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Chilli Con Carne Recipe and Easy No Mess Rice

Updated on July 17, 2012

Day 5 - Healthy Eating Plan

Hot and delicious Chilli Con Carne
Hot and delicious Chilli Con Carne

Breakfast


Fat Free Danone Activia Mango Yoghurt.

1 bowl of fresh Fruit Salad consisting of seedless red grapes, banana, apple and orange segments.


Comment: The yoghurt really is a refreshing start to the day and to continue with all that lovely crisp juicy fresh fruit was gorgeous.



Lunch


2 slices of Wholewheat Seeded Bread toasted with 150g / 3½oz of Baked Beans in tomato sauce.

1 small Red Cox's Apple.



DINNER - CHILLI CON CARNE


My family just adores Chilli Con Carne and this version is no exception, in fact my husband prefers this version to my original one. Enjoy!


Ingredients:


400g lean Free Range Minced Beef

1 large Organic Red or White Onion

1 large Organic Green Pepper

400g can of Chopped or Plum Tomatoes

400g can of Red Kidney Beans

250ml of Beef Stock

1½ tablespoons of Vegetable/Groundnut or Corn Oil

1 clove of Organic Garlic, crushed

1 or 2 fresh Red Chillis, according to taste

1 teaspoon of Tabasco, according to taste

2 teaspoons of Cumin

1 teaspoon of Paprika

2 tablespoons of Tomato Puree

Freshly Ground Salt and Black Pepper



  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick pan.
  • Add the onion and green pepper and stir-fry, you don't want this to take on any colour so cook gently until the onion is translucent and both vegetables have softened.. If your pan isn't as non-stick as mine and the veggies start to stick do not add more oil but add a tablespoon of water instead, no calories and it works just as well.
  • Add the crushed garlic and chillies, stir occasionally for a few minutes, now add the spices and tabasco, stirring to incorporate everything together.
  • Add the minced beef and stir till it browns.
  • Now you can add all the other ingredients, stirring occasionally to ensure that nothing sticks. Cover and cook for about an hour until the rich sauce develops a wonderful depth and flavour and the meat is beautifully tender.
  • Check and adjust your seasoning.



Doesn't that look good!
Doesn't that look good!

Easy way to cook perfect rice:


To do your rice this way you will need a saute pan or a heavy bottom frying pan which has a lid (see links below).



  • Sprinkle some salt in the bottom of your pan.
  • Add 1½ cups of rice.
  • Add 3 cups of boiling water.
  • Give it a stir and pop the lid on.
  • Bring to the boil for 7 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off, leave the lid on, and leave for 10-14 minutes depending on how soft you like your rice.


And there you have it perfect rice, no need to rinse, no boiling water to pour away, just whizz a fork through it and you have perfect fluffy rice to serve with your Chilli.

This amount serves 4 hungry people, but it's easy to change the amount of rice, just remember for 1 cup of rice you need 2 cups of water.


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Eileen's Tip:

For those of you who hate the fact that your eyes water when you're cutting onions I was recently given a tip which I'm going to pass on, apparently it is the thin end of the onion where the roots once were that holds the eye-watering chemicals and if you keep that mostly intact when cutting your eyes won't water nearly as much if at all.


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