Recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa

Quinoa is a smart addition to this simple-to-prepare turkey chili. You probably won’t notice this tiny whole grain, but it is packed with nutrients.

Hector Sanchez

No trendy cooking gadgets required.

By the end of January, our commitment to the New Year’s resolution of healthy eating is waning. Juice cleanses just don’t sound as appealing as a warm, hearty bowl of chili on a gray winter day. Trendy kitchen gadgets like spiralizers and air fryers offer innovative and delicious ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diets. The tools make healthier substitutes for pasta or fries (almost) as tasty and easier to make at home. But after a few weeks, the fads lose their luster, and we’re craving traditional dishes on our dinner tables.

Diets are challenging, so don’t let a month of hard work go to waste. Just call upon a beloved, tried-and-true kitchen tool for whipping up healthy meals that taste great too: the slow cooker. There are countless ways to lighten up traditional slow-cooker meals. Another great thing about these one-dish wonders is the wide variety of foods that can be made—from a hearty bowl of steel-cut oats to kick-start the day to classic beef stew for dinner.

Many diets start to derail when hunger hits. It’s easier to power through that inevitable 4 o’clock slump knowing that a delicious and nutritious meal awaits you at home. One of the slow cooker’s best features is that users can set it and forget it. (This Is Us fans, do not be alarmed.)  Prepare the dish before heading to work in the morning, set the desired heat on the slow cooker, and come home to a ready-to-eat meal. Newer models of slow cookers incorporate Wi-Fi technology, allowing users to adjust the heat or turn off the pot while away from home.

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Pack up the leftovers for a tasty brown-bag lunch to enjoy the next day. Stay on track with your New Year’s resolution while continuing to eat the home-style meals you love.