Easy Chili

Turkey Chili

This hearty chili has just enough spice to appeal to toddlers and grown-ups both, making it a true family meal!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Lightlife meatless crumbles
  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce can corn, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Plain non-dairy yogurt (optional)
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook for 3 minutes
  2. Add the Lightlife crumbles to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes, until heated.
  3. Add the squash, water, diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve with the yogurt, if desired!

Ball Verbs

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Sometimes we forget to make time for the simplest play with our babies. To wit, here’s a fantastic game to fill the time with a thirteen month old (or thereabouts), using any and all balls you have around the house.

I set out a variety of baby sensory balls as well as a few larger sports balls. The soccer ball was an instant favorite!

Working with one verb at a time, we worked our way through all the different motions we could do with the balls. Rolling of course is always fun.

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But even more so, Veronika likes to make them bounce!

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Then we worked on throwing. This was a little more advanced, but I showed her how to toss sensory balls into a little bucket.

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You can also stand your little one up for “baby soccer”. As I brought her toe against the ball each time, I said, “Kick!”

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She can’t execute the motion on her own yet, but she’s getting there. Since I left out the assortment of balls all day, there was lots more rolling, dropping, and bouncing to be had.

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