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CHILI OF THE VALLEY.

RIGHT STUFF

There's something about a steamy bowl of chili--the velvety beans and spicy sauce--that tastes just right in the fall. And there's something about a can of chili--the oddly spiced beans or the borderline lethal dose of sodium--that tastes just wrong any time of year.

Health Valley to the rescue. Its Mild Vegetarian, Burrito, Three Bean, Lentil, and Spicy (no joke) Black Bean canned vegetarian chilies are deliciously rich-tasting. The company clearly knows what to do with tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, herbs, and beans. (The company's No Salt Added flavors fall flat, but you can perk them up with garlic, ground cumin, cayenne, and chili powder.)

Just heat and eat ... in a bowl, spooned over pasta or a baked potato, as a dip for baked chips, or rolled in a tortilla with a sprinkle of shredded low-fat cheese.

They're 99 percent fat-free, they're low in calories (160), and they're loaded with protein (13 grams per cup), fiber (12 grams--half a day's worth), vitamin A (a day's worth), and vitamin C and iron (20 percent of a day's worth).

What sets Health Valley apart is that, unlike much of the competition, it relies on good cooking, not salt, for flavor. With 65 to 320 milligrams of sodium per cup, Health Valley runs rings around Hormel chilies like Vegetarian with Beans (780 mg) and Less Sodium with Beans (930 mg).

Health Valley: 423-4846.
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