First off...soak it, at least a couple of hours if not overnight.
I add some tomatoes or rotel and a little chili powder.
Sometimes an ounce of FF cheddar, or some of the Medifast crackers..
I'm happy to talk about it, just so long as you don't actually make me eat any...
I like to add either a couple of dashes of Tabasco or 1 tbsp of salsa to the chili. I can enjoy it plain too. I always soak it overnight or 3-4 hours minimum...
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Thank you for the tips MT and Mykl. Salsa, maybe...Had to google Rotel, also maybe... I am going to give them both a shot. Thank you!..
I make 7 pks (1 box) at a time in the crockpot, 2 packs chili seasoning, 2 cans diced tomatos, 1 bag MSF Crumbles and 6 cups water. Cook overnite and divide into 7 containers and freeze. I eat with chili puffs!!.
I just made a box of 7 using 2 packs of low sodium Taco Seasoning for Taco Soup..
I let it soak for a few hours and then cook for 2.5 minutes. Add water to make it the consistency I like then nuke for another minute. I then add 1 wedge of Light Laughing Cow cheese (1/2 healthy fat). Makes it creamy and sooo good...
I just made this for lunch. Let sit for a while beforehand and added a small spoonful of diced cherry peppers. Absolutely delish!..
Chili is one of my favorites, key is soak over night or at least a few hours before heating and I add Chili Powder, but the other suggestions were great too!..
My hubby and I like the chili for lunch two pkgs of soup, one can of spicy Rotel (diced tomatoes and chilis). We have found that all the soups are better if you simmer them on the stove for 5 or 6 minutes.....
Also, a wedge of laughing cow dresses up lots of things I love it mixed in with the scrambled eggs yum...
Oh, thank you for all the advice. I tried again today, with a several hours soak, and some Rotel (new thing for me, I like it) and some shredded lf mozzerella. Was very good.
I could not find Salsa without cheese at Stop and Shop, but will pick some up to try form Whole Foods next time I hit them up.
I am also definitely going to do the crock pot thing. That sounds great. I was recently laid off, so am left to my own devices. But I have been thinking about how I will handle eating at work when I find something new. I like this idea because it will help me with that as well...
I'm a real chili lover...find it to be one of the most satisfying "meals"..
I have discovered that there is an alternative to the overnight/several hours soaking..
I add the desired amont of water, nuke as directed, then tightly cover/seal the chili mixture for 10 minutes. I then add more water to losen to desired consistency and re-nuke for additional 2 minutes, seal/cover for 5-10 minutes..
Finally, I add salsa, and sometimes FF ricotta or FF cottage cheese and nuke to warm..
This may seem like several steps, and it is but it's fun anticipating the yummiest Medifast meal!..
I love chili and taco salad....so I made my chili, added extra chili powder to taste, ground turkey and mix together...pour over your lettuce and top with tomatoes and what ever other OP veggie approved...there is my taco salad....yummmm..
I just ordered the chili & tried it for the first time as well. I agree that it seems to be missing something & is kind of blah. I like all the suggestions here & will likely try them.
Has anyone tried cooking it in an oven? I don't have access to a microwave at work, and was thinking of trying to cook it in the oven we have available. Any suggestions as to how to do it?.
If I'm craving the chili and didn't plan for the pre-soak, I grind it into a powder in my healthmate blender, add 1/4 tsp baking powder and water to make a batter, then mix in 1 ounce of shredded low fat cheddar. Then into the sandwich maker for chili muffins. May sound funny, but I am all about making the meals a bit more PORTABLE, and able to be set down and picked back up later as needed. These are very tasty, and satisfy the need for bread. They have a "strange" texture, kind of like a corn muffin, but that just makes it seem cool to me....it's my chili and corn muffin all-in-one!..
That muffin idea is intriguing! I planned ahead and soaked it overnight. Added a few splashes of Louisiana hot sauce and it wasn't half bad...
I must be weird....I mix a packet of light mayo in mine! (and maybe some chili powder if I feel like it )..