Vegetarian Chilli and Baked Potato

Chilli is probably my favourite home cooked meal (okay, I know I’ve said before that pizza is my fave but I’m going to class that as more of a snack or, you know, addiction). I could eat it by the gallon.

I’m not vegetarian, but I find eating veggie meals regularly is a great way to cut calories, get your five a day and be a little kinder to the environment, not to mention saving a few quid by avoiding the hefty price of meat. So I knocked this up- a vegetarian chilli, but with all the same flavour as the usual con carne variety! It comes to around 345 calories per person, which is brilliant if you’re trying to watch your waistline.

So, this is how I did it…
(Serves 2)

  1. The baked potato takes a while in the oven, so give that somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half (or microwave for 7-8 minutes if you’re short on time)
  2. Into a hot frying pan, I added the onion, carrot and garlic and fried them together for a couple of minutes.
  3. Then I added, well, pretty much everything else. The tin of chopped tomatoes, the Quorn, the pepper, the tomato puree and all the spices- paprika, cumin, cinnamon, chilli flakes, salt and pepper. This is a vegetarian recipe, of course, but if you really feel like you need some kind of meat in there, you can add a crumbled beef stock cube into the pan at this point too. But, I promise, it really doesn’t need it!
  4. Anyway, meat or no meat, this is simmered for 15-20 minutes with the kidney beans added for the last couple of minutes.
  5. Then just go ahead and take the potato out of the oven, open it up and pile the chilli on top!

VEGETARIAN CHILLI
150g Quorn mince300g Quorn Meat Free Mince – £1.49 – Lidl
1 medium onion, choppedTesco Brown Onions – 15.8p / 75p per kg
1 medium carrot, chopped1kg bag of Morrisons Wonky Carrots – 35p
1 medium bell pepper, choppedThe Salad Box Loose Red Peppers – 39p – Aldi
Tin of chopped tomatoesASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice – 29p
1 tsp of tomato pureeTesco Tomato Puree Double Concentrated – 35p
1 beef stock cube, crumbled – OPTIONAL: If you’re sticking to a vegetarian recipe, leave this out! You won’t miss it. If you’re a devoted carnivore, you can add a stock cube for some extra meaty flavour – Tesco Everyday Value Beef Stock Cubes – 30p
Tin of kidney beansASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water – 30p

BAKED POTATO
1 medium jacket potatoPack of 4 Wood Farm British Baking Potatoes – 85p – Aldi

SEASONING
Seasoning is essential to this dish, so please make sure your store cupboard is stocked up on these before attempting this one! Garlic goes in to be fried with the onion and carrot, and I think paprika, cumin, cinnamon and chilli flakes make a great flavour combo for a chilli. And, of course, salt and pepper for good measure!

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