crock pot 3 bean pumpkin chili

Crock Pot 3 Bean Pumpkin Chili, a true fix it and forget it meal!

Crock Pot 3 Bean Pumpkin Chili, a true fix it and forget it meal!

I used to be baffled by people who said they were too busy to eat.  What do you mean you don’t have time to eat?  My life revolved around food and leisurely trips to the grocery store.  Preparing meals was fun…and relaxing.  That was before I had kids!  Nowadays, I’m lucky if I can manage avocado toast let alone prepare a whole meal!  I’m starting to realize dinnertime turns into total chaos if I don’t have a thought out meal plan in place with ingredients already prepped.

Here’s what I’ve been doing each week to make life easier!

~Choose recipes for dinners Monday-Friday, buy groceries on the weekend

(Online shopping and pick-up helps with this!  If I have to take the kids to the grocery store we open at least 3 snacks, take 2 potty breaks and I can’t get out of the store without buying a balloon!)

~Cook a large batch of quinoa and short-grain brown rice

~Bake sweet potatoes and/or roast veggies

~Keep a basket full of bananas, apples and pears out on counter

~Cut melon, wash berries and grapes

~Have hummus and  whole wheat wraps handy for roll-ups

~Saute spicy chickpeas and tofu scramble

~Stock the pantry with broth and beans for soup

~Stash lara bars in the diaper bag

~Keep ripe avocados and rice crackers available for avocado smash (avocado mashed and topped with sea salt, tastes amazing!)

~Cook one large pot of soup to have for lunch a few days during the week (this week was 3 bean pumpkin chili, see recipe below!)

Crock Pot 3 Bean Pumpkin Chili, a true fix it and forget it meal!

crock pot 3 bean pumpkin chili
Crock Pot 3 Bean Pumpkin Chili ~vegan, gluten free~
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth
  • Toppings:
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Scallions
  1. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper, sauté until tender. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Transfer to a crock pot.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  3. Top with fresh cilantro, avocado and scallions.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 256 Carbohydrates: 43 Sugar: 7 Fiber: 12 Protein: 13

Crock Pot 3 Bean Pumpkin Chili, a true fix it and forget it meal!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

You may want to alter the amount of chili powder added.  I kept it on the mild side for a kid-friendly version.  I threw this in the crock pot at night to have lunch ready and waiting the next day.  At ~250 calories, 13 grams protein and 12 grams of fiber you can’t go wrong!  A nutritious meal that will keep you feeling full!

Crock Pot 3 Bean Pumpkin Chili, a true fix it and forget it meal!

10 step sunday prep ~simple, healthy meals all week long~


How many times has this happened to you…

You got home late, you’re starving, don’t feel like cooking and are exhausted.  Instead of taking the time to go to the grocery store and prepare a healthy meal, you grab the first thing you see when you walk into the kitchen.  Instead of devouring a bag of chips and a carton of ice cream for dinner take a day to shop, chop and prep for a week of clean, healthy eating!

For many, sunday is the best day to prep, but use whatever day works best for your schedule!

Intimidated by cooking…don’t worry!  You don’t have to get all bon appetit on me…keep it simple!  An easy bowl of quinoa topped with a fried egg or baked tofu and sliced avocado makes a wholesome and healthy meal!

10 Step Sunday Prep

1.  Cook a batch of grains…

Grains such as quinoa or brown rice can be added to salads or used in the morning for creating a breakfast porridge by adding  dried fruit, milk, nuts and cinnamon!

2.  Roast vegetables…

Sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, asparagus…add to salads or layer with hummus on a whole wheat wrap!

3.  Make a pot of soup…

Make a vegetable based soup once a week to eat for lunch or dinner!  Or, better yet…put your crock pot to work!

4.  Breakfast to go…

Prepare single-serve chia pods or overnight oats to grab and go in a rush!

5.  Wash & Chop…

Wash and chop veggies such as broccoli florets, onion, fresh herbs, carrots and peppers to have on hand to make a simple salad.  Keep a big bag of greens handy!  Add olive oil and balsamic for a simple salad dressing.

6.  Power up on protein…

Boil eggs, roast a chicken, grill shrimp, make hummus and lentils or bake tofu to pair with vegetables and grains for a balanced meal.

7.  Simple sauce…

Make a batch of veggie filled tomato sauce for a quick pasta dish.  My mom found this simple sauce recipe from Giada De Laurentiis, which it has turned into one of our favorites!

8.  Fill up on fruit…

Chop melon and berries to make a fresh fruit salad.  Buy apples, oranges or bananas for a pre-packaged snack!

9.  Stock up on basics…

Keep nut butters, canned beans and frozen vegetables on hand and have a favorite “go-to” recipe ready to prepare!

10.  Quick mason jar meals…

Prepare one of my “quick meals”  such as fiesta quinoa or crunchy quinoa salad with peanut sauce and store in mason jars.  Dinner will be waiting for you when you get home!

Here is a peak into our refrigerator for the week…

10 step sunday meal prep

I hope this helps you to eat well and feel well!