Turkey Pumpkin Chili & A Blog Anniversary!

I do love me some pumpkin but have always associated it with sweeter foods like pumpkin muffins, low fat pumpkin pie, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin butter or pumpkin cranberry baked oatmeal bars. For a long time I have seen savory recipes that incorporate canned pumpkin but hadn’t taken the plunge myself. That is until a couple of days ago after stumbling across this well rated chili recipe on the Whole Foods website. It was a cold day, perfect chili weather and all the ingredients were in stock so the adventure began.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Flavorful – Spicy – Delicious – Filling

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

You would never know there is an entire can of pumpkin puree in this chili recipe. The secret ingredient wasn’t revealed to hubby Tom until after we ate dinner. I’m sneaky like that!

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I asked Hubby Tom if he knew that there was pumpkin in the chili. He said he had no clue as he didn’t taste it – me neither.  The pumpkin adds fiber gives you a nice dose of healthy beta-carotene and makes this chili extra thick. Usually I feel like chili needs to simmer for a few hours for the flavors to develop but this recipe had so much flavor after just a thirty minute simmer. Love that. This recipe will be made again!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

  •  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground white meat turkey
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin – I used 2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can chopped green chilies – my addition

Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and add beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.

Yield: 6 Servings

Serving Size: 1 1/3 cups

Nutritional Information

Per Serving:280 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (8g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 20g protein  WWPP 7

Nutmeg Notes

Meyers Lemon

This is my second crop of Meyers Lemons harvested from my own tree – they are huge, juicy and so sweet! Because of  the cold spell we have been having we decided to go ahead and pick them all yesterday.  They will keep in the frig for a week or so and then what hasn’t been used will get juiced and frozen in ice cube trays. Once frozen just transfer the lemon cubes to a freezer bag. They thaw quickly whenever lemon juice is needed for a recipe and the flavor is so much better than the stuff that comes in a bottle! So if you are ever tempted to buy a bag of lemons or limes at the store and don’t think you can use them up before they spoil just juice them and freeze the juice. Easy-peasy.

Nutmeg Notebook Blog Anniversary!

Three years ago yesterday with the help of my son and my future son in law, I launched Nutmeg Notebook. To prepare for blogging I took an on line computer course through a local community college to learn a little more about the computer. In advance of going public, ten posts were written about recipes so there would be a little content for people to read. Then I took and leap of faith and posted on facebook and couple of message boards that I had a blog. This was big for me as I am more of an introvert! That first day I had second thoughts, I didn’t think the blog would be good enough. I thought people would judge me.

The fear of course is that no one will read your blog or leave comments! At first it was just a handful of friends, family and Internet friends from message boards that visited the blog. After leaving comments on other blogs that I had a blog, my readership started to grow.

The best part about blogging has been the relationships that have developed. Can you really make friends over the Internet? I say yes you can! I feel a kinship with many other bloggers and readers of this blog who either love to cook like I do, are trying to stay fit and improve their healthy lifestyle or who have struggled with their own weight loss issues. With out the blog our paths would never have crossed as we live in different parts of the country. Its a real joy to get to know the readers of this blog. I am grateful to those of you who follow along, try the recipes, seek out the food finds and read my rambling notes! There are many who read and don’t comment and I know that commenting in a public forum isn’t a comfortable thing for everyone. Some of you email me your thoughts and questions and I welcome any and all forms of communication.

It’s these relationships that have developed that keep me blogging. If it wasn’t for the friendships and connection I feel with you the reader I wouldn’t keep the blog going. You have given me support and encouragement through my surgeries and the ups and downs of losing weight and trying to stay fit. I have learned much from you and appreciate that you take the time out of your own busy life to stop by here and read my blog.

Today I have to say that I am grateful that I decided to step out of my comfort zone and took what felt like a giant leap of faith and started this blog. It’s been three years of learning and growing.

Thank you for your support and your friendship!


I am truly glad you are here and hope you will leave a comment. 🙂

What do you enjoy most about Nutmeg Notebook, recipes, food finds, nutrition information, hiking posts, travel posts, weight loss tips?

Have you used pumpkin in a savory recipe?

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  1. Jane says:

    Happy anniversary – very exciting! I’m glad you took that leap of faith too 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Jane!

  2. Deb says:

    Congrats!!!! I love your recipes. Keep them coming!

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Deb!

  3. Lori says:

    I think you can be friends with someone on the internet. Then if you get a chance to meet in real life, it really ends up being fun because you already know each other!

    I have made pumpkin soup before, but I tend to just eat my pumpkin in semi sweet or sweet dishes.

    1. Tami says:

      I have only met one of my internet friends but you are right we felt like old friends by the time we got to meet in person.

  4. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    Happy anniversary!

    I love all your posts and always enjoy the Nutmeg Notes at end of your posts. They really allow your readers to get to know.

    Beautiful lemons!

    1. Tami says:

      Thank You Andrea!

  5. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Happy Bloggiversary, Tami!

    Here’s hoping for another 3 years (or more)! 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      I can’t believe how quickly 3 years have passed!

  6. Debby G. says:

    Happy Anniversary! Enjoy reading your blog, and always look forward to trying your recipes.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Debby!

  7. Sharon says:

    I don’t remember exactly how we found each other, but I am so glad we did. We began our blogs within three months of each and I felt an instant kinship with you even though we live on opposite sides of the country. I enjoy every post and look forward to seeing you pop up in my reader. To celebrate your anniversary, we had your Baked Acorn Squash for dinner tonight. (Actually, I had no idea it was your blog anniversary, but we really did have the acorn squash tonight.! LOL!) I surely hope we have the opportunity to meet in person someday, some way!

    1. Tami says:

      I felt a kinship with your from the start as well Sharon! I remember finding your blog and loving your hiking photos but I couldn’t say for sure how that happened. Most likely I saw a comment that you left on some other blog and clicked on your name which took me to your blog.

      Of course you inspired me to try the 17 Day Diet so we have that in common as well as a love of hiking in the great outdoors and we have been married about the same amount of time! Kindred spirits for sure.

      How funny that you had that acorn squash on my blog anniversary! I need to get some more of those as I am all out right now.

  8. Jody - Fit at 55 says:

    Happy blog anniversary!!! You have done so well with this & all the wonderful recipes & info shared! I hope to meet some of the great blog people!!! That means you too! 🙂

    Love the recipe as always. All I need now is you to cook for me! 😉

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you for your faithful support Jody! I would think that there would plenty of bloggers living down your way that could have a blogger meet up!

  9. Lynn P. says:

    Hi Tami-
    Happy blog anniversary! I don’t know how I landed on your blog originally but I sure added you to my favorites. You come across as such a nice and sincere person. I am very grateful for all of your posts as I can only imagine it takes a lot of time.

    I enjoy your recipes very much with the nutrition and WWPP (I just joined last week) and the healthy choices you share with us.

    So happy for you your foot is healing. All the best in 2013 and I look forward to your future posts!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Lynn-

      Thank you for your sweet comments! Good to know that you like the WWPP values on the recipes. I always wonder how many readers need that information.

      Congratulations on joining WW – and I wish you much success with your weight loss and healthy lifestyle.

      Blog posts do take a great deal of time – at least for me. I am slow on the computer and usually spend at least 2 hours for a simple post and one with lots of links, photos and a recipe I have to write up from scratch and configure nutritional information can take me up to 4 hours! It’s a labor of love, I enjoy the creative outlet and knowing that it helps others put a healthy meal on the table makes it so worth the time!

      I hope you will keep me posted on your success with WW.


  10. margie says:

    Wow Tami
    Three years! Happy Anniversary.
    Hope there are pleanty more to come.
    As I have said before I really enjoy reading your blog daily!
    I know it sounds crazy but I fel like we are friends! The way you write comes across as if you are sitting here with me enjoying our marning coffee!
    I am still about ten pounds away from my WW goal and love your WW points that you post. I love to cook but sometimes I get bored with my daily stuff!! I am am addicted to reading cookbooks. Your blog offers great variety! Please keep it going!!
    Glad to see the foot is on the mends. Still don’t rush it take care.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Margie!

      I don’t think it sounds crazy that you feel like we are friends – I feel that kinship with you the readers as well!

      I had to laugh when I read “I am addicted to reading cookbooks” me too! I can read cookbooks like novels – too many recipes – so little time. I too get bored with the same old menu and love to shake things up now and then.

      Thank you for the well wishes! I am taking this foot recovery a day at a time. It’s a roller coaster ride for sure!

      I hope you will check in often and let me know how the weight loss is going. I am delighted to know you are enjoying the recipes and having the WWPP on them as well.

      Wishing you much success.


  11. Linda says:

    Happy Anniversary, Tami! I check your blog several times a week and really enjoy your posts about new recipes, new products, your weight loss and fitness journey. I enjoy ALL of your posts! Thank you for the element of honesty and candor that makes your blog so readable. I admire your dedication to blogging but also the limits you have placed on posting several times a week. This inspires me to enjoy the blogs I read but to get my workout gear on and get moving! Best wishes for your recovery–Linda, a fellow Northern Californian

    1. Tami says:

      Linda I am delighted that you enjoy the blog posts, recipes and my ramblings! I always enjoy your comments and it makes me happy to know you are following along but still taking time away from the computer for your exercise! It’s all about finding the right balance in our lives. 🙂

      Thank you for the well wishes for my recovery. It’s slow going but I know the finish line is out there! 🙂


  12. Kim Holt says:

    So glad you decided to blog. I found out about your blog when I was doing ww online. As a relatively new cook I have loved your blog. Sometimes life gets busy and I don’t always get a chance to keep up with it but whenever I am looking for a new recipe I always go to your site first. I have many of your recipes printed and in my binder of “recipes to try”

    I also love reading about your food finds especially at Trader Joes, Walmart, and Costco, since we have them here. Your success on the 17 day diet also encouraged me to give it a try. In fact back on Phase 1…..doing a modified version as sometimes when I put the all or nothing mentality I set myself up for failure. I am so glad you blog!

    You helped me with the menu for a wonderful ladies lunch in the fall and with scrumptious things I can bring to other peoples homes. Thank you!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Kim, I noticed you hadn’t been around much and figured life was busy for you right now. Good to know you enjoy the food finds – they are popular! I like the idea of a modified cycle 1 of the 17DD. I like cycle 2 because it offers more variety and like you said “the all or nothing mentality” can set us up for failure. It’s awesome when you figure out a plan that works for you!

      It was fun helping you with the menu for the ladies lunch and I was so thrilled when it all turned out so well!

      Thank you for being a loyal reader!

      Wishing you all the best!


  13. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary, Tami!!!

    I’m so jealous of your Meyer Lemon tree!!!

    Hope your foot is feeling good today!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Jenn! I always look forward to your comments and am happy that you follow the blog.

      I am thrilled with how well my Meyers Lemon tree has done. Now I want a lime tree!

      Thank you for the well wishes. 🙂


  14. Biz says:

    Happy Anniversary!! I have no idea which one of us found each other, but I am most happy that we did. I agree with you – I have so many friends that I haven’t “met” but I do call all of my blog friends my friends. My husband will never get it!

    I’ve added pumpkin to chili before too, and unless you know its there, you can’t taste it. Sadly my husband saw the can on the counter, and he was out!

    I’ve not been able to find meyer lemons, they look gorgeous, but I’ve tagged this recipe to make with regular ones – you might like it!


    1. Tami says:

      I don’t remember who found who either Biz but I sure am glad we did! I think my hubby feels like he “knows” many of you as well just from reading the comments left here! I think .

      he gets it!

      Thank you for the recipe link, that looks like an amazing recipe. I hope to try it soon. chicken and lemon go so well together.

      Meyers Lemons don’t travel well so they are not available everywhere. I have seen them a time or two at Sam’s Club.

      Thank you for your faithful support here on the blog!


  15. Veronica says:

    Happy blogoversary! I started mine a few months before you and I remember being nervous too! I totally understand what you mean when you say you are thankful you stepped out of your comfort zone to do the blog. It had been such a joy for me, especially, like you said, making friends! And girl that chili looks amazing! I’m pinning that to try.

    1. Tami says:

      Veronica you seem like such an extrovert to me! Happy blog anniversary to you as well! I always enjoy reading your posts and following along with what’s going on with you and your hubby!

      Thank you for your comments and taking time to read my blog.

      Let me know if you try the chili!


  16. maryfran says:

    Happy blogiversary! 🙂

    Ok ok ok, now you’ve done it! I’m going to have to try the pumpkin chili thing. I’ve been resistant to it for a long time, and I think you just threw me over the edge of intrigue! 🙂

    One of my very ‘bestest’ friends is someone that I met through my blog! 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      LOL at your resistance to pumpkin chili! I must admit that I had felt the same way about using pumpkin in a savory dish. This recipe won me over! Do come back and let me how it turns out for you.

      How very nice that your “bestest” friend was met through your blog.:)

      Thank you for the blogiversary wishes.

  17. Claudette Galloway says:

    I’m on a pumpkin recipe roll this month, as I always seem to be in October. And adding pumpkin puree to chili sounds like the perfect slow cooker medley. Thanks to my friend, Anne-Marie of This Mama Cooks! for sharing! She’s got tons of yummy healthy recipes on her site, so stop by and try a few .

  18. KZ says:

    Saved as a favorite, I love your blog!

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