The classic chilli

I can’t tell you how many times batch cooking has saved the healthy eating day here! An hour spent over the weekend is pure gold when you come home frazzled after a super long day to find you have a delicious dinner already prepared 🙂

Having a few classic recipes in your healthy eating toolkit that you can make in bulk, means you will never be without a great meal. Keep in the fridge for a supper later in the week or simply portion up and freeze for another day.

This recipe is one of our absolute favourites and who doesn’t love Mexican? Its quick to put together and can be adapted for different meals during the week. The flavours only improve the next day – winning! Pack in as much veg as you fancy here and add more chilli if you can take the heat.

Classic Lentil Chilli

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 large courgette (optional)
  • 170g mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder
  • 300ml water
  • 180g green lentils
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 500g pack of passata
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • Salt and pepper

Serves at least six

Place the lentils in a bowl and cover with boiling water while you prepare the vegetables.

Chop all the vegetables and place in a large pan.

Strain the lentils. Add all the other ingredients except the salt, place on the heat and bring to the boil.

Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour until everything is tender. Add more water if necessary. Taste and season before serving.

Try making this in the slow cooker and leave on low for at least six hours.

Try serving with brown rice, salad, plain tortilla chips and don’t forget the guacamole! Its a great way to pack extra flavour into the dish and those good fats from the avocado. Simply mash an avocado with the juice of half a lime and a little salt then throw in a finely chopped tomato, a couple of spring onions and a handful of fresh coriander. Mix well and then check the seasoning to taste. Easy and so much more fresh tasting than anything you can buy!

This is also fab with a baked potato or served solo with flatbreads. Pretty much however you like it!!

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