Mixed Bean and Pepper Chilli

On a Monday evening my daughter comes round for dinner, before she and hubby go to Art class.  They’ve been going for a few weeks now and enjoy the relaxation of doing Art and it’s a release from their hectic jobs.

Faye is a vegan , this is a great excuse for me to try out new recipes or make stuff up and also for me to have ‘Meat Free Monday’!  I also wanted to make something that would be very easy so I wasn’t slaving over a hot cooker when I could also be spending a bit of time with Faye before she goes off with Dad!

For tonight, I fancied making a bean chilli. So when I was doing my food shop I came across a tin of Mixed Beans in a Spicy Tomato Sauce.  I thought that this would be a great base to add to. The sauce itself does have a spicy flavour but I found it needed more ‘oompf’ so I added more chilli.

Waitrose Mixed beans in spicy tomato sauce
Waitrose Mixed beans in spicy tomato sauce

Well it turned out lovely and I would definitely make it again. It made enough for two decent portions and Faye took home the leftovers for her lunch tomorrow.

Ingredients

  • tin of mixed beans in spicy tomato sauce
  • tin of butter beans
  • tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper -chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper – chopped
  • 2 green jalapeno peppers – sliced  (mine were home grown and not that hot, so you may want to change depending on the heat of your chilli)
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic – finely chopped or use garlic press
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes (or more if you want it hotter)
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Next

  • heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the bell peppers, jalapeno peppers and onions and cook gently for 5 minutes until soft
  • add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for a few seconds
  • then add the mixed beans and tinned tomatoes and gently simmer for 10 minutes until it thickens.
  • Add the butter beans and gently heat through for about 5 minutes, being careful that they don’t go mushy
  • season to taste and serve with wholegrain rice with a dollop of mashed avocado mixed with lemon juice and black pepper

I hope you find this recipe useful, even If it gives you some inspiration to make your own version ♥

My home grown chili
My home grown chili

 

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins – unbelievably fluffy!

I made these blueberry muffins as I had a load of buttermilk left over from another bake I made, I bought too much!  So, I didn’t want to waste the stuff and found this recipe for gluten free blueberry muffins.  It makes a large amount of mix and the recipe said that it makes 15 muffins, it looks too much but do cram the mixture in your large cases as they come out so nice and big and fluffy. They are crammed full of blueberries which seem to explode into little purple bite fulls of yumminess during the cooking.

So without further ado, here is the recipe for you to enjoy… … Continue reading

Sunday Brunch

On Sunday my son Brad and his wife Faye came round for brunch.  They are both into healthy eating and so I thought I would do an alternative to the usual cooked breakfast.  Inspired by a couple of recipes from my Eat Healthy magazine I did roasted sweet potato, butternut squash and red pepper frittata, homemade ‘baked’ beans and grilled gluten free sausages by Heck.  It went down really well and was surprisingly filling.

The baked beans were a combination of two recipes, I just took the flavours I like and the ingredients I had and a little bit of hey presto!

Here is the recipe if you fancy having a go yourselves:

  • coconut oil for frying
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 tin of cannellini beans
  • 1 tin of mixed beans
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml passata
  • a large tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp Tamari
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coarse-grain mustard
  1. In a small frying pan, gently fry the onions in the coconut oil for about 10 minutes until they are nice and soft
  2. drain and rinse the beans and add to a large saucepan
  3. add everything else and the cooked onions
  4. bring to the boil and simmer for at least 30 minutes, the longer you simmer the thicker the sauce.

They were very simple to make and a lot healthier than the usual tinned baked beans.

They also bought me a beautiful flower arrangement for the table, it’s from their favourite florist  Penny Jane Flowers in Leigh-on-sea.

Beautiful flowers from my lovely son and his wife
Beautiful flowers from my lovely son Brad and his wife Faye

 

Homemade Granola

I am addicted to granola and yoghurt with a smattering of fruit for breakfast.  I have tried many brands of gluten free granola, some of which are lovely and some had a strange vegetable oil after taste, all of which are quite expensive.  With this in mind I thought how hard can it be to make my own. … Continue reading

GF Sausage, parsnip and apple hash with red cabbage

This is the most delicious dinner ever.  It’s free from carbs and packs a punch.  You need sausage meat, but as I’ve never seen gluten free sausage meat anywhere, I tend to use my favourite sausages and squeeze the meat out of the casings – it’s also good therapy!

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Breakfast Banana Muffins

I have been making these banana muffins for years, but only just recently have I taken to having them hot out of the oven for a breakfast treat.  The original recipe waits until they are cool and then add cinnamon frosting on top, but they never last long enough to get to this stage anymore!

I often bake them on a Sunday as a breakfast treat after a nice and well deserved lie in.  I also like to bake them when we have guests staying over, it’s amazing how the delicious aroma of freshly baked banana muffins gets them out of bed. ♥

I now bake these little wonders directly in the tin and not in paper muffin cases.  I came about this one day when I didn’t have any cases and so just I greased the muffin tin well and cut little round discs from parchment paper to put at the bottom.  The reason I do this all the time now is that: 1- I found that the muffin stuck a bit to the paper when you peeled it off and 2- the sides cook nice and crispy and adds to the breakfast muffin experience 🙂

To make them you will need: … Continue reading