Turkey Pumpkin Chili.

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This is a go-to in my house, without question.  Don’t be afraid of this recipe, pumpkin has a very mild flavour and what most people don’t know – it’s a superfood.  1 cup of pumpkin puree has 3 grams of fiber with only 50 calories.  It might also be the quickest and easiest chili you'll ever make. My boyfriend constantly reminds me that he loves this recipe and will gladly have it again and again. It's perfect to whip up after work on a drizzly day and it tastes even better the next.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups cabbage, shredded
1 bell pepper (pick your favourite colour), chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 cups spinach
1 lb white or dark ground turkey
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can of pumpkin puree
1 cup water
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
Ground pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion, cabbage, bell pepper, jalapenos, garlic, spinach, and cook, stirring 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 simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.
 
Notes
You're wanting to buy canned pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling (pie filling is flavored with spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger, and is also sweetened, puree is pure untouched pumpkin).
You might be surprised to see cabbage in this recipe. I put cabbage in a lot of my dishes. It's healthy, it takes on most flavours it's cooked in, adds sweetness and it helps stretch a meal. 

-Chrissy

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