Soups and Chili

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Penny March 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

My MIL has just started the Medifast diet. She is very confused on what spices she can use to add to her food when cooking. She also would like to know if she is allowed to use rotissorie chicken you buy at the grocery store that is already cooked. Thank you so much! She doesn’t use a computer so I am trying to help her. Your blog looks like it will be very helpful to her. Thanks so much! Penny

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Millie April 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

I do not think we are allowed to eat rotissorie chicken due to the fact that it is cooked with the skin on which adds fat and calories.

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thais hinton September 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

we are allowed to eat rotissierie chicken, just don’t eat the skin and weigh out your portion. it’s an expensive but tasty way to eat chicken

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MommosSkinny May 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

Penny, I wouldn’t make rotisserie chicken a staple I have used it but taking off the skin and patting the slices I’m serving lightly with a paper towel to absorb extra fats. I counted the fat that remained as my fat for the day. Should only be used occasionally. A better option is to find roasted or baked chicken breasts that are already prepared. Many grocery have prepared sections with these (check w/the chef and find out if they are based with oil to enhance their flavor, if so steer clear). Also, grilled chicken strips are available at Costco that work. See what you have similar in your area.

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shelley May 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

Has anyone used the cream of chicken soup with chicken breasts to make a creamy chicken dish???

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MommosSkinny May 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

Shelley, the biggest problem is that you’re mixing up your meals. The cream of chicken is a complete meal. When you combine it with your chicken as part of your Lean & Green, you’re going to have a difficult time eating the correct amounts every 2-3 hours and staying in fat burning. I’ve mixed the packets and “regular” foods on holidays like Thanksgiving and doing it for a special occasion or a dinner party to make the plan fit your life on a limited basis is preferably to just going off plan entirely but I wouldn’t do that a regular basis without getting nutrition support’s help. At least that’s how I lost 85 lbs. You can email them at nutritionsupport@tsfl.com. They are happy to help with specific recipes.

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Sylvia July 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I just started on this plan. I am having a problem with selecting the meals. The soups all have after tastes. I tried the snacks (pretzels sticks) they also have an after taste. I do ok with the shakes (vanilla and cherry). I am on the 5 and 1 plan. The lemon crunch bar tastes ok. I need this to work. What can I do.

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joyce July 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I really like the peanut chocolate crunch bars, the eggs are not to bad,i put hot sauce or catsup on them remember to count the ketchup. the chicken with wild rice soup is good..i have just ordered my next month and have added chili, sloppy joe and some chips…hope they are good will let you know.. i have made kale chips and they are ok ..like a chip.. i just love the crunch.. i have to have crunch and meat..i have also put my lemon and chocolate bars in freezer, really good on these hot days and they last longer .0)

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April July 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Hey Sylvia,

Just keep trying. I too hated the “after taste” with almost everything. I think it is the soy in the products. After a few weeks your tastebuds get used to it. There are a lot of tips & tricks to use also.

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Sabrina August 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

Try combining your soup mix with water and refrigerating it for a couple of hours. Then you just pop it in the microwave and heat. Aso try adding a bit of chicken or beef bullion to your water as it kicks up the flavor.

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CJ September 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

Also – make soup the night before and let it sit. And use veggie stock – improves everything!

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Blanca October 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I’ve tried th MF chx w/rice. I cant get it to cook enough to get the crunch out. Its like the rice or beans are not done. I heat water to boil,add package, let it sit then cook a bit longer 1min in micro. Any advice??

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MommosSkinny October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Blanca, the soups are all dehydrated. The instructions on the package are the easiest possible method of preparing the products because some people just don’t want to have to do any work. My suggestions is that you try one of more of these things.
1. Use organic, low-sodium chicken broth in place of the water. Be sure to stay within your condiment count for the day. If you don’t have enough condiments, use part water and part broth.
2. Prepare the soup way in advance to allow time for the product to fully rehydrate. My husband eats a lot of the soups and he mixes them and completes the first cooking phase the night before he wants to eat them. When cool, he places them in the refrigerator overnight, takes them to work the next day and heats them up at lunchtime. If you don’t want to do it the night before, try at least doing it at breakfast time and letting them sit until lunch.
3. If that takes to long and you don’t mind using the stove. Mix the package and the broth and/or water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes. You may even like it will a little more liquid than the recipe calls for. Particularly if your extra liquid is water it will not affect your weight loss. The closed saucepan on the stove top does a good job of re-hydrating the ingredients faster than the microwave.

I hope this helps.

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Denise October 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I like to cook the soups then purée them in my blender. Very creamy.

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kathleen fernald November 15, 2012 at 7:28 am

Does anyone have any recipes or ideas for the tomato soup? I love the real tomato soup so I was excited that Medifast had one but it is really gross. I hate to waste it.

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Mary March 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Boy, do I agree about the disappointing tomato soup. I was going to try to make gazpacho out of it with some chopped peppers, cucumber and onions and a dash of tabasco sauce or a sprinkle of chili powder. This is a mexican soup that is served cold and loaded with vegetables.

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Pamela August 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Maybe if we added a half cup of real tomato, and a little seasoning, it would improve? I haven’t even tried my medifast tomato soups yet. Guess I’m chicken.

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Julie Dietsch February 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I would love some ideas for the sloppy joe. I know I can put it on a vegetable, but are there any other ideas?

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Julia in Woodinville, WA, USA March 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

Have you heard of the tofu shirataki noodles? There is a specific way to prepare them, but we have used them and found them an interesting and OK item. (Not a good sales pitch, but an idea.) Here is a link to a Hungry Girl article about them: http://www.hungry-girl.com/newsletters/raw/247 Of course the nitpickers will have some feedback regarding these being not MF “allowed”.

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Lisa May 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I’ve heard of a Beef Storganoff using the Tofu Shirataki noodles. Does any one know of this recipe? Thanks

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