Really good chili with sweet potatoes and morita salsa

It’s day one of four of making dinner from scratch. It took me a couple of hours to make this, definitely a weekend-type recipe.

I took the foundation from from Gwyneth Paltrow’s  It’s All Good (turkey + black bean with sweet potatoes) and tweaked it to add more kick and ooomph. Her version was nice but a tad flat.

As I post more recipes, you will notice that I don’t always exactly follow the directions. That’s why my cakes collapse and my cookies are dry.

This was one of the few times I’ve made chili and it turned out very well.

I am so pleased to share this with you.

The ingredients from the original recipe are posted below along with what I actually used.


Serves 4

2 sweet potatoes cut inton 3/4 inch pieces (I used 1 really large)

olive oil (I used avocado oil)


1 large yellow onion, chopped (I used half)

2 garlic cloves, minced (I used 6)

1 teaspoon of of ground cumin (I used a tbsp and a bit more)

1/2 teaspoon of sweet pimenton (I used pepper as I did not have this)

1/2 teaspoon of mild chili powder (I used a tbsp and a bit more)

1 pound of ground turkey, preferably dark meat (I used ground chicken)

A 28-ounce can of peeled tomatoes (chopped)

14-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained

I also added:

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

Brown button mushrooms (chopped in large chunks)

4 tbsp of morita salsa that I bought pre-made (you can also use chipotle) **** key awesome ingredient ****

Gwyneth’s optional ingredients:

Cilantro, scallions, pickled jalapenos, spicy cashew moment

Oliva’s optional ingredients:

Cilantro, cheese, tortilla chips

chili recipe ingredients


1. Toss the sweet potatoes with some salt and bake (400 degree Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes.  Set aside and use this time to do your food prep.

2. Combine the onions, garlic, mushrooms, turmeric, cumin and chili powder and sautee in a pot for about 10 minutes. Make sure your pot is big enough. I had to transfer my ingredients to a bigger pot.

great chili recipe

3. Add the ground meat,  good pinch of salt and slowly brown in low to medium heat. This will take about 20 minutes.

4. Add the morita salsa, tomatoes and a bit of the tomato water. Bring to a boil then turn the heat back to low and break the tomatoes with the spatula. Simmer for about 20 minutes.

morita salsa

5. Taste to check the spices and salt at this point. Add more if needed.

6. Add the sweet potatoes and black beans and simmer for another 15 minutes (or longer depending on how thick you want it). T and I were starving so we did not wait for it to become really thick.

(Side note: while your chili is infusing, take this time to clean up your workstation. Wipe the counters, stack dishes in the dishwasher, throw away any veggie bits, wash the cutting board and knife, etc. Your wife/girlfriend will love you!)

7. Add your garnishes and serve.

easy chili recipe


Transform this dish into a vegan version by adding different varieties of beans and mushrooms.

Edit: Tomorrow, pasta and salad (still have to figure this out)…see you then! Leftovers



How to dry rosemary in the microwave

I love buying herbs at the farmer’s market but I always never use all them.

Wasteful, I know.  So I’ve started to dry them for future use.

This week I bought cilantro, Italian parsley and rosemary. The cilantro and parsley will be used but I don’t always use rosemary so I took half and dried it.

This is really easy way to save rosemary from being throw out. Promise.

Step one: Wash the herbs and make sure that they’re dry.  I flat-dry the fresh sprigs for about a day just to make sure all the excess moisture is gone.

fresh rosemary sprigs


Step two:  Lay out 4-5 sprigs in between 2 paper towels and microwave for 3 minutes.

how to dry rosemary tutorial


Step three: Once done, check to make sure that they are not dry and brittle then microwave for another 30 seconds.

dried rosemary


Step four: Remove the leaves and store for future use.

how to dry rosemary


How to use the herb:

  • Roast chicken
  • Potatoes with garlic and olive oil
  • Use in a bread recipe —mmm rosemary bread. Drool.
  • Put in a mesh bag to scent drawers
  • Give as as a gift
  • Pesto
  • Lemonade
  • Cookies

Must Love It links: Chicken 4 Ways


24 free things to do in San Francisco. A great page on fun things to do without breaking the bank. The sea lions (soooo cute!) at Pier 39 and Musée Mécanique (a little creepy) were two things that I enjoyed seeing from my last trip.

san francisco golden gate bridge

Deals on fights…REALLY good deals on flights with WOW Air. Hello long weekend travel.

wow air purple plane


If you are an Anglophile with a love of architectural history, you will enjoy the Restoration Home series from the BBC. Episodes can also be watched on YouTube. I’ve always said that if I ever become a gazillionaire, my part-time gig will be cleaning old historical houses.

restoration home bbc


A video on how to stretch a whole chicken to four days.  The video features a chicken salad sandwich, chicken soup from the bones, stuffing casserole and chicken curry. I’ve been able to stretch chicken to about 2-3 meals. A roast, soup and  maybe a sandwich. I usually finish half a chicken on its own by myself in one sitting or a whole one if I am really hungry. Yes, I am a pig.

whole roast chicken

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