i should be mopping the floor: Sweet Potato Chili & Healthy Eating Over the Holidays

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sweet Potato Chili & Healthy Eating Over the Holidays

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This Sweet Potato Chili is so delicious...
it is the perfect recipe to maintain healthy eating over the holidays. 
#SimplyHealthy #CollectiveBias
Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving
This dish is fabulous for so many reasons...it's a one-pot wonder, it's yummy, and it's healthy. You really can't go wrong. I totally struggle with maintaining my weight-loss during the holiday season. Dishes like this make it so much easier. Check out the recipe along with healthy eating tips during the holidays below.>>>

Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving
I have to giggle because when I tried this recipe out with my kiddos over the weekend, they devoured it. Seriously...devoured. My oldest is pretty meat and potatoes {and by potatoes, I do not mean that of the sweet variety} and doesn't always {read: ever} go for meatless meals. As he was scraping his spoon against his empty bowl, I revealed that it's Sweet Potato Chili. His response: "Really? I thought those were carrots. Can I have some more?"

Score one for mom.


Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving
And who wouldn't want a dish with all of this awesomeness in it?

Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving
This recipe originally came from Sam's Club Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine. And there are two other delicious Sweet Potato recipes available, as well. The app has a bunch of great ideas for eating healthy over the holiday season. It's a magazine app that is available for the iPhone and iPad. Download it hereIt's really a good read...I got lost in several of the articles!


Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving
And I picked up my sweet potatoes {for both this dish and for my Thanksgiving dishes} at my local Sam's Club.


Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving
  • Make a plan ahead of time. If you've got a big holiday event during a week, plan for it by allowing a small splurge and stay on track the rest of the week.
  • Lighten up traditional holiday dishes with some clever substitutions and alternative recipes. Click here for some great ideas. 
  • Make mini desserts instead of overindulging in multiple pieces of pie {guilty!}. The Sam's Club Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine suggests filling shot glasses with a mixture of pumpkin pie filling and whipped cream for a smaller-portion of the traditional holiday dessert. 
  • The holidays are still meant to be enjoyed. Practicing major portion control and having small servings of the things I really don't want to miss out on help keep me on track all season long.
  • If you entertain, be sure to prepare some healthy dishes so your guests don't go home feeling too guilty. This Sweet Potato Chili would be perfect to make a chili bar out of...details on that below.
Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving

Sweet Potato Chili {recipe from Healthy Living Made Simple}

Makes 4 servings | Prep time: 10 minutes| Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup canned vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ sweet potatoes, cubed {try to keep the cubes all the same size to ensure even cooking}
  • 1 can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 8 oz. pinto beans, drained
  • 8 oz. black beans, drained
  • ½ can corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • zest of 1 orange
  • cilantro
Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until golden brown. Add chili powder and stir for 1 minute.
  2. Add broth and potatoes, cover pan and reduce heat to medium. Simmer until potato pieces are almost tender {about 10 minutes}.
  3. Add tomatoes with juices and pinto and black beans. Add corn. Simmer uncovered until chili thickens and potato is very tender {10 minutes}.
  4. Mix in orange zest and Italian seasoning. Season salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Can be transferred to a slow cooker to be kept warm for a few hours, if you'd like to prepare it ahead of time. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Per Serving {about a cup and a half}: Calories 267, Carbs 50g, Fat 4g, Protein 10g 
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 8 points per serving 



Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving
AND...how fun would this be for a Holiday Chili Bar? Guests can fill their bowls and then load up on healthy topping options.

Sweet Potato Chili Bar Topping Options>>>
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • low fat cheese shreds
  • cilantro {as mentioned above}
  • crumbled corn bread
  • sliced jalapenos
  • sliced avocados 
Be sure to grab this free 8x10 printable to use at your Holiday Chili Bar:
Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving



Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving
Here's to a healthy {AND YUMMY} holiday season!



Sweet Potato Chili Recipe | Only 8 points per generous 1 1/2 cup serving




8 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try this, I love those carrots, I mean sweet potatoes too!!
    Debbie

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    1. It is DELISH, Debbie! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  2. Since having the boys, I buy almost everything in bulk at Sam's Club.

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    1. Haha! You kind of have to with growing boys, don't you?! Thank you for stopping by, Melanie!

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  3. Great tips for the holidays! I can't wait to try the Sweet Potato Chili and all the other recipes in the Healthy Living Made Simple App! #client

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    1. Thank you, Samantha! I hope you enjoy the recipe! Have a very merry Christmas!

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