HIKE & EAT: Topstone Park & Turkey Con Chili

30 Dec

Today we took a beautiful, snowy hike through Topstone Park in Redding, CT. What a way to wind down 2012. It might be our new favorite local spot for winter hiking. Here’s the Map My Hike link.

Jamie&Pipe

And then, of course, we hike so we can eat, so we must share the feast. We decided last night to make chili today, so all the ingredients were waiting for us when we returned—wind burned, worn out and happy.

Chili Con Turkey

The original recipe was from Men’s Health (no, we are not both men, but the recipes are frequently great). Adaptations are in italics.

1 pound ground turkey

half a white onion, chopped fine (more flavor is better!)

1 can (14 ounces) mexican-style diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 ounces) whole-kernel sweet corn, drained
1 package (1 1/2 ounces) dried chili mix (we used lower sodium)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/4 cup water

half a jar of Green Mountain Gringo Hot Salsa (late in the game addition to use up items in the fridge)

Directions

1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the onions until transparent.

2. Add turkey and cook on medium heat until it turns white (try not to overcook).
2. Add everything else and simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Serve with crusty whole wheat bread.

The original recipe suggested you serve this chili over brown rice, but I spotted fresh bread last night that smelled delicious, so we skipped the rice.

Trust us, after a chilly winter hike, this dish is perfection. The pictures are not great, but the flavor was.

Chili con Turkey 1

photo 2

Nutritional Facts per serving:

CALORIES 456 CAL

FAT 14 G

SATURATED FAT 2.8 G

CHOLESTEROL 82.1 MG

SODIUM 1434.2 MG

CARBOHYDRATES 47.5 G

TOTAL SUGARS 3.8 G

DIETARY FIBER 9.3 G

PROTEIN 33 G

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    […] fact, yesterday, we took a lovely loop at Topstone Park in Redding, CT (of previous post fame) for a little Valentine’s day celebration and it was just beautiful in the almost-setting […]

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