Friday, October 9, 2009

White Chili with Turkey and Applesauce Banana Loaf

I made these recipes yesterday. I had cooked a huge 17 lb turkey, a few weeks ago, so I have a ton of leftover meat in the freezer. I saw this chili recipe in the Family Fun Magazine, that I'm subscribed to. I have never had white chili, so I decided to try this one, since I had all ingredients on hand. I made some homemade turkey stock and used it for the chili as well. It came together quickly, which is always a bonus. The chili was slightly spicy, but not too spicy, since I only used 4oz of green chilies. The kids loved the creamy beans and sweet corn. It was a big hit at home, we cleaned the pot, LOL.


White Chili with ChickenAdapted from Family Fun Magazine

3 Tbs olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
2(15 ounce) cans white kidney or navy beans
3-4 C diced cooked chicken
1 C frozen corn
1 (7 ounce) can green chilies
2 C chicken broth, plus more for thinning if desired
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbs butter, softened
1 1/2 Tb flour
3-4 Tbs half and half or light cream (optional)
Grated Cheddar or Monterrey Jack

Warm the oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute, stirring often, for 7 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano and garlic and saute for another minute. Stir in the white beans, chicken, corn, green chilies, chicken broth and salt. Bring to a gentle simmer and allow it to continue simmering partially covered for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, blend the butter and the flour. Add the mixture to the chili and stir until it thickens, about a minute. Add more salt and pepper to taste. If you like, add more broth to thin the chili or 3-4 Tbs of half and half or light cream to thicken it. Serve topped with cheese if desired.

Cindy's notes: I used homemade turkey stock, cooked turkey and a 4 oz can of green chilies. I also subbed some curry powder for the cumin, since we don't have any.


I saw the recipe for the banana loaf on the Recipe Review thread on Cooking for your Family. I liked how it was reviewed to be a very moist sweet bread. My banana bread always dries out, before we can finish it all ( unless it's the double chocolate kind, LOL). So I thought I'd give this one a try, since I had 4 bananas I was about to throw into the freezer. The review was right and it is very moist. You can't really tell that there is applesauce in it, but it does have a slight different taste to it. The kids love it, so I guess that's all that counts.


Applesauce Banana Bread
Katie- adapted from Recipezaar

4 bananas, ripe
1 c sugar
1/2 c applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 T baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place bananas in large bowl and mash with electric mixer. Stir in sugar and let stand 15 minutes. Add applesauce, eggs and vanilla and beat well. Combine dry ingredients, add to banana mixture and mix well. Pour into greased 9x5 loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan, cool on wire rack.

Cindy's notes: I used half a cup of brown sugar, for the white, since we were low on sugar.

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