The girls didn't hesitate to crack their books open and start reading about Haylie's plan. They were surprised to see so many healthy versions of their favorite foods. Haylie's book offers 4 weeks of meal plans with over 50 recipes included. She also has vegetarian, organic and gluten-free options. I even got the guys in on all the healthy action! Who says men don't diet?
I decided to serve my friends chili for the party because I think chili is the perfect comfort food to gather friends around a table and dig into a good book. Haylie has an amazing chili recipe in her book that is so easy to follow. All of the ingredients go right into the slow cooker for 5 hours. That gave me plenty of time to set the table, prepare all of the garnishes and read a little more of the book myself.
The chili was a HIT!!! Even my husband said it was the best chili he's had. Thanks Haylie! We had a great time learning how to boost our metabolisms while eating a great meal. This is definitely a plan that I can make time for. I look forward to seeing the progress we all make in 4 weeks. Make sure to get your copy of The Fast Metabolism Diet and see if you can lose more weight by eating more food!
Here is Haylie's delicious and simple recipe for chili:
Turkey or Buffalo ChiliServes 6 (a single portion is 1.5 cups)
Prep time: 25 minutes. Cook time: 5 to 8 hours, depending on slow-cooker setting
- 1 to 1½ pounds lean ground turkey or buffalo meat
- ½ cup diced red onion, or more if desired
- 2 Tbls. fresh parsley or cilantro
- 1 heaping Tbls. chili powder
- 1 Tbls. minced garlic
- ½ tsp. crushed red chili flakes
- 15-ounce can white beans
- 15-ounce can kidney beans (no sugar added)
- 15-ounce can black beans
- 15-ounce can pinto beans
- 15-ounce can lentils or adzuki beans
- 4 cups chopped zucchini
- 4 cups (32 ounces) organic red bell pepper tomato soup or tomato soup (I like Pacific or Imagine brands)
- 1 heaping tsp. sea salt
Turn a slow cooker to high setting. Add the meat, onion, parsley, chili powder, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the pot. Stir, cover and set aside.
Open and partially drain all 5 cans of beans; I leave a little liquid in to make my chili a little juicier. Add the beans, zucchini, and soup to the cooker. Stir well. Keep the cooker set on high for 4 to 5 hours or adjust heat to low and simmer for 6 to 8 hours.
Stir and taste occasionally, adjusting seasonings as needed. Add the salt just before serving to best preserve its nutrients.
Note for those following the Fast Metabolism Diet: This meal is appropriate for Phase One. Because this chili contains such a large amount of starchy legumes, it counts as a Grain as well as Protein and Veggie servings. No need to add an additional grain to the meal, even if the meal map specifies a grain.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was offered sample books and asked to host a party. These are just my two cents!