Because eating well doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
Becoming a vegetarian or vegan is one of the best things you can do for the planet but what if (like quite a few of us at Global Cool Headquarters) you’re not ready to ditch meat completely? Never fear, you can still do your bit for the planet (and make yourself healthier and richer) by incorporating Meat Free Mondays into your life.
Meat Free Mondays will bring you the crème de la crème of vegetarian recipes to encourage you to ditch meat just one night a week. And this meal of Chilli Non Carne – super easy to throw together using mostly store cupboard ingredients…
2 tablespoons sunflower or vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ courgette, chopped
½ red pepper, chopped
225 g veggie mince (e.g. Linda McCartney Foods’ “Vegemince”)
2 x 400 g tins chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1 teaspoon mild chilli powder (or more according to taste)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 x 325 g tin sweetcorn, rinsed and drained (approx)
1 x 400 g tin of cooked kidney beans, rinsed and drained (approx)
fresh coriander or parsley, chopped
freshly ground black pepper
Fry the onion and red pepper in the oil until soft, (about 10 minutes). Add the garlic and courgette and cook for a few minutes. Add the mince, spices and half the tinned tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the remainder of tinned tomatoes as well as the tomato purée, stir well and simmer for 10 minutes over a low heat. Add a few teaspoons of water to each of the empty tomato tins, shake and add this to the mixture too, so that all juice is used and the chilli is not too dry. Add the sweetcorn and kidney beans to the chilli and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle some coriander or parsley on top. Voila!
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Image: Meat Free Mondays.