A big pot of warming chilli is one of my favourite dishes to cook up. It's so easy to pack full of goodness, and it's perfect for making in batches to freeze and save.
Homemade vegetable chilli couldn't be easier - essentially you just stir it all up in a pan, get it nice and piping hot before ladling into a bowl ready to enjoy!
And there are so many ways to enjoy this - spooned over a baked potato, accompanied by steaming rice, wrapped in a tortilla... (It's equally good just on its own for a lighter meal!)
Crammed with vegetables in all different colours, it's an excellent way of getting in a good dose of your daily nutrients - plus colourful food is always tastier, right?!
I'm not really much of a meal planner. I'll prep some lunches through the week to save time, but I tend to be more spontaneous about dinner. I try to keep the kitchen stocked with plenty of fresh vegetables, tins of beans and chopped tomatoes - all great ingredients for just throwing together. So feel free to use this recipe as a rough guide and chop and change it to suit what you have to hand.
Depending on portion size, I'd estimate this to make two large portions or four smaller ones - but you can always freeze any leftovers!
Veggie Rainbow Chilli Recipe
1 sweet potato, diced
1 courgette, diced
1 carrot, grated
1 sweet pepper, chopped
1 onion (red or brown) finely chopped
1 clove garlic crushed or finely chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
400g tin of kidney beans
2tbsp olive oil
1 sachet chilli mixture (for easiness. You can of course make your own with a mix of spices!)
1. Preheat oven to 180°c and line a baking tray with tin-foil.
2. Peel and chop the sweet potato into small cubes, arrange on the baking tray, drizzle with 1tbsp of oil and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
3. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan over a medium heat, then add the onion and garlic. Cook until softened, then add the chopped peppers.
4. Pour the chilli mixture into the pan, then add the chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, courgettes, grated carrot and the baked sweet potato. Stir everything together, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until cooked through before serving!
And that's all you have to do. Let me know if you try this out and what your top tips are for cooking chilli.
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