3rd Annual Chili Contest: Entry #6 – Moroccan Lamb and Butternut Squash Chili

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I think my parents did a great job of raising my brother and I (CLEARLY!). We’re good people, kind to others, mature-ish, love our family, care for others more than ourselves, have good values and work ethic, and of course, we’re above-average stellar people all-around. Kidding, kidding.

Growing up, my friends LOVED to come to my house. I have no idea why, simply because my house had a lot of rules.

No phone calls after 10pm. No food or beverage away from the kitchen table. No shoes in the house. Make your bed every day.

My dad is a cleaning FANATIC and he’s never late. In fact, he’s always early. Really early. Early to the point it’s embarrassing…maybe even rude at times. He can’t help himself…it’s who he is.

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Of all the good my parents have instilled in me, neat freakish-ness and timeliness are not my strong suits….by a long shot. To battle the cleaning issue, we now have a cleaning lady. She comes Friday…thank GOODNESS. Best money I spend all month, truly.

As for my tardiness…well, I’ve got no good excuse. I’m not always a good planner.

More often than not, I’m running late to hockey, late to work (thank goodness my work hours are very flexible), and late to pick-up Lily from daycare (yes, my crazy bulldog goes to daycare 1-2 days a week). The Lily issue has become increasingly problematic so I’ve made efforts to improve this. It’s awkward to call her daycare and say, “Paula…it’s Nicole. I’m going to be a few minutes late…I’m so sorry.” Then I proceed to explain what my excuse is. Which, for the record is usually very good (seriously). Things like work, weather, workouts, and yesterday…a detour after an accident. I arrived at 6:04pm. Fail.

But sweet Paula…she tells me, every time, “It’s okay, Nicole…drive say. Don’t speed.” Ha. Paula’s got my number.

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When Mr. Prevention got back from China last weekend, I wanted to make a special meal to enjoy while we watched the game. This recipe fit the bill, plus game time = chili time! The ingredients are tres romantique as far as chili goes.Problem was, I didn’t plan ahead (ahem, I didn’t read the recipe until I had started)…so dinner was running late in typical Nicole fashion. This chili cooks for a long, LONG time. So do as I say and not as I do and plan ahead. This one is worth the wait!

As the chili contest continues (only 2 to go – whoa!), the winner becomes less and less unclear. Every recipe has been wonderful. I love that this recipe pushed me outside the box with the lamb (though my pocket book rebelled!) and I got to try a new spice – ras al hanout! And I loooove it!

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  I am SORE after RIPPED yesterday. Ohhh my. I still hate weight lifting…but, I’m glad I did it!

Be well,

Comments

  1. Ok this looks amazing too. I can’t take all these recipes!!

  2. haha, I thought I tried to warn you about the time commitment! Well, I’m so glad you thought it was worth it :)

  3. I love Moroccan spices – this looks fantastic!

  4. I need a cleaning lady in my life – I hate cleaning so much!

  5. Aren’t we all above-average stellar people? ;)

    Yay for Mr. Prevention being back! ‘Tis the season for chili, it seems, and I love your version!

  6. What an interesting twist on a chili recipe! I’ve never even thought about turning chili into a moroccan inspired dish

  7. I know what you mean. Iseem to get later and later as I get older. I usually have a good excuse too but I used to be the one always on time.
    Looks delicious by the way!

  8. ooohhh I love the idea of lamb in chili.

  9. What a great twist on the classic chili! So beautiful!

  10. I am definitely NOT big on cleaning (and there WILL be a cleaning lady in my future!) but I’m okay with being on time. :) I LOVE the ethnic twist on this chili. leave it to Cara to make such a rockstar recipe!

  11. Seems to me that your parents did more than a good job, they did a GREAT job. And hey, nothin’ wrong with a little untidyness and not being 100% punctual. Sometimes, life just gets in the way of the best plans. This recipe certainly looks like a winner to me. Have a great day Nicole.

  12. I love chili! This looks incredible even though I don’t eat lamb!

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