Hello divas! I hope that you have had a fantastic week so far and are starting to make plans for a wonderful weekend ahead. I am traveling again – this time to St. Louis where I will be running another half marathon this weekend. I’m super excited. Another thing I am excited about is the fact that it is starting to feel more like fall around here. And that means getting my crockpot out to make some fun easy healthy recipes. One of my favorite things to cook are soups, stews and chilis. So today I thought I would share one of my favorites – my healthy crockpot turkey veggie chili.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a good bowl of chili – I am a southern girl born and raised after all. When I was trying to come up with this recipe, I wanted to do something a little different. I knew I still wanted meat in it (though you could substitute either tofu or quinoa if you wanted to go meatless). I also knew that it needed to be loaded with veggies because, let’s face it, very few of us get enough of them in our diets and a dish like this is a great way to sneak them in.
So I set out to make my chili. Because of a busy week, I opted to cook it in my trusty crockpot so I could throw all the ingredients in it and forget about it until time to eat. It worked like a charm and made it so easy to actually travel with the chili as well if I wanted to head out to a party or tailgate. For the ingredients, I started off with ground turkey as my meat so that it would be both low in fat and calories. I added some corn, peppers and onions, tomatoes, beans, and my secret ingredient – pumpkin. That’s right. I added a can of pumpkin puree to the ingredients (did you know pumpkin is a veggie?). It made the chili smell sooooo good and gave it a unique flavor and texture that those at the party loved.
After the meat a veggies came all the extra spices and such that gives the chili its flavor. I added some paprika to give it a smoky flavor as well as the traditional chili powder and cumin for some spice. Now I like my chili a little on the hot side so I also added a bit of hot sauce to kick it up a bit. To top it off, there is a dab of pumpkin pie spice, lime juice and Kentucky bourbon. If you are not a drinker or cook with alcohol you can leave this last ingredient off. I just like it because it added to the smoky sweet and spicy flavor.
That’s it. After all the ingredients were added, I simply cooked it for about 6 hours on high and headed to the party. I topped it with some shredded cheese and plain greek yogurt (instead of sour cream). I brought home a super fun trophy with this recipe that I now have to display prominently in my home all year. Oh and I get to judge next year so that’s going to be super fun.Check out this #easypeasy #healthy turkey veggie chili #recipe #crockpot #awardwinningClick To Tweet
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