Sunday, January 20, 2013

SCD Crock Pot Turkey and Bean Chili

Comfort food.

Alex just started eating beans. They're SCD legal and he's been largely symptom free for a while, but we just started making beans a week ago. Since then, he's eaten a big batch of chili and I'm making more beans tomorrow. Remember to soak your beans for at least 12 hours before cooking them, so plan ahead.

Before we begin, BIG note here: Store bought chili powder may or may not be SCD compliant. You can inquire with a specific brand, or you can make your own here or here. We used McCormick brand. We're honestly not sure whether this is SCD compliant. The ingredients list "spices," which is vague. Silicon dioxide is SCD compliant. But we did not call them to ask about how they made it. Alex ate a batch of chili and felt fine, so we'll keep using it cautiously. But I can't vouch for it.

1 pound ground turkey (be sure it doesn't have additives)
1 package black beans, dry*
1 package kidney beans, dry*
3 cans of Campbell's tomato juice
1 tomato
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 red pepper
*Those packages of dry  beans yield a TON of beans, you will have way more than you need if you soak two bags of beans. Be ready. 

1 tablespoon chili powder (see above)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1. Put the dry  beans into a pot and fill with water. Water should be twice as high as the beans, which expand a lot. Soak at least overnight, preferably for 24 hours, and change the water once mid-soak.
--- At least 12 hours later ---
2. Dice the onion, garlic, and pepper. Saute in a large pan and add the ground turkey. Cook until the turkey is cooked through.
3. While the turkey and veggies are cooking, dice the tomato. Next, mix the spices together into a small bowl and put aside.
4. Add the turkey, onions, garlic, and pepper to the crock pot. Add about 2 cups of soaked beans (more or less if you'd like), the tomatoes, and the 3 cans of tomato juice. Add the spices. Stir well.
5. Cook on "low" setting for 8 hours in the crock pot. (If you don't have a crock pot, you can put it into a regular pot and simmer it on low heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 or more hours.)
6. Enjoy, perhaps with some SCD drained yogurt on top (ala sour cream) or with some grated cheese.

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