It’s not officially fall yet, but I think it’s safe to say that fall is definitely in the air! The days are getting shorter, and the mornings and nights are getting cooler. I LOVE it!
This past weekend, I made a point to stay in bed just a little longer to soak in that awesome cozy feeling that the coolness of fall brings. I enjoyed my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season from Starbucks and planned an equally warm and cozy meal to enjoy Sunday night.. all while curled up on the couch. 😉
I saw a picture of a sweet potato chili a few weeks ago, probably on Pinterest, and had decided that I would make my own creation as soon as the air got cooler. Sweet potatoes are in season now and dirt cheap in the stores, so I decided that yesterday would be the day.
This recipe is dead simple to make and perfect for a Sunday meal. It’s also completely packed with protein, making leftovers very enticing for a workout day. The meal took about 20 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook on the stove top making it the perfect meal to make while simply lounging around wrapped in a blanket with a cat on my lap. Once that first bite went into my mouth, I was instantly reminded of all the warm comforting meals I like to enjoy in the cooler months that seem to be abandoned when it’s piping hot outside.
So without further ado, my ode to fall.. in a pot.. or er.. bowl. 😉
What You Need:
- 1 lb lean ground chicken
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 4 small cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1/3 C un-cooked quinoa
- 1 can black beans, rinsed
- 1 can mushrooms (or 1 pk fresh)
- 1 large can diced tomatoes
- 1 can tomato paste
What You Do:
– start off by browning the chicken over medium heat
– while the meat is browning, prepare the other ingredients. Chop up your onions, garlic and sweet potatoes. *NOTE: leave the skin on the sweet potatoes! The skin is loaded with nutrients!
– once the meat is brown, stir in your onion and garlic to get them cooking
– At this point there should be some juices built up from the chicken and onions making it a perfect time to add your spices. Toss them all in here and give it a good stir.
– once you have the spices all blended in, start adding all other ingredients while carefully stirring the mixture after each addition
– carefully stir the entire mixture, then cover and simmer on low for approximately 30 minutes.
Now, I’m not big on spicy foods, so if you like things spicy, feel free to add some cayenne or chili flakes at the same time as the rest of the spices. If you’re good with mild dishes like me, the chili should be a-ok as is. 🙂
Best when enjoyed while curled up on the couch, with your favourite someone.