Packing in the calories is a must for anyone with cystic fibrosis. The key is to prepare food with more energy per bite. Here is a collection of recipes with high-calorie density to make meeting your nutritional goals a little easier… and tastier!

Please consult with your nutritionist to see if these recipes are right for you.

Crock-Pot Chili

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1 (28 oz.) can tomatoes
  • 1 (20 oz.) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 large bay leaf

Brown ground beef in skillet for 10 minutes; drain. Add onions, green pepper, chili powder, salt, red pepper and paprika. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans and bay leaf. Simmer for 2 ½ hours or pour into crock-pot and cook on medium for 6 to 8 hours. Add small amount of water if necessary. Yield: 4 servings, 437 calories per serving.

Source: Page 55, Cooking Up Calories from the Pittsburgh Cystic Fibrosis Center; Judy Fulton, RD, Clinical Nutritionist