Paleo Recipe - Pumpkin Chiili

Paleo Pumpkin Chili And One Hungry Bird…..

We all need a little spice in our lives, whether it is literal or not. When it comes to meals, there are spices that can be used to spice up everything, but chili is undeniably one or the best spices that anyone can use. In Paleo meals, chilies are welcomed with open arms.

Chilies. Some hate these beauties because of how spicy they can get. Whilst others simply love the kick. But no one can contest on how chili makes a dish more addictive than ever. You’ll find chili in almost every cuisine as not only does it help to make the flavor more intense, it also helps to improve the overall appeal of the dish for most people. Chili has become a regular part of many people’s lives. However some cases there are those that they basically add a pinch or two (if they can handle it) to as many dishes as they can.

Paleo Food - Chilis

The Paleo recipe featured here is made tastier with the use of chilies. The combination of smooth, sweet pumpkin is a perfect combination for the hotness of the spice. If you have some pumpkin you weren’t able to use, just like the spare pumpkin I bought for Halloween, or just want to have something hearty and spicy, then this recipe is something that you should consider trying. So have your tummy ready for this savory and Paleo diet approved dish!

Paleo Pumpkin Chili
Recipe type: Chili
Cuisine: Mexican
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A delicious and tasty recipe with just the right amount of heat that will get your taste buds singing.
Ingredients
  • 1 Medium Pumpkin
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 lb (454 g) Ground Beef
  • 2 lb (908 g) Ground Turkey
  • 3 x 15 oz Cans (444 g) Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Bag Fresh Spinach - Chopped
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves - Chopped
  • 2 Onions – Finely Chopped
  • 6-8 Celery Stalks - Chopped
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons (22 g) Fresh Basil - Chopped
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons (22 g) Fresh Oregano - Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons (44 g) Fresh Cilantro - Chopped
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 ½ to 3 Tablespoons (36-44 g) Chili Powder (or more, if you can handle the spice!)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons (22 g) Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Nutmeg
  • 2 Teaspoons (10 g) Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Cayenne Pepper (You can also use fresh hot peppers, again depending on how tolerant you are to the heat)
  • 6 oz Can (178 g) Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cups (473 g) Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Tablespoons (36 ml) Coconut Oil - Melted
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.50 g) Salt to Taste
Instructions
  1. • Prepare your pumpkin and sweet potato, peeling and chopping each into ½ inch cubes.
  2. • Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). In a bowl, toss the pumpkin and sweet potato cubes with the coconut oil.
  3. • Put your tossed pumpkin and sweet potato over a baking tray lined with tin foil. Bake in the oven at 350°F (177°C) for at least half an hour or until soft and starting to brown.
  4. • Once soft, turn on the grill to get some of the pumpkin and sweet potato brown and have some crispy parts. This will only take about 6-7 minutes.
  5. • Whilst waiting for your pumpkin and sweet potato, start cooking the rest of the ingredients. Place a large pot over medium to high heat and brown the ground beef and turkey with celery, garlic, onion and bay leaves. Make sure to stir occasionally to ensure that the meat does not break into small pieces.
  6. • Once the meats are browned, add the cumin, cinnamon, cocoa powder, nutmeg, and chili. Stir and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until it becomes fragrant.
  7. • You can now add tomatoes, tomato paste, and pumpkin puree. Add salt to taste and give everything a good stir.
  8. • Let the mixture simmer then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This should cook the celery well.
  9. • You can now add the basil, cilantro and chopped spinach, along with the baked pumpkin and sweet potato. Give it a good stir and remove from heat.
  10. • Serve whilst hot and enjoy!
The chilies in this dish will definitely make you sweat. And this is not the only thing that chilies do to our bodies. Chilies are actually one of the healthiest spices available, and this has been proven by experts. If you haven’t been using chilies, then these benefits might change your mind.

Loaded With Vitamin C And Other Active Antioxidants

Chili is not just a spice that can turn up the heat (pun intended), it also gives a lot of health benefits that can rival other foods. Chilies are packed with Vitamin C and other antioxidants that can keep you away from the simplest to the worst diseases. Vitamin C and other antioxidants help remove toxins from your body whilst helping your body to produce healthier cells and stronger antibodies. These antioxidants will also show through your fresh-looking, radiant skin. There are even studies that proved chilies can even prevent cancer.

High Vitamin B-complex Content

A complex dose of Vitamin B can help your body’s metabolism and help your cardiovascular health. This means your body burns fats when you eat chilies while making sure you reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack and other complications by maintaining your heart and blood vessels healthy. Vitamin B is also responsible for keeping your cholesterol level at a healthy level.

Paleo Diet - Healthy Eyes Keeps Your Eyes Healthy

Besides the antioxidants that help you have radiant skin, chilies are also rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is present in most veggies and fruits that have orange, yellow or red colors. Beta-carotene is responsible for keeping the eyes healthy. Chili is also rich in lutein, another nutrient that contributes to your eye health.

Lose The Extra Weight

Do you notice how much your body heats up and how much you sweat when you eat chilies? This is because chilies can actually turn the heat up in the body. This is because chilies are known to be thermogenic’s which means you can expect to shed a few pounds just by having chili in your favorite soup. Your body will burn those stored fats, which shows through that sweaty shirt after a good serving of this Paleo Recipes Pumpkin Chili. Plus you get to stay warm during cold nights without much effort – just eat foods with chilies.

Paleo Diet - Weight Loss Fighting Inflammation And Tummy Issues

If you are suffering from arthritis and other conditions where inflammation occurs or if you suffer from intestinal problems, then chilies can help to relieve the symptoms. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory contents of chilies are pretty active and neutralize the inflammation you may be experiencing. The heat produced by chilies also helps relieve any pain from the inflammation.

Goodbye Headache, Goodbye Sinusitis!

Having a bad headache? Eat something with chilies in it. Having a hard time with your stuffed nose due to sinusitis? Eat something with chilies! This is because capsaicin that chilies contain. It is a powerful chemical that can help your body to reduce the pain felt. This means chili can also be useful for people who are in pain. Capsaicin also produces the heat which clears out the mucus and will clear your nose.

Paleo Food - Reduce Headaches

These benefits are not the only things interesting about chili, this spice also has an interesting past. Believe it or not, this spice has been used in the Americas since 7500 BC and some studies suggest that it was being grown domestically in Mexico around 6000 years ago. It was believed that Christopher Columbus brought chilies and other spices to Europe. However, it was Diego Alvarez Chanca who took an interest in the health benefits of chilies in 1494. Chilis were introduced to Asia shortly through Portuguese and Arab traders during the 15th century. The use of chilies then spread throughout the world and used in different cuisines. And the rest, as they say, is history.

So you see, this spice doesn’t just make food hotter. Chilies are also beneficial for your body. Just remember, though, that eating too many chilies can also cause some complications, especially for your tummy. There are some people with tummies that cannot tolerate chilies, but adding just a pinch of chili powder to any Paleo diet recipes is fine. There are also people who get easily irritated with the heat that chilies make, so if you are one of these people you can try adding just a little amount of chili on your food until you can tolerate a hotter serving. Start with this recipe and you’ll surely start loving chilies in your Paleo diet food list meals.

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