NS Walks

What’s Happening?

Read a bit more about what the NS Walks program is up to. 

Jan 31, 2023

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Turkey Bean And Cheddar Chili

Chili is pure comfort food and so easy to prepare. This version is made with turkey and mouth-watering cubes of Canadian Cheddar stirred right in. Serve with bowls of sour cream or yogurt, chopped tomatoes and diced avocado.

Cooking: 3 h - 8 h

  • 1 lb (450 g) lean ground turkey or lean ground chicken
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cans (19 oz/540 mL) each mixed beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (5 1/2 oz/156 mL) tomato paste
  • 2 cups (500 mL) frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded carrots
  • 2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 45 ml) chili powder
  • 1 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) hot pepper sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) small cubes Canadian Cheddar cheese

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More Canadian dairy farmers are implementing renewable energy production on their farms, like biodigesters that capture energy from anaerobic digestion, wind turbines that generate energy from the wind, and solar panels that generate energy from the sun

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey, garlic and onion, cook breaking up turkey with a spoon, for about 8 min or until no longer pink.

Meanwhile, in a 20 to 26-cup (5 to 6.5 l) slow cooker, combine beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, corn, carrots, chili powder to taste, cumin, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. With a slotted spoon transfer turkey mixture to slow cooker and stir; discarding any fat left in the pan. Cover with lid and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hrs or on High for 3 to 4 hrs or until chili is hot and bubbling.

Stir in Canadian Cheddar cheese.

Kids Tip: Kids can stir all the ingredients together in the slow cooker and program the cooking time.

Cooking Tips: Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in refrigerator or microwave and heat until hot and bubbly. For a packed lunch, transfer hot chili into an insulated thermos and pack additional cheese for topping.

For the Adventurous: Use Canadian Sharp Cheddar cheese.

For smoky flavour, omit the hot pepper sauce and add 1 to 2 chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

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Nutritional Information: Per serving
Energy: 337 Calories
Protein: 24 g
Carbohydrate: 31 g
Fat: 15 g
Fibre: 7.8 g
Sodium: 715 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

  (% DV*)
Calcium: 24 % / 264 mg
Selenium: 35 %
Vitamin B6: 35 %
Vitamin C: 34 %
Zinc: 41 %
*percentage of daily value

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Winter 2022

View a short video from CBC TV about a Truro NS Walks walking group and get inspired!


Why Walk Together Outdoors webinar video: This video explains what the NS Walks program is all about and was originally recorded for the Alzheimer Association of Nova Scotia. 

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