Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

Honestly before Sunday, I had never even heard of pumpkin chili. I have never been a huge fan of chili, but just recently I have been craving some. Last week I made a delicious "Steak and Shake Copycat Chili" which created a love for chili. The other day a friend texted me and asked if I had a recipe for Pumpkin Chili. I immediately searched Pinterest. I found 2 that I really liked, but couldn't quite settle on one. I ended up pulling from 3 different recipes to make this, and boy was it delicious! This friend also opened my eyes to the wonders of cornbread waffles. I don't know where I have been living for the past 26 years, but I'm pretty sure those need to be made ASAP. I hope you love this chili as much as my family does!

2T of Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 sweet onion
1.3 lbs of ground turkey
7 oz of chicken maple sausage chopped—I used patties
8 oz Pure Pumpkin
2 cans of Kidney Beans
1 can 26 ounces of tomato sauce
1 can 27 ounces of diced tomatoes
2T chili powder 
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp of brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Place olive oil in a pan on medium heat, once hot place onions and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Brown the turkey and sausage. Add the rest of the ingredients to your crock pot. After the turkey and sausage are finished, drain and place in crock pot. Stir together and cook on High for 4 hours. I served it over top a delicious cornbread waffle!


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Monday, September 21, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

It has been forever since we have had a Menu Plan Monday, and we are really missing out on the planned meals over here. With some help from a couple friends that have helped me plan this week...I have put together a yummy plan for our week. I hope you enjoy all the great dishes this week!

MondayQuesadilla Bake

Wednesday- Pepperoni and Kalamata Olives Pizza

Friday- Date Night

Saturday or SundayOne Pan Fettuccine Alfredo

What are you planning to make for dinner this week? 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Pumpkin Banana Smoothies

I regret to inform you that Menu Plan Monday will not be occurring this week has not occurred in weeks. I just got back from a wonderful vacation in St.Augustine with my mom and siblings. It was a much needed relaxing weekend, while my hubby played softball in Ohio. I barely touched my computer this week (or the last few weeks--sorry), so starting this week I plan to get back on track. Many confessions need to be made, as well as lots of new favorites. 

I only thought it was fitting that I share a Pumpkin recipe on Labor Day. Somehow, I was able to get a pumpkin spice latte on Saturday? Has anyone else had one? I had no idea they were out yet! It was delicious. After seeing some mom friends post about a new pumpkin banana chobani yogurt for little ones I decided I would make my own. I hardly make it to the store anymore (thank you Shipt), and am all about making homemade vs. store bought. These go straight in the freezer, then to the lunch box, they defrost in about 3 hours--just in time for snack! This makes for a great extra ice pack as well!

Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

1 Cup Pure Pumpkin
2 Bananas
1 1/2 Cups of Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
Sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix everything in a blender, blend and pour into pouches. Freeze and throw into lunchbox. 

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