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Chilli con Patata


Serves 4

Vegetarian Chilli con Carne – made with potatoes, lentils and plenty of Tex Mex flavour, you’ll fall in love with this dish.

Per serving: 1541kj (367cals); 12.3g total fat (2.7g saturated fat)


You’ll need

2 tsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
800g potatoes, washed, dried and cubed
1 tsp smoky paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
½-1 tsp chilli powder (optional if you’ve got chilli-averse bodies in the house)
1 400g can tomatoes
1 cup stock (use beef if you’re not a vegetarian)
1 can brown lentils drained
8 tsp light sour cream
1 avocado, sliced
Sprinkling of coriander
1 lime

Let’s go

Heat oil in large fry pan or saucepan and add onion, garlic and ginger with a pinch of salt. Cook on low for 8-10 minutes until onions are soft and translucent. Add potatoes, paprika, cumin and chilli powder and stir through well. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring every now and then to make sure the potatoes don’t catch on the bottom of the pan. Add tomatoes, stock and lentils, stir through well and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until potatoes are cooked and sauce has thickened – again, stir every now and then to make sure the potatoes aren’t catching on the bottom of the pan. Serve in big bowls with slices of avocado, a dollop of light sour cream, a sprinkling of coriander and a spritz of lime. Oh, and a nice big salad doesn’t go astray either.

Why it’s good for you
A night without meat is always good for you and I promise you won’t go hungry – potatoes and lentils are really filling and keep you healthy. Potatoes are a fantastic source of carbohydrate, vitamins B6 and C, potassium and tryptophan. Keeping the skin on increases your fibre intake, along with the lentils. Lentils are a great source of protein and are high in vitamin B, folate and iron not to mention a whole bunch of other vitamins and minerals. Don’t you feel better already?
Per serving: 1541kj (367cals); 12.3g total fat (2.7g saturated fat); 14.9g fibre


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