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Mike’s 30-minute (meat-free) meals: How to make a quick and easy veggie chilli

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Veggie Chilli Recipe

Welcome to our awesome veggie cooking feature brought to you by the very cool Mike Huddart. Each month he’ll be showing you that vegetarian cooking is anything but boring with his delicious and easy-to-make recipes. Bon appetite!

By Mike Huddart

I’ve been set a new challenge by my editor… I have to create vegetarian meals that take no longer than 30 minutes to make (think Jamie Oliver but much cooler and greener). I think this came about after an unpublished two-hours-in-the-oven-beetroot-baking incident but we won’t go into that one.

So, with the cold weather rolling, here is a party sized chilli recipe, perfect for an autumn gathering. Or make it on a lazy Sunday, portion it up, and have a spicy little office lunch all week…

Ingredients (feeds 6):
Vegetarian Chilli Recipe500g veggie/soya mince
200g mushrooms
2 courgettes (chopped into 1cm cubes)
Half a butternut squash (chopped into 1cm cubes)
1 large onion (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (diced)
1 red pepper (diced)
1 yellow pepper (diced)
1 green pepper (diced)
1 red chilli (finely chopped)
800g chopped tomatoes (2 tins)
1 tin kidney beans
1 teaspoon cumin
3 teaspoons chilli powder
500g white/brown rice

1. Dice the onion, garlic and red chilli. Heat a pan with some oil and add the diced vegetables. Leave these to soften.

2. Dice the squash, peppers and courgettes then mix into the onions, garlic and chilli. Leave to soften for five minutes.

3. Add the chopped tomatoes, cumin and chilli powder. Make sure to season with salt and pepper.

4. Chop the mushrooms. Add the mushrooms, kidney beans and veggie mince. Cover and leave to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. This is the perfect time to put some rice on! Serve with some grated cheese and sour cream.

If you’re not ready to ditch meat completely from your diet then a good first step is incorporating Meat Free Mondays into your life! It really is a fantastic way to slim down that waistline too (healthy vegetarian meals tend to have a lower calorific content than meat alternatives). You can also save some money too as meat meals are on average more expensive than the veggie version. Check out loads more meat-free recipes now…

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Images: Mike Huddart.

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