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Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

It has been a rather chili weekend here in the northeast. Today, I decided to make a warm, healthy meal.  There’s nothing quite like a home cooked Sunday dinner in my opinion.  Crock pots have been a current obsession of mine that I try and use at least once a week.  The best thing about cooking with a crock pot…leftovers!  I love having a few meals I can reheat throughout the week for simple lunches and dinners.

Today I decided to make a healthy slow cooker turkey chili.  This recipe incorporates a variety of heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting foods.  I have broken down the key ingredients in this delicious dish below:

Ground Turkey

Ground turkey is a great option if you need to lower or monitor your cholesterol.  It is a leaner option than regular ground beef and has less saturated fat.   This healthy alternative also contributes to your daily intake of B-complex vitamins and Selenium.  Make sure you buy 90% or higher lean ground turkey.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins B6, A, and C making the orange vegetable heart-healthy and immune-boosting.  This superfood also contains vitamin D for strong bones and iron to support energy.  Sweet potatoes help prevent cancer and support healthy aging.  They contain carotenoids which help to strengthen our vision and prevent chronic diseases.


Incorporating beans regularly into your diet has been shown to decrease the risk of chronic diseases and cancer.  Beans are high in antioxidants and can help aid weight loss.  They are rich in fiber, protein, vitamin B, iron, magnesium and potassium.  Beans are very affordable and keep you full and energized throughout the day.


Onions contain a high amount of vitamins A, B6, B-Complex and C.  Onions are immune-boosting and help regulate blood sugar levels.  They are also anti-inflammatory, help prevent allergies and regulate digestion.


Garlic is the perfect immune-boosting ingredient.  Garlic is very rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese.  It is commonly used as a cold remedy because of its immune-boosting properties.  Garlic is also known to reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol, and reduce risk of heart disease.  Garlic supports healthy aging and may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a healthy fat and is full of antioxidants.  Olive oil can reduce inflammation and promote heart health.  It may prevent strokes and cancer and reduce risk of diabetes.  This type of oil contains anti-aging properties and may even fight Alzheimer’s disease.  For all of these health benefits, make sure to buy extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).

As you can see, this recipe is full of health benefits.  It is simple to follow and I used adaptive equipment to make meal prepping even easier.  Before I began cooking, I took a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond and scoped out their kitchen gadgets.  I found  a bunch of great tools that could assist individuals with a variety of limitations.   I also used items I already had in my pantry from other stores.  Keep scrolling for a list of all the equipment I used as well as a picture demo of how I used them.


Zyliss EasiCan Electronic Can Opener

I used this can opener to show that opening a can can be performed with use of one hand.  It is a great gadget for individuals with limited grip strength, tremors, or hand injury.  It is easy to use and was perfect for this recipe since I had to open 6 different cans!


Zing! Multi-function Hand Tool

I loved using this for separating the ground turkey in the pan.  Before I had this tool, I typically used a spatula which the meat would stick to.  This tool was a lot easier to use and separated the ground turkey with ease.  This is another useful gadget for one-handed cooking, limited grip strength, and tremors.


Good Grips Garlic Peeler

This was by far the coolest tool I used today.  Peeling a garlic clove can be tedious, but with the good grips garlic peeler, it was so much fun.  Simply cut off the ends of the clove, place the clove with skin in the gadget and roll with one hand on a flat surface while applying slight pressure.

 KitchenAid Garlic Press

My mom first introduced this cooking tool to me a few years ago.  Once you remove the skin from the garlic clove with your skin peeler, place the clove in the bucket and close to press.  I do this right over the pan I am adding it to for easier transfer.

Good Grips Vegetable Chopper

This is a game changer for fast meal prep.  Say goodbye to onion tears, because this vegetable chopper is the perfect solution for stinging eyes.  After you have peeled your onion, place the onion on top of the grates and then close press.  This chops the onions directly into a dish, which is easily removed to transfer into the pot.

Here is a closer look at these tools in action:

The cans were opened almost effortlessly with a press of a button.

To use this tool, place peeled onion on grate, close and press down. Lastly, remove dish and dump chopped onions into pan.

Add olive oil with an oil dispenser to avoid opening tight bottles.

Remove skin from the garlic cloves by using the skin peel roller.  Add the garlic into the garlic press, press down and add straight to the pan.

After about 3-4 minutes of cooking the garlic and onions, add ground turkey.  Use the multi-function hand tool to separate the ground turkey and mix in with the ingredients.

Line your crock pot with slow cooker liners for the easiest clean up ever.  This is an excellent energy conservation strategy.



*I used Rachel Ray Hard Enamel Nonstick Cookware and the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel

Recipe for Turkey Chili


2lb Ground Turkey

1 large yellow onion diced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup water

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes (low sodium)

1 28oz can diced tomatoes (can use 15oz)

1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15oz can corn

1 15oz can kidney beans

1 sweet potato, rinsed and chopped

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons cumin




  1. Heat olive oil in pan on low heat, add diced onions and minced garlic to pan and cook on medium heat for 4 minutes.
  2. Next, add ground turkey to pan and cook until meat is no longer pink.  I used a meat chopper tool to separate the ground turkey.
  3. Meanwhile, line your crockpot with a liner to make cleaning up easier. Place beans, corn, sweet potatoes, diced and crushed tomatoes, tomato pasta, water and spices in crock pot.
  4. Add the browned ground turkey mixture to the crock pot and mix well.
  5. Set crock pot timer to 4-6 hours for high heat or 8-10 hours for low heat (cooking times may vary based on your crock pot settings)
  6. Serve with optional sour cream, avocado, and shredded cheddar cheese. Enjoy 🙂

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