Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili {Whole30}

This Sweet Potato Chili is whole30 approved, healthy, and packed with rich sweet and spicy flavor!

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I miss sugar you guys.  Mostly chocolate chip cookies.  Okay, maybe even just chocolate chips! But I must say, I feel really good so far, eating “clean.”  I’ve had so much more energy and I feel leaner (I think just less bloated?)  And I really like the meals we are eating. 

This Sweet Potato Chili has been hands-down, our favorite Whole30 recipe so far.  So good, I made it twice last week!  You don’t have to be doing Whole30 to like it though, I promise.  You’ll want to fill your belly full of it!

Maybe even a couple of times a week like us.    Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili | Sweet Treats and More

Loaded with onion and bell peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and ground beef , you won’t miss the beans in this chili.   To really give it some flavor and depth, I seasoned the chili with adobe seasoning and a dash of cinnamon.  I was skeptical at first, but man, these flavors work well together.

If you are doing Whole30 you can enjoy it with plantain chips.  And you absolutely MUST add sliced avocado or a scoop of guacamole.  Mmm….I’m ready to make it again this week.  

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili {Whole30}
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  4. 1 red pepper, seeds removed and diced
  5. 1 green pepper, seeds removed and diced
  6. 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced into cubes
  7. 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  8. 1 cup beef broth
  9. 1/2 cup coconut milk (or regular milk if not on whole30)
  10. 3 tsp adobo seasoning
  11. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  12. 1 tsp cumin
  13. 1/2 tsp salt
  14. 1/2 tsp pepper
  15. 1 tbsp coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and sauté until translucent. Add ground beef and 1 tsp adobo seasoning and cook until cooked through.
  2. Place beef, peppers, and sweet potatoes, tomatoes in the slow cooker.
  3. Add broth, coconut milk, remaining 2 tsp adobo seasoning, cinnamon, cumin and salt and pepper and stir everything together.
  4. Cook on high for about 3 hours or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  5. Serve with sliced avocado or guacamole!
Notes
  1. **for whole30 use organic ingredients
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Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!  I gave myself a little time off from the blog to just enjoy time with my family and to be honest, be a little lazy.   But now it’s back to the grind.  Back to school.  And back to the blog! 

Before I dive into the New Year with new HEALTHY recipes, let’s take a look at the top ten recipes of 2014.  I’m always surprised at what your favorites are, this year it was a good mix of sweet and savory! 

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1. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Chili– I think it’s safe to say we all love a good chili made in the slow cooker!

2. Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Snack Cake– This one was a fall hit!

3. Best Low and Slow Oven Baked Ribs– Total man food, but my hubby made these for me on Mother’s Day last year and we both fell in love.  

4. Lucky Charms Blizzard.  I was shocked this was was such a hit, but have to admit it was pretty dang good and my kids LOVED it.

5. Mini Apple Donut Muffins – Let’s just say it’s a good thing these were MINI.  

6. Buffalo Chicken Chili– Yeah, this one 

7. Green Chili and Corn Queso Blanco– This is a perfect game day or party dip. 

8. Oatmeal Cookie Dough Dip– a recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything Cookbook, of course this was a hit! 

9. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coconut Oil Cookies– I fell in love with baking cookies with coconut oil in 2014.  These are so soft and tender, and rich with simple flavor. 

10. Banana Protein Pancakes– These became a staple at our house for breakfast.  A great recipe to carry into the New Year since we are all trying to eat a little healthier! 

Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons and DOLE Garden Soups

Crispy and cheesy, these bacon grilled cheese croutons are a fun addition to soup! 

Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons and DOLE Garden Soup

This post is sponsored by DOLE Garden Soups and the Mom It Forward Network.  All opinions are my own.

It’s been a rainy, cold week here in San Diego.  We’ve been bundled up in long sleeves and sweats all week long (aside from my toddler who refuses to wear anything other than shorts and a t-shirt! Always! Whyyy?)

Naturally with the colder weather, soup was in order! My boys can be picky eaters but one thing they love is tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich!  These Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons are bite-sized grilled cheese sandwiches, loaded with bacon, and ready to be dropped into any soup.  Totally cute and fun….and tasty! 

Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons

Make them just like you’d make a grilled cheese sandwich, get ’em nice and crispy, then just cut into small squares.  

Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons

I have a great 5 Minute Blender Tomato Soup but with hungry kids sometimes you need something even easier and quicker! DOLE Garden Soups is a new line of ready-to-eat-soups, inspired by garden-fresh flavors.  Perfect for my impatient kiddos :) Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil,  Tomato Vegetable, Carrot Ginger, Southwestern Black Bean & Corn, and Sweet Corn are the new flavors you can enjoy.  We’ve tried them all and they really are good, and are a great option for a quick lunch or dinner, paired with your favorite sandwich or toppings, or even used in other recipes! 

We paired these Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons with the Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil and it was a perfect combo! 

Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons

You can really taste the garden-fresh flavors in this vibrant, smooth and creamy soup!  The full line of DOLE Garden Soups is non-GMO, with no preservatives and MSG, is vegetarian, gluten-free, cholesterol free, low-fat, and a good source of fiber.  Makes me feel pretty good about what I’m feeding my family :)

Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons

My boys decided it was more fun to dip the Grilled Cheese Croutons into the soup!! 

Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons

Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons
cheesy bites of bacon grilled cheese, the perfect addition to any soup!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 slices of bread
  2. 3 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  3. 4 slices cheddar cheese
  4. 2 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Heat a panini press to medium heat.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place buttered side of the bread down on the panini press. Place a slice of cheese each on the bread, sprinkle with bacon crumbles, then top with another slice of cheese. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden crispy.
  3. Place on a cutting board and cut sandwiches into bite sized squares. Add to any soup!
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Creamy Tomato Basil & Cauliflower Soup

Two of my favorite soups collide in this lightened up, yet rich and flavorful Creamy Tomato Basil & Cauliflower Soup!  

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This soup was inspired by two of my favorite soups at one of my favorite restaurants in Utah.  Cafe Zupas is a tasty soup, salad, and sandwich spot (a place of many GNO’s and lunch dates).  If you’re a seasoned regular, you know just what to order when you go there.  The Tomato Basil Soup and the Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup, combined.  It’s seriously the best soup ever.  

I created a healthier version of the two combined and my family loves it.   I used Greek yogurt to make it rich and creamy (no heavy cream or butter!  Well, just a little bit of butter for sautéing garlic on onions. )  And you can really use any cheese you’d like (or what you have on hand).  My favorites though have been Asiago and Monterey Jack, or a little of both. You can’t go wrong, just make it cheesy :) 

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Served with a slice of warm, buttered bread you’ll love this comfort soup! 

Creamy Tomato Basil & Cauliflower Soup
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 of a head of a large cauliflower, chopped (or one whole small cauliflower)
  2. 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  3. 32 oz chicken stock
  4. 1 cup greek yogurt
  5. 2 tbsp butter
  6. 1/2 onion, chopped
  7. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  8. 1/3 cup chopped basil
  9. 5 oz shredded asiago cheese (or any cheese really)
  10. Reduced fat sour cream
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, melt butter. Add onions and garlic and saute 3-5 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add chopped cauliflower and saute another 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock (should cover cauliflower). Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
  3. Add cans of diced tomatoes, chopped basil basil, and greek yogurt. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until creamy and there are no lumps. (You can also pour the soup into a blender in two batches, and blend until smooth. Then pour back into the pot.)
  5. Once blended add 5 ounces asiago cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for another 15-20 minutes, stir to combine melted cheese.
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Creamy Tomato Basil & Cauliflower Soup | Sweet Treats and MoreThis recipe was originally shared over at I Heart Nap Time

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