Heart-healthy pumpkin chili

Try this recipe for lunch on crisp fall days

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Like it or not, the leaves are falling. And, for many, that means spending weekends outside with rake in hand. When lunchtime rolls around, there’s nothing like a hot bowl of protein-packed chili to warm you up and replenish your energy.

This season, switch it up by adding a distinctly different taste to your chili: pumpkin. This simple pumpkin chili recipe will keep you warm and energized, and it’s heart healthy, too!

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Easy and delicious pumpkin chili

chili_pumpkin_320x320If you love the taste of pumpkin, this unique twist on chili just might become a fall favorite. Pumpkin chili is easy, delicious and good for you. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sue Ryskamp, who served it up at her monthly “Nutritious Is Delicious” food-tasting event to rave reviews, shares her recipe.


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup canned organic pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 (14 oz) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can no-salt-added light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28 oz) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

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