Hello divas! I hope that you have had a fantastic weekend and are ready for a great week. My weekend was a bit busy but still great fun. We had a bit of fall-like weather 2 weeks ago but a return to more seasonal weather last week. But that hasn’t stopped me from trying to get into the fall spirit.
For instance, I am already all over the pumpkin stuff. I mean I love pumpkin just about anything. And I especially love trying to use pumpkin in somewhat unconventional ways – such as my recipe today.
One of my favorite things to cook in the fall and winter are soups, stews and chilis because I can do so in large batches and in my crockpot. So today I thought I would share one of my favorite easy healthy recipes – 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