Thursday, October 21, 2010

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

I had some leftover pumpkin puree and wanted a new recipe to use it up. I found this, and quite liked it. The kiddos- even baby- liked it, too! It's a little lacking in flavor, so I added a little extra chili powder, and I think that the garnish is a must have. Enjoy the nice October meal!

Besides adding a sweet nutty flavor to dishes, pumpkin is a ready source of vitamin A, which boosts the nutrition content of this offbeat chili. Garnish each portion with a dollop of sour cream and chopped cilantro.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground white or dark meat turkey
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained


Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and add beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.

Serves 6


Per serving (about 12oz/348g-wt.): 280 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 23g total carbohydrate (8g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 20g protein

Recipe from

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Potato Pancakes with Avocado Mash and Eggs

I really don't like breakfast foods, and so I usually skip breakfast and eat an early lunch. But when I found this idea in a magazine and it actually looked appealing, I decided to give it a try. It was fast and easy and didn't make a big mess -- all requirements I have for early morning meals. AND it's yummy!

Frozen hashbrowns
Onion powder
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Season hashbrowns with salt, pepper, and onion powder. Heat a tbsp or so of olive oil over medium heat. Add hashbrowns and cover pan with foil. Cook a few minutes on each side until brown. Remove hashbrowns from plate. In same pan (adding more olive oil if needed) fry an egg as desired. Top hashbrowns with mashed avocado (seasoned with salt) and place egg on top. Serve!

This is my variation of the recipe. If you want to see the original from the magazine, click here. If you don't like fried eggs, I'm sure it would be good with scrambled or any other type of egg as well.