food, Recipes

Crockpot Turkey Chili

It sure doesn’t feel like fall in Grand Rapids with these temps approaching 90 degrees this week, but that hasn’t stopped me from busting out my Crockpot!

Now that I’m working in an office and not from home, I really need to be on top of meal planning so we don’t fall into a habit of getting takeout all the time.  The Crockpot gives me a guarantee that my family will have a healthy dinner ready when we get home in the evening.

Turkey chili is one of my favorite easy Crockpot recipes to throw together.  Here’s how I make mine!

Lots of seasonings- season your food, y’all!


1 lb ground turkey

1 can black beans

1 can kidney beans

1 can diced tomatoes (I like Ro-Tel because they are spicier with the green chilis added)

Chili powder

Onion powder



Garlic powder


Aleppo Pepper (optional if you like more spice)

Cinnamon- Trust me!


Step 1:


Cook the ground turkey over medium high heat with a little non stick spray or olive oil.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, and Aleppo Pepper.

Step 2:


Dump all of your ingredients into the crock pot, including your remaining seasonings. (Chili powder, Cumin, and Cinnamon)

If you’ve never used Cinnamon in your chili, you need to try it.  It’s a game changer.  Trophy Husband introduced me to this a while back and I’ve never looked back.  (sidebar: he’s the real chef in this relationship.  I just pretend that I know what I’m doing!) I’d suggest starting with about a tablespoon of cinnamon, and taste after the chili has been simmering for a while to see if you want to add more.  You don’t need a ton, but it really adds to the flavors.

Once you’ve dumped your ingredients, just let it cook on low for 8-10 hours and you’ll have a healthy and filling meal ready for you at the end of the day.



food, Recipes

Crockpot Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

September is here, which means fall weather is coming and my Crockpot goes into heavy rotation.  It is so nice to throw something in before starting my day and know that I don’t have to worry about getting dinner on the table after a long day of Trophy Wifing.

I LOVE meatballs and would normally use ground beef, veal, and pork sausage for this recipe, but I’m making it a mission to serve my family healthier meals, so I created a lightened up version of my fave recipe using ground turkey and turkey Italian sausage.

These meatballs are SO delicious to use with pasta, zoodles (zuchinni “noodles” made in a spiraler), or on sandwiches and using turkey makes them feel guilt-free.

Here’s the recipe!



1 lb Ground Turkey

Turkey Sausage Links (4-5)

1 Egg

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup Bread Crumbs



Onion powder

Granulated garlic

Italian seasoning

1 Jar Marinara sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce)

**Note on seasonings- I don’t measure them, which is why I don’t typically include the measurements in my recipe.  Use the amount that suits your taste, and omit anything you don’t like, but PLEASE season your food, y’all!**

Step 1:  In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, turkey sausage (casings removed), egg, bread crumbs, seasonings, and egg.  Get in there and use your hands to combine.



Step 2: Divide into 12 equal portions- lay them out on a cutting board so they look a bit like sliders and stuff them with cheese.


If you’re a normal person, you’ll do this two handed and make nice neat balls.  If you’re a beginner mommy blogger who has to use one hand to take her own crappy iPhone photos, you’ll do this one handed.

Trophy Wife Tip:  These little prepackaged mozzarella cheese balls are perfect for this recipe!  I get them at Costco.  Each little package has three small balls for a 70 calorie snack, or each ball is the perfect size to stuff these meatballs!



Step 3:

Heat up olive oil in a cast iron skillet (or whatever type of skillet you own) and sear the meatballs on all sides.  Don’t worry about cooking all the way through- you just want them a little brown on each side.


Step 4:  Transfer meatballs to Crockpot and cover in sauce.  I like this Trader Joe’s Marinara because it is low in sugar compared to any other brand I’ve seen. (only 3g of sugar per serving vs. 9g or more in most other brands)


Step 5: cook on low for 8-10 hours.