Home Economics: Pumpkin chili… Fall comfort food!

imageIf you haven’t yet tried one of my soups or stews, you HAVE to make this one! It’s the best! I stumbled upon this recipe years ago when I started at a Crossfit gym and learned about the Paleo lifestyle. I originally found this pumpkin chili recipe on Feed Me Paleo. Click here for the original recipe.

imageAll the ingredients can easily be found at Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store. Of course, I had to modify the recipe a bit. I used 2 lbs of ground turkey instead of 3 lbs and added a bag of shredded carrots. I also had some extra zucchini noodles, or zoodles, so I threw them in as well. There is something about the combination of the chipotle salsa and the pumpkin flavor that tastes soooo good. This recipe is on constant rotation all fall. It’s great on its own, but it is even better over a baked sweet potato. Enjoy!

You can easily make a vegetarian version of this chili by swapping out the meat for beans and more veggies.

Homework: What would you serve with this pumpkin chili?

Home Economics: Two ingredient pumpkin cookies

imageMy pumpkin obsession continues with the easiest recipe ever! All you need for the world’s greatest pumpkin cookies is a box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin. That’s it! Click here for the official recipe on the Cookies and Cups website. It’s so simple!

You can add frosting to the cookies or make them into muffins. You could also add chocolate chips or toffee bits! The possibilities are endless!

A box of cake mix with a can of pumpkin and the cookie recipe would make an awesome hostess gift!

Homework: What would you add to the pumpkin cookie recipe?

Home Economics: Strawberry balsamic chicken

imageI found this recipe on Pinterest and thought it sounded so good. Well, I made it last night and it is amazing! You can find the original recipe here at Gimme Some Oven. The above photo is from the Gimme Some Oven website. My version didn’t turn out quite as pretty, but it tasted delicious! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory with the strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

I almost followed the recipe perfectly, except I used more strawberries and I added some shaved Parmesan cheese, since I had some in the fridge. The original recipe only has six ingredients, so it’s simple and easy to make.

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First, I gathered the ingredients and placed the chicken breast in a ziplock bag with the balsamic vinegar and made the caprese topping. It was so easy… Sliced strawberries, torn up basil, mozzarella cheese, and then I added Parmesan shavings. Extra cheese is always a good thing!

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Then I baked the chicken breast and reduces the additional balsamic vinegar.

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When the chicken was finished cooking, I put each breast in a plastic container, added the reduced balsamic vinegar and added the strawberry/basil/cheese topping. Done! Delicious!

Homework: What is your favorite savory/sweet recipe?