Simple Turkey Chili

Happy Friday! Heres a simple to make “Turkey Chili” that will jumpstart your weekend. This recipe is full of fresh vegetables, lean turkey and full of flavor! Can you believe that the end of winter is approaching us? Which means locking up most of our hot winter meal recipes in a box until next season. I personally could eat chili or soup year round. It’s such a comforting meal to have any time of the year.

With very little preparation you just have to smell and wait while it out as it simmers away. Ground turkey is also low in sodium and a very lean meat to cook. I add in three types of beans and some crushed tomatoes. I also like to put out toppings such as cheese, sour cream, corn chips (Don’t knock it till you try it!), and even my jalapeño cornbread croutons and everyone just serves themselves. Perfect meal to end the work week. Whats your favorite version of chili? Share in the comments below.

Xo- Ayesha

Simple Turkey Chili:

Two tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 cup chicken stock
One 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained.
One 15-oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained.
One 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
One red bell pepper, diced.
One white onion, diced.
Two garlic cloves, minced.
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt. (you can use more to your taste.)
1 bay leaf

For serving: (optional)

Shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar)
Sour cream
Corn chips or jalapeno cornbread croutons

Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Now season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add in the turkey and seasonings making sure to break into small pieces. Cook until no longer pink and cooked through.

Add beans, stock, and tomatoes, reduce heat to low. Allow it to simmer for about 25-30 minutes until the flavors have developed. Discard bay leaf before serving.

This dish pairs well with my Jalapeno cornbread croutons. Click the link for the recipe.


Wedge Salad Skewers

Hey everyone! Heres, another crowd pleaser that will be sure to impress. Wedge salad on a skewers with crisp iceberg lettuce, bacon, and tomato. Topped with a blue cheese dressing, red onion, and a balsamic drizzle. Simple and delicious! I dare you to try this recipe with my brown sugar bacon. You can find the recipe in my cookbook “The seasoned life.” This is a slight twist on a classic steakhouse wedge salad. I’m guilty of probably ordering a wedge salad anytime we go to a steakhouse. Just don’t forget my red onion! I love that for something so simple it packs a lot of flavors. And the tangy and easy to make blue cheese dressing is the perfect complement to this salad. Does anyone love a wedge salad as much as me? Leave a comment below.






Wedge Salad skewers

6-8 slices cooked bacon, cut into quarters.
1-pint cherry tomatoes
Head iceberg lettuce, cut into quarters.
One red onion, finely diced.
Blue Cheese Dressing recipe (recipe below)
6 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled.
Balsamic glaze, optional.

Remove outer layer of lettuce head and the stem. Slice lettuce into quarters and slice into bite-sized wedges to fit on the skewer. Assemble the skewers by layering lettuce, bacon, and tomato.

Drizzle creamy dressing on top of the skewers. Top with diced red onion and gorgonzola cheese crumbles. Drizzle with a little balsamic glaze and enjoy!


1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
One tablespoon red wine vinegar
One tablespoon sugar
Dash of Worcestershire
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste. (I used about a teaspoon each)
1/3 cup blue cheese (I prefer a creamy Danish cheese)

Simply place everything but the blue cheese in a mason jar or bowl and combine thoroughly. Add your crumbled blue cheese and carefully mix. You want it to be chunky! If you like your dressing to be thinner just add more milk.

Jalapeno Cornbread Croutons

Happy Monday everyone! Today I wanted to share a basic cornbread recipe that transforms into a delicious topping for your next favorite soup, salad and more. Jalapeno cornbread croutons! I just throw a little jalapeño into the cornbread mixture a little heat. But you can omit that step if you are not a fan of it. You can even make your cornbread a couple of days ahead of time. Its then cubed and baked off until crisp croutons are created. Crispy and buttery with a touch of heat. An irresistible combination. The croutons while crisp on the outside are nice and chewy inside. I’ve used these to top Caesar salads, chowders and of course my game day chili! what do you like to eat with cornbread? Share below.



Jalapeno Cornbread Croutons

2 cups jalapeno cornbread, cubed.
2 Tablespoons butter, melted.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add croutons to a large bowl.

Drizzle with butter and toss.

On a large rimmed baking sheet evenly distribute croutons.

Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Serve warm over soup, salad, or chili.

Basic Cornbread

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
One tablespoon baking powder
One teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup canola oil
One large egg, lightly beaten.
One tablespoon jalapeno, finely diced. (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl combine all of your dry ingredients and mix well.

In a small bowl add milk, oil, egg and mix well.

Add wet mixture to dry and combine well. You can now add your jalapeño if you choose to.

Pour into a buttered pan or cast iron skillet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until pick comes out clean.



Grilled Cheese With Rosemary Butter

I absolutely love the simplicity of taking something so simple and elevating it! And whats easier than creating an aromatic and delicious rosemary butter to take your grilled cheese to the next level. This grilled cheese is loaded with swiss, mozzarella, and sharp cheddar cheese. I also add a smear of dijon to fresh slices of bread for some punch and finished off cooked with rich rosemary butter. So If you love cheese as much as me, then you will love this quick take on a classic. I mean there is nothing more satisfying and comforting than a crunchy, gooey, melty grilled cheese!

Xo- Ayesha

Grilled Cheese With Rosemary Butter

Grilled Cheese With Rosemary Butter

Four slices your favorite bread (I used some freshly cut Italian bread)
Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced.
Sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced.
Swiss cheese, thinly sliced.
Dijon mustard. (About 1/2 tablespoon per sandwich.)
One sprig fresh rosemary
2 Tbsp butter, divided.

Add 1 Tbsp butter and to a skillet and heat over medium-low heat and add fresh rosemary to the hot skillet. Saute and stir often until fragrant and butter has started to lightly brown. You can either remove the rosemary from the pan or just move it to the side.

Spread one side of bread with a little bit of dijon.

Add both pieces of bread, dijon side up to your skillet. Top of each piece of bread with all three cheese slices and remaining bread. Once it starts to melt and brown flip over add remaining butter to a pan and cook the other side. About 2-3 minutes per side. You want that beautiful golden brown color.

Slice and enjoy!

Grilled Chicken Salad For A Crowd With Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Salad For A Crowd With Vinaigrette

Sometimes I just need a break from all the carbs! This salad makes for a delicious weeknight salad recipe that has the perfect balance of salty and sweet! Filled with chicken, crisp apple, pears, goat cheese, tomatoes, onions, and topped with a Vinaigrette! Such a flavorful salad! I used fresh romaine lettuce in this dish, but you can use any mix of greens you have on hand. Quickly brown some marinated chicken and assemble your salad. Dinner will be at the table in no time.


Xo- Ayesha

Grilled Chicken Salad For A Crowd With Vinaigrette

Four boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 cups romaine lettuce, thoroughly washed
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled.
1 cup whole baby tomatoes
1/2 cup red onion, diced.
1/2 cup dried cranberries
One green apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced.
One pear, peeled and thinly sliced.

Assemble the salad by adding lettuce to a large serving bowl and topping with sliced apple, pears, onions, cheese, tomato, and cranberries.

Add sliced chicken to the salad and serve with honey mustard vinaigrette.

Grilled Chicken

Four boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Two tablespoon lemon juice
Two tablespoons olive oil
One tablespoon dijon mustard
Two tablespoons dark brown sugar
Two tablespoon soy sauce
Two cloves garlic cloves, minced.
One sprig fresh thyme (1/4 teaspoon)
One sprig fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste.

Add chicken breasts to a large ziplock bag.

In a small bowl add all ingredients and mix well. Pour mixture over chicken and seal bag. Allow chicken to marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Making sure to turn the bag occasionally.

Remove chicken from marinade. Do not use any of leftover marinade.

Preheat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook about 5-6 minutes on each side and juices run clear. Remove from pan and allow to cool.

Slice at an angle and serve cooled chicken over your salad.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Two tablespoons honey
Two tablespoons dijon mustard
One tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste.

Just place all of your ingredients into a mason jar with a lid and shake well.

Pour over salad and enjoy!

Flash Back Friday Featuring: Baked Tilapia In Foil

Happy Friday! For Flashback Friday I am bringing back my “Baked Tilapia In Foil” recipe. But honestly, you can use any fish in this recipe. I use salmon in place of the tilapia all the time. We use the leftover salmon the next day for perfect and quick scrambled eggs for the family. Win-win!

Quickly put together with an even easier clean-up. And it can be changed in a flash by substituting different types of fish (Cod, salmon, bass, etc.) and veggie combinations. Tilapia is full of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. In this recipe, I paired it along with some delicious vegetables like kale and sunburst tomatoes. But I love to stuff my fish packages full of veggies I find that are seasonal and drizzle them with a bit of olive oil,  lemon juice, and whatever seasoning I’m in the mood to use. In my opinion its the perfect meal to wind down with on a Friday night. And don’t forget the best part….No cleanup!

Baked Tilapia In Foil

Baked Tilapia In Foil

4 Tilapia fillets
Fresh kale or spinach
Fresh minced garlic (about one clove per fish)
4 Teaspoons olive oil (1 teaspoon for each tilapia)
Fresh lemons (optional.)
Salt, pepper, smoked paprika and your favorite seasonings. Mix in a separate bowl. Sprinkle combined seasoning over each filet. (about one teaspoon for each piece of tilapia depending on size)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Lay each fillet out on its own piece of foil. Make sure that the foil is large is enough to hold the fish and veggies when assembled.
Season each piece of fish with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.
Combine all of your veggies in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Top each fillet with the mixture.
Drizzle each pouch lightly with olive oil.

Fold over the fillet and roll up the edges to create a seal. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Once your fish is cooked, it will flake easily with a fork.

I love to give it a squeeze of lemon for some acidity at the end.

Now, these can be served straight from the packet for easy clean-up. Or you can remove it from the foil and plate it with the veggies on top.

Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone!

Xo Ayesha


Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

Yay, the weekend is almost here! Now I am always looking for ways to spruce up our household favorites. So I wanted to share with you a quick and flavorful take on an oatmeal recipe that the adults and kids will like this weekend. I pair Irish cut steel oats with a little cream and brown sugar and roasted pears. The house will smell like the holidays all over again as you roast your pears away! For the kids, I sometimes just take the roasted pear and just pour the yummy oatmeal over top. It’s like a pear bowl. The kids will love it. It truly amazes me all the things you can add and mix in to truly transform a plain old bowl of oatmeal. I hope that this becomes a new household favorite.

Xo- Ayesha

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

3 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream
One tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch sea salt

Add cinnamon and oats into a pot and bring water to a boil. Stir well and cover. Adjust heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Do not overcook! Remove from heat and add butter, sugar, cream, and pinch of salt. Top with roasted pears and a drizzle of pear juice from the pan. Serve immediately.

Roasted Pears

Three pears, cut into halves.
Two tablespoons butter, melted.
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Quarter and core the pears. (Use a melon scooper or small spoon.)

Place pear halves in baking dish. Brush pears liberally with melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top evenly.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Allow to cool and transfer to a cutting board. (Reserving sauce in pan)

With or without skin on chop into cubes.

Serve over top of oatmeal.


Turkey Sloppy Joe- A Spin On A Childhood Favorite

Turkey Sloppy Joe

Sloppy joes are one of those comfort foods that you grew up eating, but probably don’t admit to actually liking as an adult! Barbecue like sandwiches that consist of sauce and ground beef or as my mom says “Minced meat.” The can of sauce has sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and other not so healthy items but let’s be honest when you were a kid who cared? This is a healthier spin on your classic sloppy joe but still has that delicious sweet and tangy flavor we all love. I mean whats not to like about a meal that combines a hearty meat mixture nestled inside a bun and is oh so SLOPPY!

Here I made this with lean turkey meat and most ingredients you probably already have on hand like onion and bell pepper. What makes these healthy? Well first off, they’re a bit leaner thanks to lean ground turkey, but they are also lower in sugar thanks to a homemade sauce that’s been toned down. That’s the best part about cooking from scratch. You control what goes into your food and how much you use. You still get to make those childhood favorites but in a healthier way. I hope you enjoy it.

Let’s get sloppy!

Xo- Ayesha

Turkey Sloppy Joe

1lb ground turkey
One tablespoon olive oil
15 ounce can tomato sauce
One small red onion, diced.
One red bell pepper, diced.
Two cloves garlic, minced.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika (You can substitute regular)
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Buns, for serving.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and brown your ground turkey until cooked through. Add in garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Saute the mixture for 1-2 minutes and add the remaining ingredients. (Obviously not the bread!) Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Vegetables should be tender.

Spoon mixture inside of your favorite bun. Toasting the bread is also a nice touch. I like to serve it with homemade sweet potato chips or fries and some crunchy cucumber slices! (My kids layer the cucumber inside of their sandwiches.)


Lamb Sliders With Mint Yogurt Sauce

Happy Friday everyone!

Looking for a good Superbowl recipe? Well, look no further and try out this super simple “Lamb Sliders With Mint Yogurt Sauce“! Now I’m a big fan of lamb. Whether I’m making lamb chops (My husbands favorite!), game day chili or pasta sauce for the kids. It’s a very lean red meat with a bold taste that my family loves. This particular recipe would fool even the pickiest of eaters. I hope that you score a Super Bowl touchdown with these tasty slider recipes that I shared this week!

Game on!
Xo- Ayesha


Lamb Sliders With Mint Yogurt Sauce

Two tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground lamb
1/4 cup red onion, finely minced.
1 garlic clove, minced.
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled.
Mint yogurt sauce, for serving. (Recipe follows below.)
Sliced tomato, lettuce, and thinly sliced red onion for serving.
8 Pretzel slider buns

In a large bowl combine the ground lamb, cumin, coriander, oregano, minced garlic, and feta. Be careful to not over mix. And form the mixture into eight mini patties.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Salt and pepper the lamb burgers to taste on both sides.

Cook for 5-6 minutes per side and allow to rest.

Place your burger on the pretzel bun and top with mint yogurt sauce and desired toppings! Serve on a large plate or serving board.

Mint Yogurt Sauce

1 cup plain greek yogurt
2 tablespoons minced mint
1 teaspoon chopped dill
1 teaspoon lemon juice
One garlic clove, minced.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


Fried Chicken Slider With Crispy Proscuitto And Apple Slaw

Fried Chicken Slider With Crispy Proscuitto And Apple Slaw

I mean who doesn’t love a good fried chicken sandwich?! Well, this slider has all the flavors of a classic fried chicken sandwich with a few upgrades. I’m amping it up with some crispy prosciutto and breaded panko chicken. Topped with a bright and tangy apple slaw that packs a little sweet and heat. All nestled inside a buttery Hawaiian roll. This will please your guests and possibly distract everyone from the big game. Get your kiddos in on the action by helping you chop up the apples and cabbage! Your family will be sure to make these again and again! Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Xo- Ayesha

Fried chicken slider with crispy prosciutto and apple slaw

Two boneless-skinless chicken breasts
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Hot sauce, 2-3 dashes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
Oil for frying (I used canola)
Slider Buns (I used King’s Hawaiian buns)
Sliced tomato for serving.
Romaine lettuce for serving.
Mayonnaise for serving. (I mixed mine with a little sriracha for some kick)

I pre-soak the chicken in buttermilk the night before for this recipe. But you can have the chicken marinate for at least 1 hour before coating and frying.

In a large covered bowl add chicken, buttermilk, cayenne, half garlic powder, hot sauce and refrigerate.

Heat large skillet or cast iron with about 2 inches of oil. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and set aside. In a bowl combine the flour, panko, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Coat chicken in flour mixture and shake off excess.

Fry the chicken a little at a time for 3-4 minutes per side. You want that golden brown color and juices running clear. Transfer to a lined plate to drain off oil.

Cut your rolls in half and toast them. Top with fried chicken, prosciutto, slaw, and desired toppings. Serve and enjoy!

Crispy prosciutto:

Four slices prosciutto, thinly sliced.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On a lined baking sheet place prosciutto.

Bake for about 10-13 minutes, or until crisp.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Set aside.

(You can also crisp them up in a skillet over medium-high heat. But observe as the prosciutto will crisp very fast!)

Apple Slaw:

1 cup finely shredded red cabbage
2 granny smith apples, peeled and cored.
1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely chopped. (Like to leave some of the seeds in for heat)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of salt

Slice and cut apples into matchsticks and add to a large bowl. Mix in jalapeño and cabbage.

In a small bowl prepare the vinaigrette. Mix honey, vinegar, honey, lime juice, and salt. Wisk together.

Pour vinaigrette over slaw and stir well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

(Stir well before serving over sliders.)

Enjoy everyone!

Quick And Easy Papaya Smoothie

Quick And Easy Papaya Smoothie

Hey Everyone! Papaya is a fruit that as a child i was used to seeing in the household and being served at breakfast. Its a good source of vitamins A & C. It also contains tons of fiber and reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. You can enjoy it freshly cut or add it to a yummy fruit salad or smoothie! Just cut off the top and bottom, then half the fruit lengthwise. Then with a spoon scoop out and discard seeds. Then cut into bite-size pieces or slices. For even more flavor I like to squeeze a little lime juice over the top. Did you know that papaya seeds are actually edible? The papaya seed is said to have a slightly peppery/mustard taste. Leave a comment below if you have ever made a dish using papaya seeds in it.


Xo Ayesha

Quick And Easy Papaya Smoothie

2 cups fresh papaya, deseeded and chopped.
1 whole banana
1/2 cup Coconut water, chilled. (You can substitute as needed)
1/2 cup passion fruit juice, chilled.
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1 Tablespoon agave (optional)

Just place ingredients in blender and blend. If the consistency is too thick for you just add more of your liquid ingredients or ice and continue to blend to your liking! So easy and so delicious.

Quick TIP: I love to put all of my fruits in Glad Freezer Bags at the beginning of the week for easy and convenient smoothie prep.

Fig And Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets

Fig and Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m always on the hunt for a new and exciting approach to cooking salmon. And this dish is so darn flavorful and pairs one of my favorite proteins with FIGS! I’m a colossal fig lover, naturally, since I live in California where most of the nation’s fresh figs are grown. Their subtly sweet creamy and seedy texture make them great for both sweet and savory dishes. And the combination of sticky figs and orange is a winner in this recipe. A great sauce that adds the perfect amount of tangy and sweetness to the salmon. Are any of you fig lovers? Share in the comments below. Have a great week!


12-16 ounce salmon fillet, cut into four pieces.
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Orange Fig Sauce:

1 cup California figs, stems removed and halved.
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Cut stems from figs and cut into quarters. Place figs, orange juice, balsamic, and mint in a small pot. Bring to a boil and allow the sauce to reduce about 15-20 minutes. Once your figs have reduced and softened remove from heat.

In a blender add in hot fig mixture along with honey, dijon, and salt. Blend at low speed until well combined. It will be thick! But will melt wonderfully over the hot fish.

Drizzle your salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place salmon, skin side down on a lined baking sheet. Bake until cooked through and flaky, about 12 to 15 minutes. Brush sauce liberally over salmon and serve with steamed rice.

Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Xo Ayesha