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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Delicious (Vegan) Chili

I don't know about you but I love winter and it's mostly because I love those winter comfort foods. I know, I know, it's not winter yet, but the weather is getting cooler an I'm diving straight into some of my favourite (and very missed) winter foods.

This vegan chili-style meal is incredibly easy, you just throw it all in a saucepan and let it cook itself. It's also incredibly budget-friendly to make (always a bonus!).

You'll need

3 tins of beans/lentils. Use what you like, I'm going to use Red Kidney Beans, Butter Beans and Lentils but you can use whatever you like (such as Lima Beans, chick Peas, etc). Make sure you drain and rinse the beans before adding them to your dish.
2 tins of crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon of cumin

1 table spoon of Honey (or if you're strictly vegan, you can use 2 tablespoons of Sultanas)
1 Onion
3-4 cloves of Garlic
A dash of olive oil
4-5 cups of vegetables chopped into bite-sized pieces
(I'm using Pumpkin, Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Capsicum)
Salt & Pepper

First, brown the onion and garlic in the saucepan on medium heat for a minute or two, then add the crushed tomatoes, beans and 1/2 a cup of water, stir through.

Add your vegetables then stir through again.

Next add your cumin, honey and/or sultanas, and a pinch of salt and pepper, stir it through and leave it on medium heat until it's bubbling, then turn it down to low and leave it to simmer.

It will be ready when your vegetables are cooked which will take 15-30 minutes depending on the vegetables you use. I put a lid over mine to speed up the cooking process but this is optional.

I served mine with a scoop of brown rice, delish!

Want to serve more people? Easy! Just add more beans, tomatoes, water and cumin. They're all really affordable ingredients (roughly $1 a tin) and can easily extend out your meal.
This meal freezes well too, if you want to make some for another night. It'll store in the refrigerator for about a week.

Why is it good for you?

Beans are packed with protein and fibre so they fill you up quickly, they're also bursting with iron, potassium and magensium which are all essential to a healthy body.

Beans are also fantastic a lowering cholesterol, which also lowers your risk of many diet associated diseases such as heart disease.

This chili-style dish is also an easy way to get extra vegetables in your diet, always a plus!

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