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One of the hardest things about the fall season is cooking with pumpkin, because it’s nearly impossible to find a pumpkin recipe that doesn’t involve lots of sugar and fat. It’s all pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, etc.
For me, this leads to an epidemic of pumpkin love handles, pumpkin buddha belly and pumpkin-induced double chin. Still, I can’t resist fresh pumpkins when I see them at the farmer’s market or grocery store. Their bright orange-ness is alluring and screams “nutrients” at me in a way I can’t walk away from. Over the years, I’ve learned to use pumpkin for good rather than evil.
I made his pumpkin chili tonight and it was KILLER – a great, savory way to eat some pumpkin! I used freshly chopped pumpkin, but you can certainly substitute canned puree if it’s all you have.
Pumpkin Chili Recipe
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 2-3 cups white beans, depending on how many beans you like
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes or 6 fresh roma tomatoes, cut into ½ inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon sage
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1 tablespoon black strap molasses
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, for sauteing
- Add oil, onions and garlic to a deep pot (like a dutch oven or a metal soup pot). Sautee on medium heat until translucent.
- Add ground turkey and brown.
- Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock, spices and molasses. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let cool until warm and serve.
Healthy Italian Food
Having grown up eating Italian food, I never would have dreamed that there is such a thing as Healthy Italian Food. As I’ve grown in my cooking and nutrition, however, I’ve found that many Italian dishes can fit quite well into a nutritious diet.
This Tuscan Riboletta is one of my favorite things to eat at home – it’s so fast to make and I usually have all the ingredients in my kitchen. I whipped this up for a dinner party last week and served it with a side of store bought Italian Turkey Sausage. I made an easy bruschetta for an appetizer and BAM I had an Italian-themed dinner party.
This recipe has tons of veggies in it, along with protein and slow digesting carbs from the white beans. Try it out and let me know what you think!
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped small.
- 1 stalk celery, peeled and chopped small.
- ½ red onion
- 3 cups kale, chopped and stemmed
- 1 can diced tomatoes - no sodium added.
- 1.5 cups white beans, such as Cannelini or Northern Beans
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Bread for croutons, if desired.
- Pour one tablespoon of olive oil into the cast iron dutch oven.
- Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Sautee until soft.
- Place the fennel in a mortar and pestle. Grind with the pestle a few times, until the seeds are a little mashed up.
- Add diced tomatoes and fennel. Let cook for another minute.
- Add white beans and broth. Let simmer for 2 minutes and then add the kale.
- If you're making toasted croutons, chop your bread of choice into cubes, place on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil. Either place in a toaster oven or put the bread under a broiling pan for a few minutes - until the bread is crisp and browning.
- Cover and cook until the kale is soft.
One of my favorite warm, hearty meals for winter time is a lean Turkey Chili recipe that I got years ago from Patty, a personal trainer and manager at Equinox Fitness. Her turkey chili recipe was famous far and wide for it’s health AND flavor. My big secret is it’s also good cold, making it a great dish for summer time.
People with limited grocery shopping options will prefer to stick to the traditional lean ground turkey. Personally, I prefer free range and wild caught meats like venison, ostrich and buffalo. They are naturally lower in fat and are higher quality meats. My favorite hot sauce is Tapatio, with Valentina being a close second.
- - 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- - 1 Cup Chopped Sweet Onions
- - 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- - ¼ Cup Chopped Yellow Bell Peppers
- - 1 Pound Lean Ground Turkey
- - 1 (28-ounce) can crushed organic tomatoes, undrained
- - 1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- - 1 tablespoon chili powder
- - 1 tablespoon sugar
- - 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- - ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- - 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- - 1.5 Teaspoons Sea Salt
- - 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
- - ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- In a large skillet, saute onions, garlic and bell peppers in olive oil over medium heat until onions are translucent.
- Add ground turkey and cook until browned.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.