4 Degree Weather Comfort Food

We had another snowstorm last night.  The office was closed today and I haven’t left the house at all, except to let Ziggy out.  Since he loves the snow so much, I tried to take him for a walk, but it was way too cold!

With the cold weather comes awesome comfort food.  We had turkey chili tonight with homemade cornbread.  Really perfect for 4 degree (F) weather.


Turkey Chili

Serves 6


  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons, tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon, chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon, red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon, paprika
  • 1 teaspoon, cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon, cumin
  • 1 can (28 oz), peeled plum tomatoes in tomato juice, cut tomatoes into chunks
  • 1 can (15.5 oz), black beans
  • 1 can (15.25 oz), corn
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Toppings (Optional): Plain greek yogurt, shredded cheddar cheese, avocado
  1. In a large pot over medium high heat, drizzle olive oil.  Add onions and garlic and saute until golden.
  2. Add ground turkey, cook and stir until brown and crumbly.
  3. Add seasonings (chili powder, red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, sea salt, black pepper) and mix well.
  4. Add green pepper, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, corn, and black pepper.
  5. Mix well and let simmer for 2 hours.  Stir occasionally and add in additional seasonings to your liking (e.g. more red pepper flakes for more spiciness).
  6. Serve with cornbread and optional toppings.

Cornbread (No cornmeal necessary!)

Makes 12 muffins


  • 1 can (15.25 oz), corn
  • 1/2 cup, skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup, flour
  • 1/2 cup, sugar
  • 1/4 cup, melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon, baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).
  2. In a mixing bowl, add corn, milk, eggs, butter, and sugar.  Mix well.
  3. Add in baking powder and flour, mix until combined.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray and fill with batter.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through (toothpick test).



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