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Aldi turkey chili recipe

This is the chili that snagged me a man. Kind of.

When I started dating my husband, I was so excited to have someone to cook for. Once, I told him I was making chili. He sounded disappointed. He said he didn't like chili.

He loves this chili and it's not even a pity, "Dinner was good" sort of thing. He says we could have it every week and he'd be fine with it. We joke it's the chili that made him know I was the one.

I started perfecting this recipe shortly after I graduated from college. I don't like chunks of onion or peppers so this recipe doesn't have any of that. You certainly can add that in if you're into that kind of thing. This is a great basic chili recipe that isn't too spicy. My husband likes it best served over pasta with cheese but we've also had it over rice, tater tots, hot dogs, French fries...the possibilities are endless.

One note: I am a recipe skimper. When I see a recipe online and I see an ingredient I don't have…
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Here's a little preview of what's to come:

Part I: Making your master meal list
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Part II continued: Sample meal plan
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I truly believed for nine months that God’s will for me was to be a stay at home mom in the season of new motherhood but I ignored the call he had for me. The call for me that was so much harder for me.
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““For my thoughts are not your thoughts  neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Is 55:8-9 NIV).”
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This means some sacrifices. Aldi doesn't have everything. They don't have the name-brand of pasta sauce we love. I can't pin any recipe and buy the ingredients for it. I have to bag our own groceries.

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My style of meal planning might be too much for someone who is used to getting a majority of their meals on the go, but here's some baby steps toward meal planning and prepping ahead of time to save time and money throughout the week.

1. Prep produce on the weekend. If you have older children, have a kitchen party for an hour each weekend and chop up salad ingredients, veggies for wraps, fruit for fruit salad and snacks, veggies for snacks, etc.

2. Boil, roast, or blanch some veggies ahead of time then refrigerate or freeze them so all you have to do is toss …