Whew – the holidays are behind us and the new year is here. Are you as tired of all the heavy holiday indulgences as I am? For the next few weeks I’m going to be looking for quick and simple ways to feed the family some healthy meals while giving myself a break from some heavy kitchen duty. If you’re feeling the same way they you’ll be doing yourself a favor by trying this utterly simple crock pot meal. This easy White Bean Chili with Butternut Squash has a secret – it’s made from one of my favorite kitchen helpers – Hurst Family Harvest bean soup mix.
This recipe uses their Southwestern White Bean Chili. It’s awesome, everything you need to make a complete, healthy, real food meal. I keep several bags of these soups in the pantry for so many reasons. Each and every version is delicious and I love that the seasoning is included to make dinner a breeze. Plus they’re shelf stable so I can stock up and keep them around until needed, which is nice because I need them pretty often. Bean soups are a wonderful thing to cook in a slow cooker, so dinner is truly effortless. You can add in just about anything you have on hand or cook them as is. You can’t go wrong. In this version I added some butternut squash to increase the already nutrient rich meal. Did you know that white beans are one of the best sources for iron? So this is perfect for Meatless Mondays or any day you want to take a break from eating meat. You may be thinking that butternut squash is a strange match for a spicy chili dish but my family would argue that point with you. The sweetness of the winter squash balances these kicky spices making this a great choice for an easy weeknight family meal that can literally be ready the second you walk through the door in the evening.
**If all this convenience isn’t enough to sway you into giving the Hurst Family Harvest soups a try, I’m happy to tell you that one lucky reader will win a $25.00 gift card to Publix Supermarket where you can find all the varieties of my favorite soup mix on the shelves. Who couldn’t use a little help with their grocery bill right after the holidays?**
To enter just leave a comment telling me which of the Hurst Family Harvest Soups you’d like to try. Easiest 25 bucks ever, right?
Note: Contest open to U.S. residents ages 18 and over only. Comments must be made by January 7, 2013 to be entered to win the gift card. Winner will be announced on January 8th and notified via email. Winner must respond to email within 3 business days or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!!
Slow Cooker Southwestern White Bean Chili with Butternut Squash
1. Place beans in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Let soak overnight.
2. Place soaked beans and all other ingredients into slow cooker.
3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
4. Serve warm
Disclaimer: Hearst Family Harvest provided me with the soup mix and the gift card to give away. All opinions are 100% my own, as usual.