meal components: protein + veggie serving
This hCG Diet Chili recipe is designed to be made FAST in the Instant Pot, but you can just as easily do this stovetop a bit longer (instructions below) or in a slow cooker. Chili is super versatile that way!
Tips on making this recipe hCG Diet P2 approved AND super extra flavorful?
- Use the leanest beef you can possibly find.
- Use fire-roasted canned tomatoes. Life-changing really if you haven’t tried them.
- Use the dried herbs and use FRESH ones – you can find super affordable herbs online at savoryspiceshop.com. They really have so much more flavor. And did I mention affordable? Especially if you get them in plastic bags and not the glass jars (you can always transfer them to old spice jars later right!) #savingyoumoola #yourwelcome
- Salt is a very individual thing but is a main way that the flavor of the other ingredients are brought out and enhanced. I read this in a REAL chefy book okay – it explains the science behind how salt does this. I like my food pretty salty, so I might add a bit more than the recipe indicates. Salt to taste.
Tips on batch cooking while still getting accurate hCG Diet Portions of food:
This chili is the perfect batch cook recipe as it freezes and defrost well. So quick hint on making proper portions when batch cooking:
Once you select how many servings you want to make this for in the recipe, let’s say 6, cook your chili.
Then put it all in a large glass measuring beaker (most of us have those 4 cup ones- you might need to fill it a couple time depending on much you make),
then divide the total cups the recipe yielded by the number of servings you made.
So if the 6 servings you made yields 10 cups of chili, 10/6 = 1.6 cups (let’s call that just over 1 1/2 cups shall we?) So then you can portion our 1 and a half cups of chili into freezer bags and stick it in the freezer. Boom. Defrost 1 meal at a time easily and know you have the right amount and the right calories.
Weird but true fact:
Did you know spices have CALORIES? I don’t know why but I somehow thought they like, didn’t count. But we always include even spices and herbs in our calorie counts, just so you know it’s about as accurate as you can get!
Shameless Instant Pot Plug
If you are still wondering what all the hype about the Instant Pot is about (or as my cute mom calls it, the “insta-pot”)….perhaps if I let you know that our family uses it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. that might show just how useful it is. Most my other kitchen appliances are like a once a month deal. The Instant Pot is not something that you will relegate to the pantry with those canned goods that expired 3 years ago, I can promise you that.