Eggplant Chili

This flavorful chili is the perfect meal to kick off fall and winter with its easy prep and cleanup! And, the eggplant provides a heartiness that you will not miss if you choose to make it meatless. 

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Cooler weather and chili seem to go hand in hand. Whenever our temperatures drop, it is one of the first dishes I make.  Growing up, chili was the meal we ate every Halloween evening, so it only seemed natural to continue the theme of chili as a ‘kickoff meal’ to fall! It’s also a perfect dish to simmer on a Sunday afternoon and have for the week to eat off of for lunch or dinner. I wanted to add a spin to the typically chili recipe by adding additional vegetables and using ground turkey for my meat-lovin’ husband, and I think my Eggplant Chili is a new favorite of ours! This dish could be easily made vegetarian/vegan by eliminating the ground turkey and using chickpeas in place of kidney beans for that extra protein punch!

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Spaghetti Squash with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

After many months of planning, my husband and I traveled to France and Italy in early September. My husband had visited a few of the cities we were going to before, but it was my first time going. We had a few priorities while we were there, and I’m sure you can guess what one of mine was… enjoy the local cuisine! And, we did!

In addition, we did a TON of walking which kept us active and healthy on our extended trip. One of our favorite walks was in Cinque Terre between two of the villages. It was breathtaking.

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Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Tacos

Sweet potatoes have always been one of my favorite vegetables, and I love the versatility of them. When I found this recipe, I knew I had to try it. The tacos can be made in a variety of ways for various food preferences – without meat for a vegetarian meal or corn tortillas for a gluten free dish.  The black beans provide a protein source to make this a complete meal! But for my meat- lovin’ husband, I added rotisserie chicken to the mixture that I had leftover from the night before.

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