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Here's the Best Thing Our Controller Cooked All Weekend

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We get asked all the time: What do you cook at home? Here's a little inspiration from our controller, Victoria Maynard.

On Sundays, I typically try to do meal prep for the week ahead. I make breakfasts and lunches to at least get me through to Wednesday or Thursday without needing to throw down $15 on a mediocre salad. But after I wrapped up my Sunday shift at the Holiday Market, I decided my usual meal prep regimen was not something I could muster. I needed something easy for dinner that could also be my #NotSadDeskLunch on Monday. Chili to the rescue!

Photo by Victoria Maynard

I diced a mix of bell, poblano, serrano, and cayenne peppers and a large white onion, and sautéed them all in olive oil. When the vegetables were soft, I added cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper and stirred for a minute to get rid of the raw spice flavor. Next I added ground turkey, and once it was browned, I threw in two cans of whatever beans I had in my pantry and a carton of chicken stock. I left this partially covered for 25 minutes and enjoyed a glass of red wine and an episode of Fixer Upper—aka the best way to relax on a Sunday. (Chip and Joanna, I will be in Central Texas for Christmas, can I swing by Magnolia Farm?!?)

When the chili finished simmering, I added a can of drained hominy to the pot and then served myself a big bowl. I ate my chili and marveled at the real estate prices in Waco, Texas while the extra soup cooled on the stove. After I finished eating, I packed up a few days' worth of lunches... and enjoyed only having to wash one pot.

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