Turkey Chili Makeover
This week seems to be "dress up prepared foods" week. On Monday I beefed up bottled marinara and last night I dressed up Citarella's Turkey Chili. When you're a challenged cook, or even a good cook who is tired after a day's work, there's nothing wrong with adding your own touches to prepared foods to make them seem more like home made. Last night's dinner was no exception. I love Citarella's packaged turkey chili, but I like to add to it so it's a complete meal. Here's what I did: I put a bowl of the chili in the microwave and heated for 4 minutes. When it was done I took about a half cup of Birds Eye frozen peas, put them in a microwave safe bowl with two tablespoon of water and heated for about 30 seconds. When they were done I put them on top of the chili, added about a tablespoon of banana peppers from a jar, and microwaved for 20 seconds. This way it was a complete meal and looked and tasted great. You know me and lemon - I squeezed half a lemon on top and put the lemon on top and chopped some spring onions for a nice presentation.
Less is More!
I was really hungry last night. Usually a half of the container of the chili fills me up, but not last night. Instead of just blindly finishing off the entire container, I put about half in a smaller bowl, again with the peas and hot peppers. This way it looked like a full serving and I didn't stuff myself with food I really didn't need or want.