It’s Meat Free Week this week, so we’ve been testing some delicious gluten free recipes that are also vegetarian (some are even vegan!) Last night’s experiment was a roaring success, if I do say so myself. This recipe for vegetarian and vegan sweet potato chilli even went down a treat with the completely carnivorous boy.
If you hadn’t heard – Meat Free Week s a global campaign to get people thinking about how much meat you eat, and the impact eating too much has on your health, animals and the environment. It’s not just about red meat (beef, lamb and pork), but all meat, including poultry, processed meat (like ham, bacon, salami and packaged sandwich meats), fish and seafood. Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved here.
If you’re not convinced just try this sweet potato chilli – it’s perfect for chilly nights, full of spices and you won’t miss the meat at all. I promise!
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes
- ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 ½ cups vegetable stock
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- ½ cup dried quinoa
- 4 teaspoons lime juice
Serving suggestions: avocado, sour cream, cheese, homemade guacamole
- Heat a large heavy bottom pot with the oil over medium high heat.
- Add the sweet potato and onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion if softened.
- Add the garlic, chilli, chipotle, cumin and salt and stir to combine.
- Add the stock, tomatoes, beans, chickpeas and quinoa and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir everything to combine.
- Cover the pot and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
- Cook for 15-25 minutes until the quinoa is fully cooked and the sweet potatoes are soft and the entire mixture is thick like a chili.
- Add the lime juice and remove the pot from the heat. Season with salt as needed.
- Garnish with avocado, coriander, sour cream, guacamole or cheese before serving.
Are you taking part in Meat Free Week?