Is chili a good healthy "staple"?

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  1. yamaha_rgx

    yamaha_rgx Guest

    Lately I've been making a big batch of it and freezing it, its been a huge part of my diet. I put a lot of vegetables in it and tomato obviously, but I've heard that when you simmer stuff for a long time it loses it's nutritional value. Should I be eating more raw vegetables and fruits?
  2. Ferrous

    Ferrous New Member

    Sep 27, 2005
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  3. yamaha_rgx

    yamaha_rgx Guest

    I soak the beans overnight, basically eliminates the stuff that makes you a gas factory
  4. yamaha_rgx

    yamaha_rgx Guest

    I know that it's good for a ton of protein, I guess I'm just wondering if the vitamins/antioxidants would survive in there.
  5. Genghis.Tron

    Genghis.Tron New Member

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    Raw is better but we can't expect to eat raw veggies all the time. Recipes are a nice change from the usual salad and it can be convenient because you can cook a huge amount of food in the crockpot and put it in ziploc containers to be able to bring them everywhere. Eating this is still a lot better than eating junk when you're out.
  6. AmCo

    AmCo Haters goin' Hate

    Sep 20, 2003
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    i love chili. :) i wanna know too
  7. TZ

    TZ Banned

    Sep 27, 2006
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    Chili is great
  8. chizzle

    chizzle Active Member

    May 23, 2003
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    If it does, it's probably a trivial amount.
  9. MWHC22

    MWHC22 Bier/Deutsch/Homebrew/ Packers/Blackhawks/Outdoor

    May 10, 2001
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    I was thinking about doing this with my chilli i make too.... I know cooking does kill some vitamins and whatnot...antioxidents will be lower too... but isn't that why we have suppliments and a diverse diet of raw and cooked foods?
  10. MoP

    MoP New Member

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    Toon Town, Canada
    If you use lean ground beef or turkey, chilli is AWESOME
  11. pimpofthenation

    pimpofthenation OT Supporter

    Aug 10, 2005
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    near DETROIT, but less presidential
    My brother just crockpotted a huge batch of turkey chili :yum:

    Two heaping bowls yesterday, one today.

    I'm kinda :fart:'ing the office out right now
  12. deadbolt

    deadbolt Active Member

    Apr 18, 2004
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    Southern California
    lets get some good chili recipes in here
  13. TheProwler

    TheProwler Well-Known Member

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    I don't see how cooking would make you lose the vitamins. At most, they'd leach into the broth, so just eat the whole bowl. Vitamins aren't like proteins, which lose the hydrogen bonds at higher temperatures and denature (not that that matters dietarily - you absorb almost all your protein as amino acids). Thiamin, riboflavin, vitamins D, E, A, K, C, etc., shouldn't break down from boiling. I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem likely.
  14. bigdamray

    bigdamray New Member

    Jul 18, 2006
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    Note: Please take time to read this slowly. If you pay attention to
    the first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better.

    For those of you who have lived in Texas, you know how true this is.

    They actually have a chili cook-off about the time Halloween comes
    around. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the San
    city park. The notes are from an inexperienced chili taster named
    Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL.

    Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a
    Chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I
    happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions
    to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the
    other two judges (native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that
    spicy and, besides they told me I could have free beer during the
    tasting, so I accepted."

    Here are the scorecards from the event: (Frank is Judge #3)

    Chili # 1 Eddie's Maniac Monster Chili...

    Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
    Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.
    Judge # 3 -- (Frank) What the hell is this stuff?! You could remove
    dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put out the
    flames. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy!

    Chili # 2 Austin's Afterburner Chili...

    Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.
    Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor; needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
    Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure
    what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two
    people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush
    in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

    Chili # 3 Ronny's Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili...

    Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick. Needs more beans.
    Judge # 2 -- A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of peppers.
    Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels
    like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now.
    Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back,
    now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting pie-eyed
    from all of the beer...

    Chili # 4 Dave's Black Magic...

    Judge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.
    Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish, or other mild foods;
    not much of a chili.
    Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was
    unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the
    barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 300-lb. woman is starting to look
    HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?

    Chili # 5 Lisa's Legal Lip Remover...

    Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
    Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.
    Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead, and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four
    people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her
    that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly
    on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges
    asked me to stop screaming. Screw those rednecks.

    Chili # 6 Pam's Very Vegetarian Variety...

    Judge # 1 -- Thin, yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.
    Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.
    Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I pooped on myself when I farted and I'm worried it will eat through the chair! No one seems inclined to stand behind me
    except that Sally. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my butt with a snow cone.

    Chili # 7 Carla's Screaming Sensation Chili...

    Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.
    Judge # 2 -- Ho-hum; tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should take note that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress, as he is cursing uncontrollably.
    Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing.
    I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water.
    My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth.
    My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what
    killed me. I've decided to stop breathing; it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not
    getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my

    Chili # 8 Karen's Toenail Curling Chili...

    Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold, but spicy enough to declare its existence.
    Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild, nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge number 3 farted, passed out fell over, and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor fella, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili? if he's going to make it. Poor fella, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili?
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