Friday, October 14, 2016

15-Minute Ground Beef Chili & Rice Skillet

Hello and happy Friday to you! If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe to add to your meal plan next week, check out this seriously nutritious and delicious 15-Minute Ground Beef Chili & Rice Skillet. Thank you to Star Market for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

You guys know I’m all about the easy dinner recipes, especially now that I’m a mom. Our little guy doesn’t stay still for long, so I need meals that can be thrown together quickly and effortlessly. And, of course, I want them to be healthy and nutritious, too, which is why I’m so glad that I was able to attend the recent O Organics® ‘Organic for All™ event in Chicago earlier this month.

We all want the best for ourselves and our families, and that so often starts with the food we eat. And having the opportunity to go organic at an affordable price makes it that much easier. Star Market’s O Organics line features more than 300 items throughout the store— from fruits and veggies to wholesome dairy and meats, cereals, snacks, and more.

photo credit: Albertsons Companies

During the O Organics event, I had the opportunity to meet and watch a cooking demonstration by Annessa Chumbley, R.D. She’s a busy mom who, like a lot of us, has changed the way she eats since having a child. While she prioritizes healthy eating in her home, she truly appreciates food prep as well as cooking “short cuts” and techniques that make her time in the kitchen as efficient as possible. (I soooo could totally relate.)

photo credit: Albertsons Companies

Here are some of the tidbits that she shared:

  • A motivated day starts the night before. Prepping a protein-rich breakfast will add momentum to your day and go a long way to boost your metabolism.
  • Prep a protein at the beginning of each week. This will allow you to have energizing food on hand for those unplanned busy moments.
  • When you’re cooking, double the recipe to make extra for freezing. That way, you’ll always have a healthy meal on hand!
  • Make your own oat flour by adding oats to your food processor for about 60 seconds.
  • Try mixing peanut butter into warm maple syrup on the stove top to give additional satiety to pancakes. Mmm!
  • An organic meal is like a vitamin on a plate. Fill it with protein and as many plants as possible.

photo credit: Albertsons Companies

Annessa also shared some of her family’s favorite easy and nutritious recipes, which ALL sounded delicious and look so simple to make. Here are some of the ones that I’ve tried and/or want to make very soon:

photo credit: Albertsons Companies

After watching Annessa’s cooking demonstration and listening to her advice, I was inspired to create my own “busy mom” recipe. This one for Ground Beef Chili & Rice Skillet. It comes together in just 15 minutes and only requires 5 ingredients, many of which you can purchase ahead of time to have on-hand for when you need a quick and nutritious meal. It also freezes really well, so it’s definitely a recipe that you can save for future use when you’re short on time or just don’t feel like cooking– just defrost and reheat! I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!


15-Minute Ground Beef Chili & Rice Skillet


  • 16 oz O Organics 85% Lean, Grass Fed, Ground Beef
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) O Organics Diced Tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano in tomato juice
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) O Organics Chili Beans in sauce
  • 2 cups (dry) O Organics Long Grain Thai Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups O Organics Petite Broccoli Florets

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Follow microwave instructions to cook rice. Tip: Add a little extra water. (My rice was a little dry when it finished cooking, but maybe it was because I cooked 2 servings at once?)


Meanwhile, in a large skillet on the stove top, cook the ground beef while breaking it up with a wooden spoon.

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When the beef is finished cooking, pour in the diced tomatoes and chili beans. Combine with the meat.

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Then, add the frozen broccoli florets.


Allow mixture to simmer on medium heat until broccoli is defrosted and warm. Feel free to use this time to clean up your kitchen or scroll through Instagram.


Remove skillet from oven and serve with rice.


And, just like that, dinner is done!


Recipe makes 6 servings

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At the recent O Organics ‘Organic for All™ event in Chicago, I had the opportunity to work with a vast selection of O Organics products, but please check your local Albertsons family store to see what’s available in your area. I get my O Organics products at Star Market, but if you are outside of the Boston area, O Organics products are available at Albertsons Companies stores across the country, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Vons, Safeway, Shaw’s, Tom Thumb, RandallsPavilions and Jewel-Osco.

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Nutrition News: Naked Juice Is Sued, Junk Food Is Jettisoned and Big Soda Displays Strange Behavior

Duped by Juice
When you reach for a Naked Juice, you probably think you’re doing something good for yourself. After all, its label promises “goodness inside.” But, in a class-action lawsuit filed last week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has accused Naked Juice parent company PepsiCo of misleading consumers by suggesting that the fruit and veggie juices are primarily filled with ultra-healthy “acai berry, blueberries, kale, and mango,” when in reality the product lines’ chief ingredients are orange juice or “cheap, nutrient-poor apple juice.” CSPI contends the juices’ “no sugar added” claim is misleading as well, suggesting that the juices’ sugar content is low, when actually it’s quite high — nearly as much per bottle as a 12-ounce can of Pepsi. It also accuses PepsiCo of flouting Food and Drug Administration regulations by failing to not make clear that the drinks are “not a low-calorie food.” Consumers, CSPI litigation director Maia Kats said, are “not getting what they paid for.” PepsiCo has called the allegations in the suit “baseless.”

Big Soda’s Split Personality
Speaking of sugary drinks, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo underwrote the work of 96 U.S. health and medical organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2011 and 2015, according to a new study by researchers at Boston University cited by the Washington Post. Given that sugary drinks like sodas have come under fire for their negative effects on our health, having been linked to obesity and other issues, the disclosure of the widespread sponsorships have raised concerns. “Most organizations refuse tobacco money,” the study authors wrote, according to the Post. “Perhaps soda companies should be treated similarly.” Curiously, even as the companies were funding public health research they were lobbying against proposed governmental efforts to reduce soda consumption in the name of public health.

Junk Food … Jettisoned
Eating healthier doesn’t have to cost more. That’s one takeaway from a review of food subsidy programs like Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (aka WIC) following a move by the Department of Agriculture to encourage those in the program to make healthier food choices without boosting the program’s budget. According to the New York Times, starting in 2009, the department gave participants vouchers for fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods, and it limited the purchases of milk, cheese and juice. People had to use their own money for foods the department considered non-healthy. Guess what? The consumption of things like sugary beverages plummeted by almost 25 percent, whereas the consumption of fruits, veggies and whole grains rose by 5 percent. Tatiana Andreyeva, of the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, told the Times the program prompted healthier eating. And it “didn’t cost us any extra money,” she said.

Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. A regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, she has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast and Wine Spectator, among others, as well as for Salon, where she was a longtime editor and senior writer. In addition to contributing to Healthy Eats, she blogs for Food Network’s FN Dish.

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Spindrift sparkling waters. I found these at Costco (apparently Trader Joe’s also has them?), and they are incredible!!!!! They’re flavored with real fruit juice, and have no added sweeteners. It’s as if you took a plain club soda and added a splash of freshly squeezed fruit. The raspberry lime is my favorite, but they are all good. Well, except the cucumber – I just can’t get into that one. I really want to try the blackberry and watermelon ones!! They aren’t cheap though, so I am restricted to one a day.

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Listening To…

Forever Country. Some of you linked to this video in my country music post, and my gosh it is THE BEST collaboration of country musicians. The song had me covered in goosebumps, and I listen to it on repeat all the time. Also loving this Acoustic Covers playlist on Spotify!

Giggling over…

The fact that I am in a Fantasy Football league! Yes, this is the influence of my new man 🙂 He’s obsessed, and so I joined a women’s team with one of our friends to help ease me into the football world. I gotta say, it’s really fun! My team, Luck Be A Lady, is headed up by Andrew Luck and AJ Green. Sadly we haven’t been doing that well. I think it’s hilarious that I know the names of NFL players now. I like watching sports, but I just haven’t ever had a reason to get into it!

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. It’s insightful and incredibly funny. A great book!



All the leggings! It’s that time of year again. I live in leggings and this long tank from H&M that I can pull over my butt in the winter. I think I’m going to treat myself to a pair of the Athleta Metro leggings for my birthday : )



These wines came in the mail from Club W, the wine club I joined! Thank you all for supporting my wine drinking habit by using my affiliate link 😉 I can’t wait to slowly open and taste them all this fall and winter.

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Particularly excited about this bottle – T. Swift inspired!

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My new cutting board. I featured it in this post, and love how pretty food looks on top. Plus you can write on it with chalk! I’m hoping to get the bigger version then next time I’m at the store. Dishwasher safe is a huge plus!


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Snuggly with this guy, who you will meet someday : )

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