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Hearty & Healthy Turkey and Pumpkin Chili

Simple wholesome food for those days when you need a meal ready to eat lickety-split!

Hearty, Healthy Turkey Pumpkin Chili

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Servings:  6
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Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :1 hour 30 minutes
Course : Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine : American
Diet : Gluten Free
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.
Calories 395
Fat 16
Carbohydrates 36.6
Protein 29

During busy pre-holiday schedules, when the weather turns colder, there’s nothing better than warming up with dinner served in a bowl that screams, “Make Me!” Simple, wholesome food for those days when you want a meal ready to eat lickety-split! This Hearty & Healthy, Sweet-n-Slightly Spicy Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe is now one of my go-to meals that’s super satisfying, has excellent flavor, is easy to make, and is simple to double or triple the batch if you’re feeding a crowd. Perfect for throwing together or making ahead for a dinner that’s ready in no time flat!

The inspiration for this Turkey and Pumpkin Chili recipe came after a week of being too busy to make it by the grocery store. My dear hubby was going to be home in less than an hour. So, I was looking for ingredients for what might be called “Kitchen-Sink Chili,” made from ingredients that I typically have on hand in my freezer, pantry, and refrigerator.

What could be better than a warm bowl of chili when the weather turns cold? My answer would be to make the chili hearty, healthy and low in calories too!

That’s when I discovered I was out of all types of ground frozen burgers, kidney beans, chili beans, and green peppers, all of which I use in my beef-based chili recipe. My heart began to pick up its pace.

What now? Humm, I stood as if frozen in my footsteps with the freezer door wide open, gawking, pondering, thinking, wondering…

Spying a nearly 6-month-old package of frozen ground turkey, I grabbed it quicker than a one-armed bandit! Almost jumping for joy, I turn, catching the freezer door with my foot to close it, “This could be what’s for dinner tonight,” I reaffirm out loud.

By the way, talking to yourself is permissible, especially when you need inspiration and have no idea what you’re about to come up with for dinner.

Another glance at my watch shows fifty minutes and counting before dear hubby is home.

Not that he expects dinner to be on the table when he arrives. He doesn’t. It’s all in my head, the reasoning, agonizing about why something needs to be simmering on the stove or baking in the oven, awaiting his arrival. It’s entirely a hang-up I own.

I’m sure some psychotherapist somewhere could explain why I put this pressure on myself. Nevertheless, I do it. For whatever reason, I have this crazy idea that if dinner is underway and I can make it look like everything in our world is harmonious, life rolling along blissfully, then, in fact, it will be just that: no stress, no worries, simply a blissful world at Lac du Nibiinaabe.

Another glance at my watch confirms that it is just forty-five minutes now.

“C’mon girl, get with it! No time to spare.” The voice in my head propels me into action.

I begin loading my arms with fixings from the pantry – Canned Tomatoes, Baby Butter Beans (“Thoughts” – Yes/No??? Yes. The flavor of the beans should go well enough with turkey.), Red Onion, Canned Pumpkin (WHAT? Canned PUMPKIN??? Oh, what the hey, YES, Canned Pumpkin. I think I’ve read about using it in chili somewhere.)

All ingredients gathered, plop, or thud into the skillet, and the frozen ground turkey is finally on the stovetop. Add a little water, medium heat, and cover with a lid; the frozen mass is on its way to thawing quickly. Thanks to my mix-n-chop-it tool, as the turkey thaws and cooks, it’s easy to break down into smaller pieces in the pan. Then comes the olive oil to brown the meat on all sides.

While the turkey cooks, I chop up the onion and yellow pepper from the fridge, then add them to the skillet to sauté along with garlic before stirring in the remaining ingredients.

The magic begins. The kitchen transformed into a pleasing place full of warmth. “It smells wonderful in here!”

I turn the burner to a low simmer. The breezeway door opens—Hubby’s home.

“Hi, honey! Glad you made it!”

Under my breath, I breathed a silent sigh of relief. Whew! Calming, the tension in my body relaxes; I smile, knowing that everything has come together just in time.

“How was your day?” I ask casually. “Oh, and by the way – dinner should be ready in about thirty minutes…”

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Hearty, Healthy Turkey Pumpkin Chili for Breakfast Too!
Yummy for breakfast! Poach an egg or two, and serve over Hearty & Healthy, Sweet-n-Slightly Spicy Turkey Pumpkin Chili with your favorite brand of grated cheddar cheese and parsley to garnish...

Most importantly, a quick fifteen minutes is all it takes to get this yummy chili ready to simmer. That’s not bad for a dish that can easily be reheated, last a few days, and is perfect as part of breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Hearty & Healthy, Sweet-n-Slightly Spicy Turkey Pumpkin Chili that’s super easy and quick to make on the stovetop or in the slow-cooker. It’ll stick to your ribs – not to your waistline!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 395 kcal

INGREDIENTS
 
 

  • 1 pound ground Turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Red Onion diced
  • 1 medium Yellow Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 clove Garlic (fresh or jarred), minced
  • 1 can Pumpkin
  • 1 can Baby Butter Beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes canned, packed in juice
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock or 1 Chicken Bouillon packet plus one cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cheddar Cheese grated for topping.
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INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Heat a large deep skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and ground turkey, stir and chop to brown the meat on all sides.
  • Add onion, pepper, and garlic to the skillet, sauté for about three minutes until the onion begins to turn translucent and peppers are slightly tender.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients, turning in the pan until everything is combined. Reduce burner heat to medium-low and simmer for 30-45 minutes for the flavors to blend*.
  • Serve with Cheddar Cheese
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Nutrition

Calories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 36.6gProtein: 29gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.8gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 576.4mgPotassium: 1079.9mgFiber: 11.5gSugar: 10.8gVitamin A: 637.6IUVitamin C: 37.1mgCalcium: 231.9mgIron: 4.8mg
Keyword Chili, pumpkin, quick and easy, turkey

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