This is the quintessential fall meal in our book. I mean, chili and corn muffins?! Yes, please!

This chili is balanced with protein, wholesome carbs, and healthy fat to keep your blood sugar stable while pregnant which is important for your health and the health of your baby. Your dietitian might have recommended that you eat anywhere between 30-45 grams of carbohydrate per meal. Here’s how this meal stacks up:

1 ½ cups chili (23 grams carb)+ 2 corn muffins (20 grams carb) = 43 grams of carbs

The additional toppings like cheese, avocado, sour cream etc. are not factored into the above but remember, these toppings are sources of fat, not carbs. And a little bit of healthy fat helps to stabilize blood sugar and is beneficial for your baby’s brain development!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili & Corn Muffins
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Servings
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Ingredients
Chili Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with liquid, 14.5 oz
  • 1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained, 15 oz
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and Pepper
Optional Toppings
  • avocados
  • diced tomatoes
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
Corn Muffin Ingredients
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
Servings
servings chili
Ingredients
Chili Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with liquid, 14.5 oz
  • 1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained, 15 oz
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and Pepper
Optional Toppings
  • avocados
  • diced tomatoes
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
Corn Muffin Ingredients
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
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Instructions
Chili Directions
  1. Heat oil and butter together in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion begins to turn translucent in color. Add garlic, and continue to cook until onion is tender.
  2. Add turkey. Cook, stirring frequently, until turkey is browned.
  3. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, chicken stock, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir until thoroughly mixed, and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to medium, bringing chili to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes or more.
  5. Ladle chili into bowls and serve with desired toppings. Makes 6 - 1 ½ cup servings.
Corn Muffin Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚ F.
  2. Coat cups of a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium side mixing bowl.
  4. Crack eggs into a small bowl, and beat.
  5. Add eggs, milk, and oil to dry ingredients. Using a whisk or hand mixer on medium speed, combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Mix for 30 seconds or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  6. Portion a #40 measuring scoop into each mini muffin cup. If a #40 measuring scoop is unavailable, the amount is equivalent to a heaping Tablespoon.
  7. Bake muffins for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes 15 mini corn muffins
Recipe Notes

Nutrition

Chili - per 1 ½ cups

280 calories, 13 g fat, 580 mg sodium, 23 g CHO, 8 g Fiber, 20 g Protein

Corn Muffins - per 2 muffins

127 calories, 4 g fat, 45 mg sodium, 20 g CHO, 3 g Protein

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Recipe by Amy Halfmann.

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