Questions I get asked on a regular basis
At the request of some of you out there, I have started "Meat Free Monday" this will be a weekly blog with one recipe idea that will either be a Cj personal special or one that I use (and I'll credit the source).
But why Meat Free Monday? Well you see, going completely meat free doesn't work for everyone. They can sustain for maybe a week or two then have a relapse. So choosing one day of the week to go meat free, not only reduces your meat intake (so that you can being to feel confident in your ability to switch) but it lays the foundation for the long term habit, and one day out of seven is very doable right?
Based on your feedback I'll keep posting. So do let me know in the comments if you liked it, remember to share it on social media, and also let me know what kind of recipes you would like to see more or less of.
So lets jump into this weeks recipe.
Marvellous Meat Free Chilli
looks delicious right?
Below is the basic recipe that I got ("lifted") from the yummly app. I made some modifications to it, to upgrade it's awesomeness, so I'll add those details in the description too. It takes around 30 minutes to make, so if you are short on time and want a filling meal this is certainly for you.
First off, here's the ingredients
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 red onion
1 red pepper
3 garlic cloves
1/2 tbsp chili powder
Liberal sprinkle of smoked paprika (my addition)
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 kg canned tomatoes
384 grams lentils
480 grams kidney beans
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 Chopped sweet potato (my addition)
1 Chopped courgette (my addition)
Total Time: 30 mins
How To Make It...
In a large pot heated to medium, chop then sauté the onion in oil for about 2 minutes until soft and fragrant.
Chuck in the red pepper and cook for another minute or so. Get handy with the spices and add them all in. Stir to combine sautéing for another 2 minutes, once you've done that, add in minced garlic and stir.
Reduce heat to prevent the garlic from burning. Add a small amount of the crushed tomatoes Sauté this for another 2 minutes.
Add in the remaining crushed tomatoes, lentil, kidney beans, courgette, sea salt, and ground pepper, smoked paprika (and the optional chopped sweet potato). Stir to combine, cover with a lid, and simmer for 20 minutes.
You can cook longer for a richer, deeper flavour, but if you are short on time it should be ready in 20 minutes.
Top with vegan sour cream, chopped green onions, and more ground pepper.
Try it and let me know what you think in the comments section below.