I love chilli con carne, you can try my tasty chipotle chilli here or chocolate chilli as well. I absolutely love making veggie chilli, partly because it is kind to our bank account, goes along away, you can freeze it and it is also a great way to get more vegetables into our diet on a daily basis.
Which some of us sadly are lacking in our diets. This is a great way to get more veggies in without sacrificing it for good taste. I generally make a huge batch on a Sunday, freeze half and have the others for meals through out the week.
The secret is in the smokiness from a delicious new addition to my condiments cupboard “liquid smoke”! I bought some at David Jones food hall, but I have seen it readily available popping up everywhere. It is also available in Harris Farm and I am sure you can find it at other grocery stores. Imagine the most delicious smokiest fire being bottled into a jar, then you sprinkling that flavour into your food, tricking your mind into thinking that you have conjured up this delicious feast on a open wood fire somewhere in between the drifting hills of Devon countryside or along a beach in the middle of the Australian wilderness whilst burning driftwood you have gathered that day…
One can really jujj up this dish by adding great sides from simple smashed avo, tomato salsa, hummus, a couple of dollops of coconut yoghurt. Served on a bed of rocket and brown rice. Can be made vegan friendly too.
I liked mine with fresh rocket, parmesan and greek yoghurt.
This is why its good for you:
Kidney Beans & Chickpeas are a great source of protein (not a full amino acid profile as will need to be combined with grains to improve the effective quality of the protein) which is crucial for building, repairing, supporting and breaking down cells, muscle fibre in our body. Beans are also high in fibre which is great for our digestion, keeping your gut clear and healthy. Without protein we would be very sick. Protein is essential for growth, repair of body tissue, proteins are used to make hormones, enzymes, antibodies and neurotransmitters that help support and transport substances around the body. Both the quality of protein that you eat and where is comes from influence the effectiveness of it. Vegetable proteins such as quinoa, soybeans, beans and lentils as well as nuts and seeds are a good addition to your weekly diet (info source)
Eggplants are a great source of folate ((this is a b-vitamin which is commonly associated with pregnancy, but there are also links with folic acid deficiency and mental disorders such as depression), fibre (digestion) and some magnesium which is great for sleep and helping relax our muscles.
Onions are a great source of sulphur as well as similar properties to garlic, it is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it can help increase our immune function. They are also good for your blood and circulatory system. A nurturing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory on the body, their antioxidant (quercatain) helps mop up the oxidation of fatty acids. Did you know that by increasing quercetain foods in our diet can help relieve yourself of allergies! Did you also know that onions are a great source of pre-biotics, think of this as the food that feeds our good bacteria in the small intestine. With a healthy micro-biome you are more likely to feel and have better vitality.
Garlic is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it can help increase our immune function. It also contains selenium which is a trace mineral, this is great for healthy liver function (can act as detoxifier).
Capsicum contains the highest level of vitamin c in its raw state, when cooked it looses this a little but still maintains fibre which will help with digestion.
Brown rice is a great source of B-vitamins which is essential for overall wellbeing. I am just learning all about the b-vitamins and they are crucial for energy production and to keep us feeling energised. It will also help support your nervous system, so this is brain to body function.
Tomatoes have a high levels of lycopene which is a carotenoid, this is a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes and is responsible for their red colour. lycopene is a wonder chemical which when absorbed into the body, helps to prevent and also repair damaged cells by inactivating free radicals in the body. The jelly like substance around the seeds in tomatoes contains salicyates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood. According to this wonderful book, it has thus been credited for reducing wrinkles. This could be due to the high levels of vitamin C a tomato contains.