Nutrient dense, tasty and nourishing - no matter how spicy you like it!
This is one of my go-to dinners when I want something hearty, quick and nourishing. It’s such a winner as it’s a proper store cupboard meal - I’ve usually got all the ingredients in the cupboards and fridge - the only fresh things you need are carrot and garlic! Also it’s a perfect dinner to double-up and make extra for lunches and leftovers for the week!
You can also add in any veg thats hanging around in the fridge that needs using up - I like to add aubergine or courgette or bell pepper. But this totally works without, they just add a bit more bulk to the meal!
4-6 (depending on hunger levels!)
2 carrots - grated
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin passata (or sub for another tin of chopped toms, but the flavour won’t be as rich)
3 tins of beans of choice, drained and rinsed well (I usually use black beans and kidney beans)
1 aubergine or courgette or any fresh veg you have to use up! (optional)
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp chilli powder (mild or medium)
2 tbsp smoked paprika
pinch of chilli flakes (optional or add as much as you like heat-wise!)
optional fresh coriander / chopped spring onion to serve
Heat a large saucepan and add the garlic and grated carrot. Cook for 2-3 mins until softened.
Add the extra veg - aubergine/courgette/pepper etc if using, and stir together.
Now add in the chopped tomatoes, passata, beans, tomato puree, chilli powder, smoked paprika and optional chili flakes. Mix together well to make sure all the spices, sauce and veg are combined properly.
Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Leave for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you think it looks a little too dry or thick add some water to the pan, 1/2 a cup at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
After 15-20 minutes of simmering everything should be soft and cooked through. You can leave to simmer for a bit longer (10+ mins) if you have the time, as it helps the flavours to develop, but otherwise take off the heat and serve!
Brown rice, quinoa or millet
Spinach, broccoli or your fave greens
Avocado slices or guacamole 😋
Topped with chopped fresh coriander, spring onions and fresh chilli