Crockpot Turkey Chili

This weekend I celebrated the big 2-8 and boy was it special!  I got all dressed up and spent the evening at an industry event with the amazing people I work with. After the awards dinner, we all got a sneak preview of US Bank stadium at the after party!  Bring it on, 28!

I took my first Uber ride this weekend. Man that was a mistake; in this situation, a cab would have been much more convenient. I started feeling a little sick at the after party, so I decided to call it a night a bit early. It was about 11:30pm at this point so I downloaded the Uber app and “requested a ride” thinking that it would be much faster than waiting for a cab.  Much to my surprise, Uber doesn’t meet you at the side of the stadium you are on. I had to walk the equivalent of 4 blocks and then cross a street and wait in a dark alley, to meet my Uber ride. Thankfully, the most wonderful security guard escorted me and then waited for me until I got in an Uber. The Uber pick up location at US Bank stadium is an episode of Criminal Minds waiting to happen….

My Uber “arrived” while I was still walking to the pick-up location and instead of waiting for me, PICKED UP SOMEONE ELSE! But I had no idea because it was my first time using the app, and I had a couple of drinks – I was all kinds of confused looking at the app. The security guard walked up to the other 3 Uber’s waiting for their fares; none of them were there for me.  Finally, I cancelled that Uber that was clearly long gone and requested another one.  A wonderful man named Leo, arrived 2 minutes later and finally I was on my way. So much for being convenient, I didn’t get in a car until midnight.

Once I got home, I got an e-mail from Uber – I got charged for THREE rides. How does that even happen? Oh wait, I know…. Anyone can get in an Uber that is waiting for you and pretend they are you!  But, I do have to admit – I emailed Uber at approximately 1:00am to let them know I got charged for someone else’s ride and I had a response in less than 12 hours. Quickest customer service response time ever. (Clearly, this happens all the time).   Maybe I’ll give it another chance though. I do appreciate many things about Uber, such as knowing the approx. cost ahead of time, having a photo and LP# for the driver, and seeing exactly how long the wait time is.

When I woke up the next morning, I found a b-day gift waiting for me in the kitchen. I received the most thoughtful present ever from one of the most generous and thoughtful people I have ever known. I mentioned on FB a month or two ago how much I love these Butcher Block Furniture handmade cutting boards.  And the most wonderful woman, a client of my husband’s, bought one for me for my birthday. She is fighting one of the hardest fights you can go through, and still puts everyone else first. I am so honored and excited to be sharing this week’s recipe, with my new cutting board as a prop.  It is the most stunning and special gift I have ever received.  Thank you, Marlene!

If you are in the market for an amazing new cutting board, a dining table or other custom furniture – check out their website or if you are in the mpls area, visit the showroom.  Stunning, handcrafted furniture made in Minneapolis, MN.

My husband brought home a bench from Butcher Block a few years ago, and said I wasn’t allowed to sit on it. (Because it was so cool and pretty). I was confused then, but now that I am lucky enough to have my own piece… I understand. Seriously, how beautiful is this cutting board?  Would it be wrong if I didn’t actually use it to cut things? It’s almost too pretty to use!



This week’s crockpot chili features ground turkey instead of beef. Because, sometimes beef is just a little too heavy. Plus, I’ll be making a huge batch of beef chili for the family when we travel to Moab this week – more about that next week!  Now, for the recipe

Crockpot Turkey Chili

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What To Do

2lb ground turkey

1 tbs worchestershire

2 tsp smoked tobasco

2 cloves garlic

Salt + pepper

½ red onion

½ white onion

2 stalks celery, diced

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup frozen corn

(2) 14oz cans diced tomatoes – 1 can plain diced, 1 can fire roasted

(1) 14oz can tomato sauce

½ thyme

1 tsp celery seed

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp paprika

1/3 cup chili powder

Salt + pepper

1 tbs chipotle

adobo sauce

1 ½ cup beef stock


What To Do

In a large pot, brown ground turkey in olive oil, garlic worchestershire, tobasco salt + pepper.

Add to a large crockpot, along with all veggies and seasonings. Mix well. Cook on high for 1 hour, then turn down to low and let simmer for 2 hours.

Top with cheese and sour cream or avocado (and goldfish, if your taste is similar to my husband’s) or eat with tortilla chips. Such a versatile recipe!

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Try a recipe? Let me know what you think!  Leave a comment below, or tag your food pics on Instagram with #ahealthybalanceblog


Some of the ingredients that I cook with aren’t necessarily common – if you ever have questions about something I’m using, I’m here to help!

Thanks for reading,



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