It’s about damn time that it’s Friday!!! A little bit about Chicago if you’ve never been here: Yesterday I was wearing flip flops and today I left my house wearing this:
Coat: Alice and Oliva via Gilt, Bag: Red by Valentino via Nordstrom Rack, Boots: Target 2008
Yup! Only in Chicago do you get a 30° drop in a single day. On a brighter note, how cute is my new coat?! It came in last week and I’m totally in love with it because it’s somewhat of a ‘dressy’ puffer coat. I always have a hard time finding a puffer coat that doesn’t make me look like a sumo wrestler - you know what I’m talking about!! This coat has the comfort and warmth of a typical puffer coat, but the style of a fabulous tulip dress. So much fun!
Moving on to more important matters – food. I’m making my first pumpkin recipe of the season and it’s not a dessert! “Crockpot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili” I know, I know, another Chili recipe, but I can’t help myself when it’s so easy and so delicious! I first heard about the recipe at “keeping up with Katie” which directed me to Gina’s ”skinnytaste” blog. I have been roaming around her site for the past two days, salivating at all her amazing recipes – I kid you not!
Crockpot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili
- 2 lb 99% lean ground turkey
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 1/2 a green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 poblano pepper, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (I used a tsp of already chopped garlic in a jar)
- 1 tsp chili powder, to taste
- 1/2 tsp of paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp parsley
- 1/4 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 (15 oz cans) of white northern or navy beans, rinsed and drained
- 15 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 4.5 oz canned chopped green chile
- 2 cups low sodium, fat free chicken broth
- chopped cilantro and chives for topping (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
Her recipe doesn’t call for paprika, parsley, basil, or peppers, but I threw them in there anyway because I’m crazy like that! I’m also not a big fan of cumin so I used less.
Last night, I chopped up the peppers and onion and measured out the spices:
This morning, I got up a little earlier and did the following:
Step 1: Brown the turkey for about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Saute the onion, garlic and cumin for a few minutes.
Step 3: Throw the turkey, beans, pumpkin, broth, veggies and spices in the crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4.
I hope it’s as delicious as it looks!!
Here is the nutritional info provided by Gina:
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 9 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 182.6 • Fat: 2.3 g • Protein: 23.3 g • Carb: 10.9 g • Fiber: 8.8 g • Sugar: 2.1
She posts the nutritional info on all of her recipes and includes weight watchers points! Awe-some.
As far as workouts go, I only took one class this week, but I do plan to do some form of exercise this weekend. I know it’s super easy to ‘fall off the wagon’ when Saturday and Sunday rolls around (I do pretty much all the time), but let’s stay strong and ‘say no to junk!’