A tree + Birthday (Pumpkin) Chili

Hey guys! Whew, it has been busy leading up this semester’s final exams. I can’t wait to share this week’s meal plan though (I will soon!). I have a new recipe (or 2) that I have incorporated and a whole chicken. I wanted to throw the chicken in the crock-pot so I could make some healthy broth. After reading more (not finished!) in my Practical Paleo book about the healing and health benefits of homemade broth, I thought it would be great to make this week. David and I have both been sick, so we are ready to be healthy and wanting to incorporate all the power foods we can.

But first, here is a look at the holiday cheer that has entered our home followed by a yummy recipe and ending with what has been going on! Enjoy :) Can’t wait to post the meal plan– week 6! Wow :)
So…


No I didn’t just take a picture of a random worker in Lowes… We got a Christmas tree.


David strapped it on the top of my vehicle… even sick he secured it well and it made it home!


We decorated the tree (sorry for the iPhone pictures, sometimes it is the most convenient!). But we needed more lights… so I went to Target! And let me tell you… this was the first tree we went to. It was perfect and after skimming through others we knew it was the one! David has the eye for Christmas trees– just the perfect shape and look! Love it.


So, yeah, Target… Where I bought these adorable stockings, a tree skirt, a tree topper, and lights :) Love Target and I love their new line, Threshold. No worries I didn’t forget the lights and David suggested I look at the other Christmas decor for us to start our Christmas stash! Ya know, it was the “married” thing to do. You buy stockings and tree skirts. Tree toppers. ;)


I thought some cookies might make it feel more “birthday weekend” (it was David’s birthday this weekend!) and it was festive… so we had cookies, watched The Elf, and finished the tree!

Since David was sick, our reservation at The Melting Pot (that was our last visit!) got cancelled, but that didn’t mean that we couldn’t have a delicious birthday dinner! I made a big pot of… pumpkin chili.


You know I try a lot of recipes… most I will tweak according to what I have on hand. Or I will scurry and write down what David has thrown into the pan/pot :) But when I ran across this recipe at the Health-Bent blog, I knew I wanted to follow the recipe precisely. It sounded delicious! And guess what? It was! I think I will make it and bring to the CrossFit Christmas party as a great paleo option!

Health-Bent’s Paleo Pumpkin Chili
Link to the original here- make sure to go check out their blog!

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 8 cloves of garlic (diced- we used more than called for)
  • 14 ounce can of pumpkin puree
  • 28 ounce can of diced and fire roasted tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 2 4 ounce cans of diced green chilies (assumed they were roasted)
  • Coconut Oil (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt
  • Spices: chili powder (2 tablespoons), cumin (2 tablespoons), paprika (1 tablespoon), salt (2 teaspoons), coriander (2 teaspoons), cinnamon (2 teaspoons), cocoa powder (2 teaspoons), garlic powder (1 teaspoon), and cayenne pepper (1/2 teaspoon).

I just had to use a little more of some of the ingredients… and until writing this up I didn’t realize I forgot to use my stock! Ha, I am thinking the pumpkin puree added more liquid to mine as opposed to using regular diced pumpkin.

  • How to: 1) Warm the coconut oil over medium high heat in a large soup pot. 2) Use a large bowl and combine your spice mixture. 3) Brown the ground beef. Then dip out with a slotted spoon (finally got one!!) and place in the bowl with your spices. 4) Saute the onion and garlic- while that is going stir the beef in with the spices (smells amazing!!). 5) Add in the rest of the ingredients, along with the beef, and simmer until you can’t wait any longer :)
    *Instead of serving with what sounded like a delicious addition (avocado cream), I went with David’s guacamole he whipped up with red bell peppers and tomatoes!


Y’all this is such a healthy chili… no beans but yet it tastes like they are in there. It is weird! The spice mixture is out of this world…. Health Bent amazed me and I will now be searching their website more for other delicious recipes to add in the meal plan.
Please give this chili a try… it is out of this world good!


Know what else is good?? Pomegranate! Love these little gems. They remind me of gushers… remember those little gummy candies? LOVED them… this is nature’s version :)


Isn’t that the cutest little snowman… the professor me and my friend (HEY KEELIN!!) TA for took us to Starbucks for a little celebratory snack after we gave the final. So sweet and thoughtful!

So since this post ended up longer than expected… I will post the meal plan #6 tomorrow.

Stay healthy out there,
Courtney

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