Wednesday, November 2, 2011

*Recipe Review* Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

Healthy Haul from Earthfare today!  My favorite food product ever is hidden in this picture.  Will reveal in Favorite Things Thursday.
After the long drive home from work today, I needed some healthy comfort food, so chili sounded awesome to me.  Other blog friends have liked this recipe, so I thought I'd give it a try.  The recipe can be found here at .  I made a few omissions and substitutions to suit my taste and healthy eating philosophy.
Omissions:  sour cream and chives (I avoid dairy whenever possible.  As my 8 year says, "Momma gets all weird when she eats dairy."  No intentional avoidance of chives, just didn't have any.)   Additions:  red pepper flakes and some brown sugar.  I like my chili spicy hot, baby.
Salad was the perfect accompaniment:  organic baby spring mix with fresh tomatoes from our garden and Newman's Own Olive oil and vinegar.
After a little tweaking I liked the recipe.  Before the tweaks it tasted rather bland to me.  Also could have used some salt, but I avoided adding any because I assumed the beans had a mountain load already.  It definitely hit the spot for healthy comfort food. 

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  1. Thanks for the review on pumpkin chilli I need to make that. I ate some of my co-workers chilli today and I am paying the price now. Beans are called the musical fruit for a good reason lol ;)

  2. Cat, I made some adjustments as well. I added more onion and garlic than the recipe called for. Also I added double the chili powder and then some chipotle chilii powder. Lastly I added a good dose of kosher salt and cracked black pepper. I did top with about a tablespoon of sour cream and some grated mexican cheddar jack cheese. Would have liked some scallions and cilantro but I was out. It was good!I'm sure the pumpkin added great nutrients, fiber and some texture, but as I said, if you don't like pumpkin, you won't know it's in there!

  3. Pumpkin? Who knew?
    Sounds and looks great! I, too, avoid the dairy. Like Patty however, I LOVE cilantro and scallions!!

  4. Thanks for the comments everyone! Pattie I love cheese it just doesn't love me. Michelle I absolutely LOVE cilantro. should have added some. Nothings better to me than homemade salsa with fresh cilantro. Katie your comment made me laugh. thanks. :)

  5. Hi Cat! I leave this chili bland for the 9 yr old and then my 14 yr old and I add more garlic, onions, chipotle and I even add hot sauce. My 14 yr old added cream cheese to it and said it was good. I LOVE cilantro and like that idea too!

  6. I agree that it needs something I added hot sauce as well. I will have to try it again and add more stuff.
    Have a good day :-)

  7. I have heard a lot about the chili and have been wanting to try it. I understand that you cant even taste the pumpkin in it. Great way to get some veggies into your diet too.

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