Taste-off: The Best Canned Chili And The Nastiest
By Jolene Thym, correspondent | Bay Area News Group Its no wonder that chili is such an iconic dish, so popular that it inspires cooking contests from coast to coast. Chili with beans is pure comfort fare nutritious, delicious, saucy and spicy. Top it with onions and cheese and its a satisfying, high-protein meal. But making chili from scratch is an art that begs for more creativity and time than most of us have. Thankfully, there are a multitude of chili options on supermarket shelves including some very tasty, meat-free versions and some very sad versions indeed. The best vegetarian chilies are spicy spoonfuls of tender, creamy beans, fresh onion, peppers and tomatoes and often chewy bits of soy protein. The worst are cloyingly sweet, strangely flavored, oddly out-of-balance and the exact opposite of fresh. Careful label reading can help with an initial elimination round, but pinpointing the best of the bunch requires a spoon and an appetite. Heres the scoop on the vegetarian chilies that hit the mark and the ones that induced full-body shudders. Nutrition details refer to a 1-cup serving. Prices are for a 14.5- to 15-ounce can. This not only looks like chili, it also delivers fresh, homemade flavors and plenty of meat-like texture to satisfy those who wish they were eating meaty chili. 260 calories, 9 g fat, 690 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 15 g protein. $2.29 at Trader Joes. (4 stars) Even though the texture is a bit soupy its equal parts quinoa and beans this chili offers authentic flavors and a pleasant kick of herbs and spice. 200 calories, 2 g fat, 480 mg sodium, 3 g sugar, 10 g protein. $3.99 at Whole Foods. (4 stars) Classic flavors, creamy beans and chunks of meat-like soy make this a top choice. Its a bit salty and lacks spiciness, but it delivers such familiar fl Continue reading >>
Chili Is A Recipe Loaded With Diabetes Fighting Ingredients!
Chili is one of my favorite cold weather foods. Besides tasting great and warming you up on a cold day, almost every ingredient in chili has health benefits. Here is my family's favorite recipe. It's easy and good for you too! 1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained 2 cans kidney beans rinsed and drained 2 cans tomatoes 1 medium to large onion chopped 1 green pepper chopped 2 cloves garlic crushed 2-3 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon cumin salt to taste My favorite way to cook chili is in the crock pot and often I do soups overnight because I cook the ground beef, onions and garlic and then throw everything in the crock pot while I am cooking another dinner. That way I cook two meals at once. When I get up in the morning I turn it off, let it cool and before I go out the door put it in the fridge. All that's left is to heat it up for supper in the evening! The health benefits of chili for diabetes are numerous. Kidney beans are one of the best food sources of fiber providing almost half our daily requirement. Even though the beans are carbohydrate the fiber slows down the blood sugar rise after the meal. Kidney beans also have 57% of our daily need for folate, which lowers homocysteine levels and 20% of our need for magnesium, a natural blood pressure medicine. Chili powder, ground from red chili peppers, contains capsaicin, which fights inflammation, reduces insulin needs and helps lower blood sugars. If you go easy on the salt and choose lean ground beef, every other ingredient in chili will help you fight diabetes in one way or another. If you are watching your weight, 1 small to medium bowl of chili will provide about 500 calories. My problem is that I love bread with my chili, which puts me well over my weight control portion. The great thin Continue reading >>
Looking For The Best Canned Chili (2018)? This Is Your Ultimate Guide!
Looking for The Best Canned Chili (2018)? This is Your Ultimate Guide! Looking for The Best Canned Chili (2018)? This is Your Ultimate Guide! Canned chilis are a healthier alternative to fast food when you want to eat something on the go. They also have long shelf lives, so you wont have to worry about spoilage. You can even rely on them for a tasty meal or snack during emergencies. Although canned goods have had a bad reputation and homemade chili is always preferable, most of our and our familys schedules and appetite dont permit us to make it at home. So, how can you find the best canned chili? This article will tell you everything you need to know! What to Look for in The Best Canned Chili The first and most important thing that you have to know is how to choose the best canned chili. Here are the criteria that you should consider or factors to look out for: A great chili has the best combination of these big three ingredients: beans, tomatoes, and meat. Unless its a vegetarian chili, the right blend of these three can make the difference between the best and the worst chili, even in the canned variety. First, the sauce should be rich, hearty, fresh, and bright from the taste of real tomatoes. Second, the meat should not only be tasty but also fork-tender with a flavor that is not overpowering yet also not masked by the sauce. Lastly, the beans should be soft, rich, and creamy to add texture and substance to the chili, as well as make it super filling. The other thing that made chili the dish loved by many is the delicate hint of tangy, hot, chili peppers that come with it. Everybody wants a punch of heat from their chili, but not too much to send you choking on the sauce or running for milk or water. Of course, the spice level depends on your personal preference, Continue reading >>
Is Chili Another 'no No' Food?
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Can anyone tell me if chili w/beans is comparable to pasta in how slowly or quickly it digests for most people? I made a good size container of it yesterday and had a one cup serving for my lunch. My blood sugar went high, but I blamed it on the half slice of bread I had with it. Tonight however I had the same meal minus the bread and my frickin blood sugar is already 171 (9.5) whereas my pre-meal reading was a respectable 87 (4.8). It was hard enough to give up pasta for the most part and now chili is also on the 'naughty' list? This is definitely a YMMV thing. I eat chilli about once a week, my husband loves it. I make it with beans and lots of meat and veggies. I usually eat it on top of a salad with lots of full fat sour cream , cheese and chopped avacados. I probably wat 1/2 cup - 2/3 cup at a time. I probably spike to 120 or so, maybe it is all the fat I eat. I usually drink a glass of wine with it. Chili can be fairly high in carbs. Beans can definately impact your BG (again YMMV)....but I have seen some cups of chili that have close to 40 Carbs in it....So, if you are watching your carbs, you need to be careful with chili that you did not prepare. There are some good low carb chili recipes, but most have very little (if any) beans in them. My husband loves chili and he is mainly the reason I made it. I used ground turkey as the meat, lots of veggies like fresh tomatoes, onions, a small amount of celery cut up fine, green peppers and Canellini beans (sp). I added a smidgen of grated cheese on top of my chili with no sour cream or crackers either. I might try it one more time with more Continue reading >>
Hearty Turkey Chili Recipe
In a Dutch oven, cook the turkey, onion, celery and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. 1-1/4 cups: 329 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 738mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 8g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch. Continue reading >>
Low-carb Chili - Meals - Diabetes | Healthcentral
David Mendosa / @davidmendosa , Patient Expert Beef chili is the new comfort food. This simple and familiar meal gives many Americans a sense of well-being. The combination of beef, beans, and spices is as American as apple pie and much healthier. Particularly out here in the West where I live, beef chili is as informal as the people, something that goes better with blue jeans than with a coat and tie or a string of pearls. When I travel the small towns of the West, I can usually count on beef chili to be on the lunch or dinner menu. If I find it, you can count on me to order it. Ill do that even though I know that the typical beef chili will be too high in carbs and salt. I also generally avoid beans now that I follow the paleo diet . But beef chili deserves to be the exception that makes eating a comfort. Now even when we travel, we no longer need to settle for second-rate chili that is loaded with carbs that are sure to raise the blood glucose level of anyone who has diabetes. We can take first-rate chili with us. David Kolar, the managing partner of Homestyle Fresh in Portland, Oregon, must have known how much I love beef chili. He sent me several packages of his companys "Homestyles Beef Chili with Beans" that I dutifully heated and ate so that I could report to you on my findings. Based on my experience I was hopeful but not enthusiastic. My closest comparison was Mary Janes Farm Kettle Chili that I used to buy from REI for my backpacking trips. But each package of that stuff has 25 grams of effective carbs and doesnt have any meat. What David Kolar sent me on the other hand has only 4 grams of effective carbs. And it has lots of real beef. A meal of Homestyles Beef Chili with Beans is therefore low carb in anyones diet. Of the 10 grams of total carbs that each p Continue reading >>
Stock Your Kitchen For Diabetes Health
Eating healthy, balanced meals is the key to managing your diabetes. Good nutrition not only helps you control your blood sugar levels, but it also lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol and keeps cravings at bay. When you have the right foods on hand, it’s much easier to stick to a healthy meal plan. Not sure what to stock? Add these must-haves to your shopping list. Beans “Kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans are all great for blood glucose control,” says Jessica Bennett, a dietitian at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “They’re high in fiber and take a long time to digest.” Beans offer a lot of options. They make a tasty side dish, or you can add them to salads, soups, casseroles, and chili. They’re also a great stand-in for meat because they’re high in protein but low in fat. Dried beans are a better choice than canned. They contain less sodium. Soak them overnight and they’ll be ready to cook in the morning. If you go for the ones in a can, rinse them first. That’ll keep the salt down. Salt-Free Seasonings Spices are a great way to jazz up your meals without adding calories or carbs. Just be sure to avoid ones with salt. “Red pepper flakes, oregano, curry, cinnamon, turmeric, and garlic powder [not salt] are all great options,” Bennett says. Whole Grains They’re packed with fiber, but finding them isn’t as easy as it may seem. Some foods only contain a small amount, even though it says “contains whole grain” on the package. Read the ingredients label and look for the following sources to be listed first: Bulgur (cracked wheat) Whole wheat flour Whole oats/oatmeal Whole-grain corn or cornmeal Popcorn Brown rice Whole rye Whole-grain barley Whole farro Wild rice Buckwheat Buckwheat flour Quinoa Bennett sug Continue reading >>
The Best Canned Chili: Our Taste Test Reveals There's Only One Worth Trying
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. 02/07/2014 12:48 pm ETUpdatedFeb 07, 2014 The Best Canned Chili: Our Taste Test Reveals There's Only One Worth Trying Chili is the quintessential winter warm-up food, and whether it's vegetarian or made for meat eaters, one thing is clear: it's always better homemade ( these are our favorite homemade chili recipes , for the record). Canned beef chili must have its merits, as proven by the fact that Hormel has been in business since 1891. But to be honest, it reminds us a lot of dog food. Just to make sure it's not actually dog food, let's compare the ingredients of the two: Purina: Water sufficient for processing, poultry, liver, meat by-products, beef, soy flour, rice, carrots, peas, salt, guar gum, potassium chloride, added color, sodium tripolyphosphate, calcium phosphate, carrageenan, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin A supplement, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, sodium selenite. B-5250 Hormel: Water, beef, textured vegetable protein (soy flour, caramel color), chili powder, corn flour, oatmeal, concentrated crushed tomatoes, contains 2% or less of jalapeo peppers, sugar, flavoring, hydrolyzed soy, corn and wheat protein, salt, yeast extract, modified cornstarch, spices, oleoresin of paprika. "Meat by-products" and a boatload of unpronounceable additives make dog food the clear loser here. Now that we've got it straight that canned chili is indeed NOT dog food, it's time to find out who does the best job of making it for humans. We gath Continue reading >>
What You Should Know About Diabetes And Beans
Beans are a diabetes super food. The American Diabetes Association advises people with diabetes to add dried beans or no-sodium canned beans to several meals each week. They are low on the glycemic index and can help manage blood sugar levels better than many other starchy foods. Beans also contain protein and fiber, making them a healthy two-for-one nutritional component to every meal. With so many types of beans available, there is bound to be one that suits your palette. Learn more about understanding the glycemic index here. Benefits of beans When planning your meals, remember that 1/3 cup of cooked beans is considered one starch diabetic exchange. One diabetic exchange of beans provides about 80 calories and about 15 grams of carbohydrates. If using the beans as a replacement for animal protein, the serving size or diabetic exchange is 1/2 cup. For every half-cup of beans, make sure to account for one very lean protein exchange and one starch exchange. The nutritional information for beans varies slightly from bean to bean. Here’s the nutritional information, 1/3 cup each, for some beans you may want to try: Type Black beans Lima beans Red kidney beans Calories 75 60 73 Protein (g) 5 3 5 Carbohydrates (g) 13 11 12 Fiber (g) 5 3 4 Beans are a good alternative to meat because of their high protein content. Unlike meat, beans have no saturated fat and ample fiber, which makes them a healthy exchange. When looking at exchange lists, beans are usually grouped with starches such as breads and potatoes. But remember that beans tend to be much higher in protein and fiber than other starchy foods. Beans also provide significant soluble fiber, which feeds healthy gut bacteria and results in improved gut health and reduced insulin resistance in animal studies. More research Continue reading >>
How To Make A Great Bowl Of Chili
Like a lot of our favorite meals, a steaming bowl of hot chili is not only delicious but also a terrific opportunity to load up on healthy ingredients like vegetables and beans. While serious aficionados have strong opinions about what makes a great chili (and how searingly spicy it needs to be), the rest of us can happily enjoy the great diversity of options for this thoroughly American dish. The "chili" the dish is named for can really be any kind of pepper: big sweet bells, fiery little habaneros, and just about everything else in between. In other words, if you've only used store-bought chili powder in the past, you're in for a treat. Fresh chili peppers give a dish bright heat; dried ones add a more earthy taste. They can be used together or singly. When working with fresh hot peppers, be sure to wear thin kitchen gloves (or cover your hands with plastic bags) to protect your skin, and wash your cutting board and knives carefully. If you're using dried chilies, you have a few options. You can toast them, stemmed and seeded, in a dry skillet, about 30 seconds per side. At that point, you can either grind them to make your own chili powder, or soak and then chop or puree them. You can also skip the toasting and go right to the soaking. But don't fret: Packaged chili powder (as in the White Bean Chicken Chili recipe) is still legit. Just be sure that it hasn't been sitting around in your cupboard for too long; after a year, its flavor will be gone. There's a rainbow of pepper possibilities, including: fresh habanero, poblano, serrano, and yellow wax peppers (1, 2, 3, 4); dried guajillo and pasilla chilies (5,6); and store-bought (7,8) and homemade (9) chili powders. If you're making a beef chili, the healthiest choice is lean meat; ground lean beef or lean chuck roas Continue reading >>
The Unhealthiest Canned Foods On The Planet
The Unhealthiest Canned Foods on the Planet You knew canned foods were bad, but you didnt know they were this bad. The Unhealthiest Canned Foods on the Planet You knew canned foods were bad, but you didnt know they were this bad. Ill be honest. I try to avoid canned goods at all costs. Between scouring labels to ensure metal tins are free of hormone-disrupting BPA, ensuring nutrition labels arent touting absurdly high sodium contents, and skimming through ingredient lists for nasty additives and preservatives, it seems like buying healthy canned foods is more of a burden than a convenience. While the canned goods landscape is increasingly becoming more diverse and adding more diet-friendly products than ever before, some of the worst diet saboteurs still line the canned goods section. Check your pantry to see if some of these waistline-wrecking picks are taking up precious shelf space and replace them with our Eat This!-approved alternative. And if youd like to continue making more healthy swaps, dont miss these 20 Food Swaps that Double Weight Loss . Campbell's Homestyle Light New England Clam Chowder Per 1 cup: 100 calories, 1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 790 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 5 g protein Dont be fooled into thinking this soup is good for you just because it plasters the words Light and 100 Calories Per Serving on the label. Lurking beneath the aura of natural foods is one nasty additive: titanium dioxide. A recent review found this whitening agent has numerous negative health implications in humans, including hindering the functioning of digestive cells and reducing absorption of nutrients such as iron and zinc. Because it has no nutritional value as an additive other than keeping artificial foods white, theres no reason TD should be in y Continue reading >>
Home Canned Chili - Healthy Canning
This delicious, homemade, hearty chili is a USDA recipe for home pressure canning. Jars of this chili make great take-to-work lunches any time of the year, but particularly in the winters . With this chili on hand, you can whip up a batch of chili fries in no time flat! This isgreat recipe, and hats off to whomever it was that developed it for the USDA. Jar size choices: Half-litre (1 US pint / 16 oz) Processing pressure: 10 lbs (69 kPa) weighted gauge, 11 lbs (76 kpa) dial gauge (adjust pressure for your altitude when over 300 metres / 1000 feet.) Processing time:Half-litres (pints) 75minutes If you are watching your sodium intake, instead of salt, you can use a salt substitute to reduce added sodium levels by 90%, from 1697 mg per pint (half-litre) [for many of us, the USDA recommends no more than 1500 mg sodium daily] down to 145 mg. (We used Herbamare, as it has no bitter taste and does not cloud.) Yield:9 x half-litre jars (US pint jars) 500 g dried kidney beans (3 cups dried / 17 oz) 200 g chopped onion (Measured after chopping. 7 oz / 1-1/2 cups) 150 g seeded and chopped pepper of your choice, sweet or hot or combo (1 cup / 1 large) 2 litres of no salt-added crushed tomatoes in juice, or canned whole tomatoes in juice ( 2 US quarts / 64 oz) 1 tablespoon chili powder (original calls for 3 to 6 tbsp -- your call) We added the following seasonings to boost depth of flavour; treat these as optional: Wash dried beans. Place in large pot, cover with about 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) of water, let stand overnight or 12 to 18 hours. Put in large pot, cover with fresh water (optional: add a few bay leaves), bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer covered for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine ground beef, onion and pepper, and fry until beef is browned. Drain in a mesh strain Continue reading >>
Top Diabetic Chili Recipes
Diabetic Living / Diabetic Recipes / Soup Chili is a delicious and healthful dish that's easy to make for a perfect weeknight meal or game-day crowd-pleaser. These diabetic recipes are loaded with veggies and fiber-filled beans for a nutritional bonus. Farro is a tasty alternative when pasta and rice become boring standbys. Farro is a grain that is gluten-free and filled with fiber. One serving of this chili will give you 5 grams of fiber and large dose of vitamin A. Filled with sweet peppers, chile pepper, salsa, onion, and garlic, this slow cooker chili has a kick your taste buds will love. Plus, it provides 16 percent of your daily need for potassium -- a nutrient that is often inadequate in American diets. This delicious and nutritious low-carb chili is filled to the brim with healthful vegetables such as onion, carrot, celery, and tomatoes, plus sweet-tart apples. You'll reap the rewards of this dish, which is low in cholesterol but high in protein with 17 grams per serving. Continue reading >>
Easy To Make Chili - Good For Diabetic People - Tomatoville Gardening Forums
Easy to make chili - good for diabetic people Here is a recipe that is super easy to make, and it is good if you are diabetic because the beans are a carbohydrate that is digested slowly and are a way to reduce the glycemic index of your diet. *Caution, if beans make you gassy, plan accordingly if you decide to make this for your family 1 LB lean ground turkey or lean ground beef (you could also use a soy meat substitute, but check the sodium level in the substitute because many of them have higher levels of sodium than animal proteins, and the spices in this recipe do have sodium) 1 package (1.25 oz) reduced sodium taco seasoning mix 1 package (1 oz) dried ranch hidden valley salad dressing mix (dried in the package) (optional) 1 c frozen corn I omit this because I don't want the extra carbohydrates from it 1 can (15.5 oz) Northern beans, aka cannelloni 16 oz chicken broth OR water OR 1 can lite beer 1 can (14 1/2 oz) tomatoes with chilies, I use Ro-Tel brand Directions: Brown the turkey (or other meat) in a large stock pot. Drain excess fat. Add taco and ranch seasoning mix to coat the meat. Drain and rinse canned beans. Add to meat in the stock pot. Add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Serve hot. I like to garnish it with cheese and sour cream. My recipe is almost identical to yours. I use venison in mine, add a homemade chili powder/pepper mixture for heat and double the pinto beans. No corn for me either. The ranch dressing seems to give the chili, as the winos say, a different mouthfeel. We make it in bigger batches(3-4 gal) and let it simmer for about 4 hrs. Quart jars of chili go back to Louisville with the kids and to the other daughter. We do venison/vegetable soup the same way. Never tried turkey,maybe someday. We don't do beef anymore except for Continue reading >>
Which Beans Are Good For Diabetics?
Certain foods are particularly healthy for diabetics because they help balance blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of related disorders, such as heart disease. Beans contain high amounts of dietary fiber, the part of a plant food that the body cannot digest or absorb. All beans contain soluble fiber, which dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance that helps reduce cholesterol and glucose. This fiber is found in several types of beans. Video of the Day The deep, rich color of black beans is due to substances called anthocyanin flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that help cleanse the body of toxins and repair damage to cells, according to the site Health Mad. A cup of black beans contains 15 g of fiber, more than half the recommended daily requirement of fiber. This soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels for better diabetes control. Black beans also contain the mineral molybdenum and vitamin B6 or folate, an important nutrient for pregnant women and for protection against heart disease. Lima beans are also healthy for people with diabetes because they contain high amounts of fiber for digestive and colon health. This fiber-rich food helps your body control weight and stabilize blood glucose levels. Lima beans are good sources of the minerals manganese, magnesium and iron, which play important roles in energy metabolism and bone health. Manganese is also important for breaking down dietary fats, protein and carbohydrates. Lima beans also contain protein and carbohydrates and have few calories, little sodium and no saturated fat, according to nutritional info on the Peer Trainer website. Kidney beans are reddish brown and commonly used in dishes such as chili, rice and soups. This type of bean is healthy in a diabetic meal Continue reading >>