I feel rather naughty with this post because growing up, we weren’t allowed to use the word stupid. (Breakin’ the rules, breakin’ the rules!!) My mother decidedly banned it from the house and if any of us unruly children called each other the “s” word, it was a quick spanking and off to bed with no supper! OK, that’s not true at all. My mother’s actual response to our “s” word transgressions was a gentle talking to about how calling someone stupid was mean and hurtful. I appreciate her desire to reason with us like the mature people she wished we were. Unfortunately we weren’t, so no matter how convincing her explanation, “stupid” was hurled at each other with almost maniacal regularity. (Our choice word was also accompanied by a slap, punch or evil glare that promised either a slap or punch.)
Siblings are so awful to each other, aren’t they? It really is crazy what we say to the people we love. Had I known of the emotional cuts and bruises made by my stupid words I would never have said them. OK, that’s definitely an exaggeration. I probably still would have said them, but definitely felt more guilt afterwards. Ah, that’s the good Jewish girl in me! Honestly though, when we say mean words, think negative thoughts or judge others harshly, it’s simply an internal defense mechanism reflecting the negativity and judgments we heap upon ourselves.
OK, so how does all this deep stuff relate back to stupid easy turkey chili? Well, just as you can change how you judge yourself and others, you can also change the meaning of your words. Here’s what I mean. When stupid is used at the end of a sentence such as, “You are stupid!,” negativity abounds, however when used as a descriptor such as, “stupid good,” stupid suddenly morphs “good” into great. Stupid is no longer a put down but rather a word used to exalt and make more awesome whatever comes after it.
And so we have stupid easy turkey chili! What makes it stupid easy is there is little chopping, minimal prepping and it tastes really freaking good.
So the next time you find yourself throwing the “s” word around, just make sure it’s as a descriptor to this unbelievably stupid awesome chili.
Stupid Easy Turkey Chili
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced (from jar is ok)
1 1/2 lbs organic ground turkey
1 14.5 ounce can organic diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 15 ounce can black beans (rinsed and drained. You can also use white beans if you prefer)
2 cups organic chicken broth, vegetable broth or water
Sea salt to taste
In a large pot over medium heat add the olive oil and saute the onion, garlic, ground turkey and a pinch of salt until turkey is browned. Add tomatoes, pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the black beans and chicken broth to the pot. Stir well, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add more salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
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