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HG's Funkadelic Chili Mac
HG's Funkadelic Chili Mac

Chili Out, Dude!
Now that fall is almost here, we can start thinking about comfort foods... like chili mixed into pasta! Whip up our AMAZINGLY hearty Funkadelic Chili Mac ASAP!

Ingredients:
One 14.5-oz. can stewed tomatoes, roughly chopped, juice reserved
1 cup canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like the kind by Boca or Morningstar Farms)
1 onion, chopped
1 red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup chopped portabella mushrooms
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 tsp. chili powder, or more to taste
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. ground cumin, or more to taste
5 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni with at least 2g fiber per 2-oz. serving
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
Optional: cayenne pepper

Directions:
To make the chili, bring a large pot sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add all ingredients -- including the reserved tomato juice -- except macaroni and cheese. Stir thoroughly. Cover and cook until veggies are tender, about 15 minutes, occasionally removing the lid to stir.

Meanwhile, prepare macaroni according to package instructions, in boiling water for about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Once both are cooked, add drained pasta to the pot of chili. Mix thoroughly. Season to taste with cayenne pepper and additional spices, if you like. Evenly top each serving with cheese and enjoy!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS


Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups
Calories: 297
Fat: 2g
Sodium: 637mg
Carbs: 55.5g
Fiber: 9.75g
Sugars: 11.5g
Protein: 19g

PointsPlus® value 8*
Chili Mac, Average
Chili Mac, Average

Silly Mac...
Chili mac is some serious comfort food. For the unfamiliar, here's the lowdown: Beefy, greasy chili is mixed with loads of starchy pasta, and then the duo is topped off with a whole lotta cheese. In the funky 5-way version, onions and beans are also included. Hmmm... could it be that this dish is traditionally high in calories? Um, DOY, of course it is! An order of cheesy chili 'n pasta at Steak 'n Shake has 1,170 calories (ACK) and 63 grams of fat (DOUBLE ACK!). Then there are the standard homemade versions, lovingly crafted for maximum deliciousness with no regard for the nutritional value. Even supermarket chili macs often contain excessive amounts of calories and too, too many fat grams. Oh, no! Whaddya do? Make HG's Funkadelic Chili Mac, people! First, we whip up our own chili base -- it's SO not difficult -- loaded with lean protein and lots of veggies. Next, we combine it with some fibered-up pasta. Then we sprinkle it with guilt-free cheese, and voilĂ ! We hope you like the word "Mmmmmmmm," because you'll be hearing it a LOT after making this dish!

Serving Size: 1 order/portion
Calories: 720
Fat: 34g
Sodium: 1,702mg
Carbs: 69g
Fiber: 7g
Sugars: 13g
Protein: 34g

PointsPlus® value 19*
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