Pressure Cooker Chili – 8 Smart Points

Oh my!  This is both the most wonderful AND the most hectic time of the year.  So much decorating, shopping, wrapping and baking to do. Last night I took my 17-year-old son to a Wizards game as one more birthday present.  They actually won!

Now that we are in the midst of a polar blast, I spend most of my days trying to warm up again after my morning 2-mile dog walk.  I despise the cold and the wind together – even through coats, gloves and hats.  So, it is the time to cook dinners that will warm my family up from the inside out.

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Lamb Curry Stew with Chickpeas and Artichoke Hearts – 5 SP

When Thanksgiving is less than a week away, there is no escaping the fact that Fall is here.  Nights and mornings are chilly here now in Northern VA.  In our house, we have put our flip flops away for the next 7 months and dug our slippers out of the closet. Extra blankets have found their way to our beds, and our dog Maggie, who is a Wheaten Terrier mix, is in heaven on our sub-40-degree morning walks.

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This is the type of weather that is perfect for eating a rich fragrant stew with the heat that curry lends it.

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