A Vegan Chilli – For Julie

I have been feeling a little below par this week and have been getting increasingly itchy and scratchy.  Today a rash broke out and became worse as the morning went along.  I eventually went to the Doctors but they are not sure why I have it.  They think it is an allergic reaction rather than a viral illness.  The only thing I am eating/drinking that is different to usual is the macadamia nut mylk I have been enjoying so I am going to avoid it for now.  The Little Fella was delighted as I keep catching him drinking it and he immediately declared the new carton to be all his.

The good news today is that it was weigh in day and I lost 2 more pounds which brings my total loss this year so far to 10 pounds.  I am happy with that.

I enjoyed my breakfast today.pear and nut butter 1/2 a cup of oatmeal made in to porridge with 1 cup of macadamia nut mylk, topped with a grated pear and 1 tbsp mixed nut butter.  A modest portion and all very delicious.porridge and pear I met Lucy for a coffee in Cocolicious after seeing the Doctor.  They made me a very good latte, made with almond milk.  It was thick and frothy like a dairy latte.  Cocolicious has a range of non dairy milks so if you are avoiding dairy and want a decent coffee, head over!

I had an apple while I prepared a salad at home for lunch.apple 16-1-15 I bought this lovely lettuce and tub of mixed sprouts in Wholefoods Market earlier this week and used these as the main ingredients in the salad.lettuce and sprouts I made it in to a salad with cherry tomatoes, pomegranate and an avocado.salad 15-1-15 3 I added a simple dressing made with 1 tbsp olive oil, the juice of a small lime and salt and pepper.salad 15-1-15 2 It was tasty and ultra nutritious; just what I needed.salad 15-1-15 1 Supper was a jacket potato with the last of this weeks vegan chilli.  Julie asked me for the recipe as I haven’t posted it on the blog.  I do add different vegetables each time I make it as I tend to use what I have in the fridge.  The recipe I follow comes from this book which I have had for many years.  I will give the recipe as it is in the cook book, which is a great one to have to hand because it is so simple.Classic Vegetarian Cookbook

Vegan Chilli (serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped
  • 2 red or green peppers, cored, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 fresh green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 x 400g cans peeled tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g cans red kidney beans
  • salt and pepper

Method

  1. Warm the oil in a large saucepan over a moderate heat
  2. Add the onions, cover and cook for 5 minutes
  3. Add the peppers, cover and cook for another 5 minutes
  4. Add the chillies, garlic and cumin seeds, stir and add the tomatoes
  5. Drain the beans, reserving the liquid.
  6. Make the liquid up to 150ml with water if necessary
  7. Pour the liquid and beans in to the saucepan
  8. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce the heat and cook gently until the mixture is heated through and looks thick (takes about half an hour)

I nearly always use 2 different beans for variety.  Recently I used 1 can of red kidney beans and 1 can of black eyed beans and last week I used a can of chickpeas.

If you mash some of the beans before adding them, it makes the sauce thicker

The batch I made this week also had 2 chopped courgettes and a can of sweetcorn in it.  Play around with it and add what you have to hand or you particularly like.  I will add butternut squash next time as I have several in the cupboard and I think the flavour and texture would work really well in it.

Serve it with rice or over a jacket potato or pasta or as it is with salad.  This is how I ate it this week.

On a jacket potato with avocado humous.dins 11-1-15 Topped with crab and avocado.crab dinner With dry roasted garlic and herb potatoespotatoes and chiliTonight I had it over a jacket potato.  I hope you enjoy the recipe.

Have happy weekends.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to A Vegan Chilli – For Julie

  1. laura1952 says:

    Congratulations on the release of the 10 pounds since the beginning of the year. I’m glad to see you didn’t shy away from the healthy fats that our bodies need to flush things through, like unwanted fat and make the bones and joints move easier.

    • Thank you Laura. I know you like avocado and out of interest, which other fats do you consider to be healthy?

      • laura1952 says:

        If it is coming from an animal you will eat and “free from antibiotics, pesticides” since the beginning of time humans have been living off the once in a while protein. Bacon. Yes. I do believe bacon is good for you. People have been brought up to believe fat in food causes fat on the body. Only true if it has been turned genetic. Our bodies need good fat so we don’t keep seizing up from removing so much fat from our diets. Been there and believed in the “no fat” thing. I lost my weight when I added “good fats” like olive oil, avocadoes, always free range animal fat back into my life.

      • laura1952 says:

        Olive oil, butter, yes, I said butter and bacon fat. Paleo way of eating, removing grains that they use to feed to cows to fatten them up don’t do well with my body. When I raised the healthy fats and removed the grains 90% of the time allowed me to get rid of the visceral belly fat.

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