Chili and cold weather go hand in hand. It's a tasty bowl of goodness with enough spice to clear the sinuses and warm the cockles of the heart. Eaten by itself topped with all your favorite accoutrements or laid bare on a bed of rice, it's a classic turnkey dish that begs to be made en mass and served every day until it's gone... or freeze for later enjoyment!
Here's a twist on the traditional recipe forsaking the beans and making it Keto friendly. I'm not a rigid Keto dieter, I simply prefer this version as it makes me feel less blah after eating it! And, if you are following a Keto diet, the cauliflower rice suggestion is a delicious nutritional accompaniment.
INGREDIENTS (Serves 6)
For the main dish:
For the accoutrements:
Tip: To prepare the jalapenos use a different cutting board and remove the white bits which are bitter and remember the seeds are the hottest part so be aware how much of those you add to the dish. You may want to wear gloves, but in any event remember not to touch your face or lips after cutting.
Brown the turkey just enough to cook it through and remove from the pan and set aside. Next, retain some of the fat in the pan from the meat, add a little olive oil if necessary and saute the vegetables.
Once the vegetables are saute'd, return the turkey to the pan and incorporate together. Then gradually add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, chili seasoning and mix well. Finally add half the chopped cilantro, and after bringing to the boil, reduce to simmer.
If you feel it needs a little more moisture, add small amounts of chicken broth as required.
Serve over a bed of cauliflower rice. Top with grated cheese, chopped onion relish, diced avocado and a big dob of Greek yogurt. You can sprinkle with a dash of paprika and lay a lime wedge atop for aesthetics! PROVECHO!
The current obsession with animal print is rather like a number one hit record. Every time you turn on the radio, it's that song playing again and everywhere you look, it's animal print again!
Before the numbness sets in and we go off it altogether, the fashion powers that be have decided to spice things up! What better way than to throw in some unexpected colors. Rich deep reds, blues, greens and yellows are now sporting our beloved leopard spots and snake prints, yes indeed... step aside neutrals, colored prints matter!
It's bold, it's daring and it's downright fierce, plus it takes the glam element of animal print to a whole new level. I opted for a deep red leopard midi dress for my pick of the trend. This one from Zara (linked HERE) was an inexpensive yet brazen way to embrace the color within my existing animal print collection. It's a great way to wear red around your face if you don't want to be overcome with it. The black spots break it up nicely.
Heels and a leather moto jacket slung casually over the shoulders, contrasting gold statement earrings and an over-sized clutch... giving me lots of drama without over accessorizing, good for day or night!
The other important element for me, concerning the decision to choose a red print, is it's totally on queue for the holidays. The perfect color to enjoy family gatherings, impromptu happy hours and festive frivolities.
But colored animal print comes with a warning, it can tend to look tacky. Avoid this by choosing pieces in a modest style and/or quality fabric. This dress, with its high neck, long length and sleeves eliminates the bad taste that may come from a low-cut shorter dress in the same print. It's rather like driving a Ferrari at the speed limit - classy with nothing to prove! Or, drive flat out in a Fiat Punto, (everything to prove), and get a speeding ticket - embarrassing! People are staring either way, but not always for the right reasons!
A change of scenery and vibe in the next look by adding a belt and booties. Just so happens the red suede boots (linked HERE) match the red in the dress perfectly, and the black elastic side panels compliment the whole ensemble. Boots add a wintry theme, black boots, even knee-high boots look fabulous also, I tried it!
No need to fear being ensconced in a bold trend, it's there to be played with. Embrace it however you like, be it in bite size chunks like a scarf, a blouse, or a shoe. Take it to the extreme with an entire dress, pant suit or overcoat. The choice is yours. But whatever piece you choose, and whatever color you pick, your glam level is bound to go up several notches!
I've included some fabulous finds in colored animal prints in the links below - a range of pieces including shoes and accessories as well as clothing.
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Let's slip into something more comfortable, shall we? With the holidays fast approaching, we don't want to feel trussed up like a Butterball turkey in our party regalia. If you prefer the holidays with free-range rather than restricted movement, fearing your outfit may tear, snag, catch on something or simply bust open at the seams in its efforts to relieve itself of your person, then consider a slip dress.
Is it necessary to know our roots for a sense of belonging? We're here already, whatever our ancestral origins are, life goes on and we're part of it! Of course, I'm proud to be British born and bred, and despite living in America and loving it here, I feel my roots lie in the mother land of England. If any other heritage exists besides my obvious British genes, then hopefully the addition of some good old "Heinz 57" variety has benefited me in some way.
When you've been waiting for the perfect dress to come along in one of your favorite prints that just happens to be so "of the moment", well leopard always was, it's totally worth swinging from the chandelier and spreading the word, it would be rude not to! Here's to the ultimate leopard print dress, and the desire to swing from a chandelier!
It seems being married brings on additional symptoms of midlife, in that husbands become less adventurous. Wives on the other hand tend to kick things up a notch during their midlife, am I right?
As was the case this particular Sunday for us three girl friends. A spur of the moment idea, a day trip to Flagstaff for a hike, a brewery tour and a visit to Camp Verde. Granted, my first reaction was "What time are you setting off?", and my second reaction, irrespective of the early start time, a resounding "Yes!"
My husband didn't want to get up early and had a ton of work to do, another wanted to stay home and watch the baseball and the third wanted to take his new car for a spin... yawn! Midlife man symptoms, this is why you need girl friends ladies!
I recently wrote a blog (linked HERE) about my menopause journey, which thanks to SottoPelle® was a short story!
There was a tremendous response from women suffering the effects of menopause, many of whom have not found a solution or are suffering with ineffective solutions. Thank you to all the ladies who contacted me with questions and to share their stories.
Today, I invite you to come along and experience one of my appointments with SottoPelle®. A commitment I have been making every four months for six years without hesitation, because, it enables me to live my best life, no hormone surges, none of the symptoms of menopause, no side effects, just a normal well-balanced human being. Well, hormonally well balanced that is, ha ha!
Animal prints have long been the back bone of the fashion industry when it comes to pattern, and rightly so, it's instinctive one might say. Caveman was wearing animal prints before he even knew it was fashionable, albeit in the form of real skins and fur! So, it makes sense that animal print has largely dominated the style arena - the foundation was set in history, relegating the reptiles to shoes and handbags. After all, how many snakes would it take to make a loin cloth, or more importantly a dress? With the invention of textile printing and the social lean toward "fashionable faux" this or that, it matters not in this era. Now we can have endless lengths of Boa Constrictor or friendly Python wrapped about our person having materialized from a 100 yard by 54-inch bolt!
If you're looking to ramp up your metabolism, torch a bunch of calories, improve your strength, endurance, and define your muscles, then the Tabata fitness routine may just be the answer to your prayers. Tabata costs nothing and doesn't require you to consume any expensive questionable supplements or concoctions. It's quick, best done in the privacy of your own home, and in my experience it really works.
You may have noticed that this has been the year of the one piece swimsuit. Step aside itsy-bitsy bikini, there is a not-so-new player taking center stage and it's redefining sexy swimwear!
Menopause hit me like a freight train at 50 years old!
It was as though my body had taken on a whole new set of rules that I wasn’t privy to, except to see and feel the miserable effects that resulted. I wanted me back, the version that ran smoothly like a well-oiled engine, not this one that kept back-firing and faltering daily.
There are many jewels to be found in the state of Arizona, but some are well hidden, like the Hermosa Inn tucked away in Paradise Valley. It's the last place you'd expect to find a hotel, situated alongside multi million-dollar resort homes in one of the wealthiest property zip codes in the country. But that's part of the charm, it's not like staying in a hotel, more like house sitting for your affluent relatives with full access to enjoy their spectacular southwestern style home whilst the staff take care of your every need. The only difference is, you pay for the privilege!
The recent frenzy toward the smartwatch in the western world has reached epidemic proportions. Most adults don about their wrist a watch with a blacked-out face or a rubber tube with seemingly no face. We're walking around as though in a science fiction movie under surveillance by this tracking and communication device. The problem is, the average smartwatch is anything but smart! It lacks style and is far from down to earth, looking somewhat sinister by it's dark secrecy and monitoring of our every waking and sleeping moment!
Never fear, there is a hybrid here! Say hello to the Misfit Path, a smartwatch with more style than a rubber wrist tube can only dream about.
Once I left the corporate world of employment many moons ago, I said goodbye to the uniform. It’s not that I’m opposed to uniforms, especially when they come in the form of Firemen or Naval Officers! But having worn a uniform from Infant School to High School, throughout an extensive hotel career and then the corporate world of “wear what you like if it follows these guidelines”, I laid to rest my power suit, pantyhose and ever so prim shoes!
It's been eight weeks since I started using the Trophy Skin MicrodermMD which is an at-home microdermabrasion machine. Here is my complete review with before and after pictures, plus an ingenious experiment to treat the back of my left hand only!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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