Back to School – Sweet Potato Chili

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Let’s face it! As moms, we have to manage our time properly so that we can spend time on what is important – quality time with family! Spending time with family sounds much more appealing than hours of cooking every night! I have decided to share some recipes on how to cook healthy and more efficiently so that my moms can spend more time with their kids.

Thermos Recipe

Moms can save time by planning meals in advance and cooking one day per week rather than every day! I have been using Shady Brook Farms turkey for quite some time as a healthy alternative to beef. Turkey is a lean, tasty substitution for foods traditionally prepared with beef or pork such as sausages and burgers. Shady Brook Farms works with more than 700 independent farmers to produce these wholesome turkeys raised without growth-promoting antibiotics. There are so many options – ground turkey, sausage, tenderloins, burgers and more. (Always cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.)


2 – 16 oz Shady Brook Farms Fresh Lean Turkey Sausage
1 Sweet Yellow Onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and diced
10 can mild tomatoes with green chilies
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
Salt, to Taste


In a large skillet over medium heat, brown turkey and season with salt and cumin.
When meat is browned and cooked through add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf.


Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup more water if needed. Remove bay leaf and serve.
Pour water into the thermos and drain into a measuring cup to measure the inside volume.
This inside volume will be your measurement for all foods going into the thermos.

Use this volume to divide the chili into zip lock bags. If cooking for school tomorrow, freeze all of them except one.

Back to School Cooking for 1 week
In the morning, heat up the chili (in a microwave or on the stove) to piping hot (too hot to eat temperature).
While food is being heated, boil water to heat the thermos (I used the Funtainer).
Pour boiling water into the thermos to heat it. Cover and wait 5 minutes.
Fill thermos with piping hot food.

PRO TIP: If you use this method, your child’s food will still be hot by lunch time.

Funtainer Recipe

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