Originally Posted by snack_pack85
I have always wondered about this question too. Andy, what about dishes like enchiladas? Or chili? I make a huge pot of chicken chili every couple of months how do I figure the calories for something like that?
For dishes like chili or enchiladas, it's not as accurate. When you cook meats, you render out fat and juices that contain calories and never get into the finished dish. So you cannt just add the calories of the raw ingredients.
What you need to know is 'how many calories in a pound of uncooked "X" after it's cooked'.
The USDA has a nurtient database
that you can access online or download to your computer to use without an internet connection. It carries 'yield' information on foods. That is yield from a certain amount of raw food after it's cooked. Just what you need.