Pumpkin Lentil Chili(CrockPot)
Updated: Jan 23
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The season is here. It's time to wipe down those crockpots and put them to use! We are officially into CrockPot season. Every week I will be adding a new Crock Pot recipe so stay tuned. I'm here to help make your life easier and yummier.
As a Nutrition Coach my goal is to help you create meals that incorporate are delicious, filling, and provide enough nutrients that will keep you full and satisfied. Adding Lentils in with your Chili can provide extra protein which will make you feel fuller longer and one single servings equals 32% of your daily fiber intake. Lentils are also gluten free, provide essential nutrients and vitamins and help you hit your daily macro goals. Along with the Ground Turkey adding in the main protein source for this meal packing 32 grams in just 1 cup with 0 carbs and only 16 grams of fat.
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Now let's make some chili. When I'm creating new recipe my goal is to get as many veggies and nutrients in my dishes without ruining the flavor, or creating something my kids will not touch. Sneaking in veggies here and there will help your kids hit their daily nutrition goals and you'll have a mom-win for making something that they will grab another bowl of.
Pumpkin Lentil Chili
You can use Ground Beef as alternative, I had ground turkey in my fridge so I used that. Ground Turkey will be less fat than Ground Beef. But I suggest always using what's in your freezer/fridge first.
2 1 lb packages of Ground Turkey
1-2 tablespoons butter
1-2 Tablespoons Minced garlic
1/4 cup of green peppers
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 Can Red kidney beans
1 Can Organic black beans
1/3 Cup red lentils
3 cans Fire roasted diced tomatoes
1/3 cup of water
1/3 Cup of Pumpkin
1 chili packet
1 Tsp Garlic powder
Salt/pepper to taste
Corn Chips or tortilla chips
Sharp cheddar cheese
Brown Ground turkey in frying pan and drain grease, set to the side.
Using a medium pot, take 1 tbsp of butter and saute' minced garlic for a few minutes on med/high heat, then add in another tablespoon of butter and add onions, peppers and saute' until they are golden brown.
Add all ingredients to Crockpot, ground turkey, kidney beans, black beans and lentils and fire roasted tomatoes, then 1/3 cup of water, 1/3 cup of Pumpkin, chili packet, salt and pepper to taste
Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours
Serve in bowls and top with your favorite toppings! Our family loves Sour cream, cheddar cheese, avocado and chips
Let me know when you make it and share your experience in preparing the recipe!!