You’re Getting Warmer!

Chili makes me a bit nostalgic; it was one of my Mom’s go-to dishes for dinner. Strangely, we’d always have chili with carrot sticks and cinnamon rolls because that’s what my Mom’s elementary school offered with chili at lunch!

Despite usually being packed full of nutritious goodies (fiber, protein, iron), chili can easily be a sneaky calorie concealer. Nonetheless, there are a few recipes, orders and methods to ensure your bowl is good for you eats.

A bowl of red is a soul-warmer and football tailgate standby, so be sure to take a look at my top tips about this peppery dish! (Sadly, this post missed National Chili Month by a nose—I’ll remember next October :) )

At Home: This recipe, another of my Hungry Girl faves, is veggie-packed deliciousness with only 120 calories and a great 6 grams of fiber per cup!

Hungry Girl’s Dan Good Chili takes some time to put together, but it makes a large batch that either serves a crowd or will feed you for days!

In a Hurry: Next time you’re in the freezer aisle, dig around for a box (with a bowl inside) of Boca Meatless Chili. This vegetarian-friendly microwave dish is perfectly spicy, chock full of beans and is an awesome baked potato topper!

Nutrition Information (per bowl):

  • 150 calories
  • 1 gram fat
  • 20 grams protein (!)
  • 12 grams fiber

(Image courtesy of iateapie.net)

On the Road: During the holiday season, we often find ourselves at the mercy of whatever restaurants appear at rest stops along the journey. Hmm, McDonald’s, KFC or Arby’s? Well add Wendy’s to your list of fast food options—it has some great choices for those who are looking for fairly healthy foods. Besides the fresh side salads, baked potatoes (no butter please!) and mandarin orange option as a side, Wendy’s has some delicious chili!

(Image courtesy of wendys.com)

Check out the stats for a small order:

  • 190 calories
  • 6 grams fat
  • 14 grams protein
  • 5 grams fiber

Way to go Wendy!

I’ll leave you with a few chili fun facts to impress your friends with at your next football party or chili dinner:

  • Vanna White likes to make her chili with ground turkey, chicken broth and pinto beans
  • Texans claim that “real chili” has no beans
  • Cincinnati is home to three times as many chili restaurants as McDonald’s locations. A popular chili-centered dish in this Ohio city is the 3-way, 4-way or 5-way (not as dirty as they sound). A 3-way is spaghetti topped with chili and cheese, a 4-way adds kidney beans to that dish and a 5-way is all of the above with onions on top.

(Thanks to Bush’s Baked Beans for contributing to my trivia knowledge!)

Are you a chili fan? If so, what is your favorite kind and/or what is your choice way to eat it (Dipped with crackers? Atop Pasta? Straight from the bowl?)

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