I love chilli and it’s one of the easiest meals to whip up and pop in the oven for a good hour or two whilst settling in to a good book or TV programme during the cold winter nights.
Once or twice a week I have a meat free meal, usually of fish, to ensure I get a good boost of vitamins in my diet to keep me fit and healthy. I’d never tried a veggie chilli before, as to be honest, chilli without meat seemed ludicrous to me, but boy how wrong was I.
The best thing about this recipe is that I managed to get two large lunches out of it and it tasted even better after having a couple of days in the fridge where all of the flavours really had chance to mature. Mine had a real kick to it too which was great for warming me up after a cold drive home from work.
Served alongside quinoa, this was a really satisfying meal that left me full for ages after. It would make a great dip for nachos or on a baked spud for a simple and quick snack.
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1-2 garlic cloves
- 1 ½ tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 red or green pepper
- 400g chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 300ml vegetable stock
- 50g frozen peas
- 1 courgette chopped
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 small tin of sweetcorn
- Sweet potato cubed
- 150g quinoa
- Heat some olive oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic for about 8 minutes until softened. Throw in the chilli powder and cumin seeds and mix well.
- Chop the sweet potato and cook in oven for 30-35 minutes until crispy and golden.
- Add the peppers and fry for 5 minutes. Next, add the tomato puree, peas, tin of tomatoes and stock. Leave to cook for 25 minutes on a low heat.
- In a saucepan, cook the quinoa in boiling water for around 10-15 minutes until soft.
- In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the courgette and tin of sweetcorn and simmer.
- In the last 5 minutes, add the cooked sweet potato to the saucepan and mix well. Drain the quinoa and dish up.
- Serve alongside the quinoa and enjoy.