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Guilt-Free Comfort Food: Turkey Chili and Vegan Cornbread

Ohhhhh, snap.  It’s holiday time, b*tches!  I love this time of year for so many reasons…  one being the fact that it’s totally acceptable to step into my elastic waistband pants and eat inordinate amounts of food.  Buh…  wait what?!  Mouth-watering comfort food that’s (gasp!) HEALTHY?  …POR SUPUESTO!

You can imagine my giddiness and intrigue when our sassy guest blogger, Jess, offered to treat me to a deeel-ish meal of turkey chili and vegan cornbread she was trying out.  I’ll let Chef-boy-ar-Jess take it from here!

Hi guys!!  Jess here.  First of all, I was so happy when Karrie and I came up with the idea of her coming to my house to make dinner one night for Covet Living.

I’d been wanting to concoct a turkey chili for years, but had never pulled the trigger.

After last night, I can safely say that chili is THE easiest thing you can make for a group.  It also got RAVE reviews!  So if you’re entertaining soon and want to keep it low-maintenance and low-key, chili is a great way to go.

I served the chili with the Vegan Cornbread below…  Yum.

As you can see by looking at both recipes towards the bottom of this post, all of the ingredients were wholesome, fresh and delicious.

The amazing cookies above (chocolate chip/potato chip!!!!!!!!) came from Betty and Denise at GRUB in Hollywood.  To be clear:  these are definitely fresh and delicious, but maybe not-so-much wholesome.  I hope you all enjoy it!


Jess Turkey Chili Recipe

  • 2 lbs of ground turkey (1 ¼ white meat, ¾ dark meat)
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cans of 28oz diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 T of Kosher Salt
  • 1 tspn of white pepper
  • 1 tspn of garlic powder
  • 1 tspn of onion powder
  • 1 tspn of paprika
  • 1 tspn of cayenne pepper (more if you like things spicy like me)
  • 1 tspn of crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tspn of cumin
  • Shake of oregano
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • Glug of olive oil


  • Avocado
  • Tortilla strips
  • Green onion
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Jalapeño
  • Hot sauce


  1. Put the olive oil in your pot and warm.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and put the flame to medium.  Wait for the onion to become translucent – this will take a few minutes.
  3. Add the turkey meat to pot and cook until cooked through.
  4. Add the tomatoes, water, kidney beans and the rest of the spices.  The spices in this recipe are meant to be a guide of what to put in but go with your taste and personal preference.
  5. Put the burner to a simmer and allow 2 hours to cook through.

Vegan Cornbread

  • 2 T of ground flax seeds
  • 6 T of water
  • 1 cup of whole-wheat white flour
  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 4 tspn of baking power
  • ¾ t of kosher salt
  • 1 cup of rice milk
  • ¼ cup of canola oil
  • 1 can of corn
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper and garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Spray 8 inch square baking dish with non stick cooking spray
  3. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan
  4. Add the ground flax seed and reduce the head to medium low and simmer the ground flax in water for 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.  Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic power and cayenne until well combined
  6. Add the ground flax seed, rice milk, canola oil and corn to the dry mixture
  7. Beat until smooth.  If you are using a mixture keep it on the low setting.
  8. Put into baking plan
  9. Put into the over for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Let cool and serve!

Thanks Jess!  Here’s to a yummy – yet healthy-ish (!) – meal.


5 Responses to “Guilt-Free Comfort Food: Turkey Chili and Vegan Cornbread”

  • Jess: Um, I wanna make this the next time I host game night. Which will inevitably soon, because if I go outside, my face will freeze off. Thanks so much for contributing! XO, Steph

  • Oh, wayll haylo Steph. Was wondering, since I’m gonna be home in a WEEK, if you’d like to put your trusty culinary skills to the test in Stevie B’s kitchen and whip me up a batch of turkey chili and vegan cornbread?!?!?!?! Love you too. Love, your co-blogette, Karrie

    • Welllllllllllllllll, look who it is. As long as I don’t have to lug your 900 lb suitcase in and out of the house 5x/day this time, I will gladly whip up some chili & cornbread for you. Anything else princess?? XO, Wabbit

  • Making this as we speak and can’t wait to see how it goes…

  • This is outstanding. I made it last night for a group of girlfriends, and it was excellent. I did make a few alterations – here’s what I did & how it turned out:

    -used 1/2 the amt of turkey (only 1 lb) and added another can of beans
    -instead of 2 cans kidney beans, I did 1 dark red kidney, 1 light red kidney, 1 black bean
    -added 2 green peppers, chopped, in when I tossed all the tomatoes, etc in
    -used 1/2 the amt of garlic powder called for

    Came out great, but it’s DEFINITELY spicy. I also topped with Habanero hot pepper cheese (delicious) from Costco, so it had a serious kick. I wasn’t sure how the spice combo would work out at first – I’m used to doing chili powder + oregano – but this was REALLY outstanding. I’d never go another way. Thanks again, Jess!!


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