I love pumpkin just as much as the next blogger and even though I’m a little late to the pumpkin game, I dove right into the spirit with a few orange recipes this week.
To start, I made a pumpkin chili in the crockpot. With talk of the first PV (polar vortex) of the season on the horizon, I knew that I would want some chili this week. Last year, I made an awesome Pumpkin Quinoa Chili, so I was willing to give the combo another try.
After I got everything in the crockpot, I busted out my food processor (I swear my kitchen does not have enough counter space or outlets to support all my toys). I have been wanting to make some raw energy balls to bring into the office for an afternoon pick me up.
Of course I went with the pumpkin ones. Although my texture was a little off, the flavor of these balls was great! I will have to try them again…
You can check out this website for the full Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites Recipe. If they turn out a little gooey, then I suggest freezing them. It worked like a charm! Back to the chili…my pumpkin chili turned out thick and spicy! I happen to love it, but it has a mushy texture. So if you don’t like that kind of thing in your chili, then add in some extra beans or lentils.
And although they look pretty funny, check out the Whoopie Pies I made for the BOY’s 33rd Birthday today! He ate 4 of them!
Recipe to come…
Meal Planning 11/11/14
Monday: Chinese Leftovers
Tuesday: Crockpot Pork
Wednesday: Turkey Tacos
What was the first pumpkin recipe you made this fall?
Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Adapted Slightly From Garnish with Lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground turkey (lean)
2 – 15 oz cans diced tomatoes (drained lightly)
2 – 15 oz cans pumpkin puree
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
4 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons cumin
2 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, chopped
In a large fry pan, cook onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until translucent. Add turkey and cook until meat is no longer pink.
Spray the bottom of a crockpot and add the turkey mixture. Layer on the tomatoes, sauce, pumpkin, spices, and chipotle peppers. Stir and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Serve with avocado, cheese, sour cream, chips or corn bread.