First off, the winner of the CLICK Protein Espresso Giveaway is……..

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Congrats Ali! I will be emailing you in just a little bit to get your information!


I have a treat for you today! I made my first planned meal last night and it turned out wonderfully.

Before we get to that I’ll back track earlier.


The husband left to go to the gym while I was still cooking so I opted to just take it easy and hang out with the puppy.

We went on a nice walk. It finally warmed up a bit where I would be able to feel my hands and didn’t have to wear too many layers for the walk.

It has been freezing here the last few days. I’m just not ready for winter this year.

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We had a great walk and it was so nice to have her back.

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Wes and I headed back to the gym around dinner time before he went to study. We did some lower body weights for about 30 minutes and then parted ways so he could get some good studying in.


Last night was my first night of “meal planning” foods. I was going to do it the night before but we had some things come up so it didn’t happen.

I fixed some delicious Spicy Pumpkin Chili. It was delicious so I thought it was worth sharing the recipe with you all.


Spicy Pumpkin Chili

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped

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2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped

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2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground white or dark meat turkey

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1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with the liquid
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
1 (15 ounce) can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained

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1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños, and garlic. Stir until tender.

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2.  Add turkey and cook until browned.

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3. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

4. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes more.

5. Ladle chili into bowls.

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I made this in the morning and then stored it until dinner. Wes’ study schedule keeps him in and out of the house so I need dinner to be available whenever he has time.

It is delicious and clean! The best of both worlds. The cayenne does make it pretty spicy, so if you aren’t a spicy food person either eliminate that or cut down on the amount.

It is perfect as the weather is getting cooler!


Do you like chili? Do you have a go to recipe?

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