November 1, 2012

Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili (Vegan!), New Running Playlist

And just like that, the temperature dropped. I realize it’s snowing in some places, but holy crap this crisp weather came out of nowhere. It is 45* as I type this. 45 degrees!!! That’s just rude.

Meanwhile, my Gruber Farm CSA still thinks it’s Summer. I’m not upset about it; I’ll hang onto Summer as long as I can.photo 1

Week 7’s box:

  • apples
  • corn
  • tomatoes
  • black eyed peas
  • the cutest pumpkin ever
  • yellow squash
  • broccoli

I was so excited to see that adorable pumpkin as I hadn’t bought one this year. It may be too late to carve it, but I can surely make pumpkin puree for more pumpkin bread. I bet it’ll be a million times better than the canned stuff.

Just checked the weather. It’s still 45*. I’m still cold. I bet you are too, so I made us some chili.

Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 ears of corn, kernels removed
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree
  • 2-3 tbsp. Sriracha, depending on your heat preference
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: crumbled pita chips, avocado

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Add the tomatoes, corn, black beans, pumpkin, Sriracha, and spices. Stir until evenly combined. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Serve warm with toppings. Makes 5 servings.


This chili is very different from anything I’ve had. In fact, it’s better. It’s both sweet and spicy and you can adjust the seasonings to your liking. You should also note that when you first mix all the ingredients in the pot, it will seem very thick. I promise that after simmering, the juices will come out and it will be just right. You can trust me…and Sarah:


She made my day with that tweet!

In other news, I’m still running longer distances, with 5 miles being my new minimum. Amanda and I always run together, but right now her doctor says she has a sprained ligament. : ( Will you please pray for her? I hate that she’s hurting and want her healed a.s.a.p.!

Now have a looksee at my current running playlist:image

What’s your favorite cold weather food?

How do you like your chili?

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

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  • Erica Jordan

    ok need to make this like NOW. Its 40s in MA at night. WAH! 

    praying for your friend that she gets better soon!!!!!!! ill come run with you in the mean time but you’d have to kick my bum into gear! 

    grade A workout list! LOVE IT!! Umm some songs I have been working out to:

    1) Pop That by French Montana, Weezy, Rick Ross—-HOLY JAM!!!
    2) Don’t Wake me Up by Chris Brown

    I LIKE MY CHILLY SPICCAYYY!!! and thick. and that sounds dirty


  • Erica Jordan

    and just cuz I’m feeling gangster you have to watch the Pop That video. I just wanna shake my groove thang EVVVERYTIME!


  • Why have I never thought to add sriracha to my chili? Best idea ever!

    It was in the 30’s in DC two days ago, thanks to godforsaken Sandy.  I thought I was going to die. I’ve decided that it’s time to move back to California, where it’s 1) warm and 2) hurricanes don’t exist.

    Favorite cold weather food: cheesy potato soup!

  • Amanda H.

    You’re the best! I’ll give this ankle all the TLC it needs in the next week, and be back in action in no time!!

  • Megan

    I hate this weather. And surprise, I also hate my CSA.

  • Aww, it IS such a cute little pumpkin! Your chili looks so good! I am not a big spicy chili kinda girl, I gravitate toward the milder flavors for sure. I am so glad that it’s not 45 here yet. I mean, it’s been in the 40s late at night and early in the morning, but mostly it’s still in the 60s and I still feel like I’m freezing, haha! 

  • itzyskitchen

    I agree! Way too cold. Brrrr. Chili rocks. I like all different varieties (beef, turkey, meatless). Has to have a nice kick to it. 

  • Lauren Romack

    I love love love chili! As soon as I heard we were getting cooler weather I made a pot..and Justin Bieber’s Baby is def. one my guilty pleasure running songs! 

  • Chili is definitely my favourite cold weather food! Especially with a side of homemade cornbread. Pumpkin chili is actually something I’ve been meaning to try lately. I make a turkey, sweet potato and black bean chili that I love, so I bet I’d like pumpkin in it too!

  • Livefortherun

    Savory pumpkin, ooh la la.

    I am such a sucker for chili this time of year. Love them beans.

    Leona Lewis Trouble is another great jam, but I see some good tunes on your list I’m going to have to add:)

  • I was seriously planning on posting about my jogging routine tomorrow and asking for jogging playlist suggestions! YES! You are psychic.

    I love making chili with beer 😀

  • Kerr

    This coldness is so rude! I got a mini pumpkin in my box too. I may use it to make this chili!

  • High five for a 5 mile minimum, that’s awesome and I’m jealous! I’m working hard to get my knees healthy again and I miss running distance so much!! Prayers for Amanda, it sucks to have an injury.  Thanks for the playlist:)

  •  fave cold weather food: homemade stew in the crockpot. my mama’s is just the bomb.com.

    -alsooo…hey girl, do you pay for your spotify app?

    • i do, but it is SO worth it! do you use it?

      • I do use it…on my computer. I was bummed when I saw the app isn’t free. Ha! Maybe I’ll take the plunge. I love it. And have such fun jams to workout to but haven’t been able to utilize! Womppp.

      • I do use it…on my computer. I was bummed when I saw the app isn’t free. Ha! Maybe I’ll take the plunge. I love it. And have such fun jams to workout to but haven’t been able to it

  • Alison

    This chili is awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

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