Monthly Archives: October 2012

Turkey Pumpkin Chili



I don’t know about you guys – but it is suddenly cold here in Tennessee.  As in, “I sure could go for a bowl of chili” cold.  Also, it is right before Halloween, so I have pumpkin on my mind too.  Solution?  Turkey Pumpkin Chili.  It is as good as it sounds!  I found the recipe at




–          2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

–          1 small yellow onion, chopped

–          1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped

–          2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, and finely chopped

–          2 cloves garlic

–          1 pound turkey meat

–          1 can (14.5 OZ) diced tomatoes with their liquid

–          1 can (15 OZ) pumpkin puree

–          1 cup water

–          1 tablespoon chili powder (I used 2 tablespoons – but we like things spicy at my house)

–          1 teaspoon ground cumin

–          ½ teaspoon salt (you could leave this out and it would still be fabulous)

–          Ground black pepper to taste

–          1 can (15 OZ) kidney beans, rinsed and drained.  (Don’t eat beans as part of your paleo/primal diet?   No worries – just leave them out.)


–          Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat.  Add onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, and garlic.  Cook, stirring frequently, until tender – about 5 minutes.  Add turkey and cook until browned.  Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, and spices.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and add beans.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.  Ladle into bowls and serve.

We had leftovers from this meal.  My bet is that it freezes beautifully – even more to look forward to on the next cold night!


Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries



Really – do I have to say anything else to sell you on these beauties?  Nope, didn’t think so.  Here’s the recipe.  I found it at



–         1 or 2 sweet potatoes cut into fries about the thickness of your pinky finger.

–         Bacon – don’t’ use the thick cut.  I used the nitrate free from Trader Joe’s.


–         Preheat the oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

–         Cut the bacon into smaller pieces– I just cut it in half and then half again.

–         Wrap the fries in the bacon and put them in the oven for about 30 to 45 minutes –keep checking to make sure the bacon is totally done.

Enjoy!  We loved these – I hope you do too!