls for a lot of turkey and if you try to cram it all into a smaller pot the turkey will steam in it’s own juices and that’s just gross. You want to give it plenty of room while it cooks. If you don’t have a big, expensive Le Creuset (I don’t have one either) you can cook the turkey in two separate batches before combining everything to simmer. *These quantities are suggestions so feel free to play around and figure out what you like. I don’t like super spicy food (seriously, ketchup practically makes me sweat) so this recipe as written may be too tame for you. Bump up the chili powder, add some chipotle chilis, try jalapenos instead of poblanos or add your favorite hot sauce at the end if you...


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