How to Make Healthy Vegetarian Chilli

by Lisa Brigham

A healthy veggie chilli to eat for dinner or for quick and nutritious packed lunches. High in protein to keep you full and super tasty! It is a key secret to my weight loss and weight maintenance :)


  • 1 Egg plant
  • 1 Red onion
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 1 Can Mexican Bean mix
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 5 Milliliters Fry light spray
  • 1 Teaspoon Cajun spice
  • 1 Teaspoon Aromat Shake
  • 1 Teaspoon Can chopped tomato
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Tomato Paste Concentrate
  • 2 Teaspoons Brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Lime
  • 1 Part Water
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Wash and chop fresh vegetables

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    Brown onions (red and spring onions) with garlic in a little bit of Fry Light (1 calorie cooking spray)

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    Once these are lightly cooked (soft but still crunchy) add 1 chopped red pepper!

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    Leave to brown then stop from sticking by adding a squeeze of lime. This is called de-glazing! It adds flavour and keeps the base of the chilli 'lubricated' :)

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    Stir then add chopped and washed egg plant. Don't worry if it has started to go brown after the chopping, this is just the egg plant's way!

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    Then after five minutes, are the tinned chopped tomatoes. Don't stop gently stirring! Turn down the heat to simmer after this to stop from splattering :)

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    Mmmmm looking good - but not quite finished...

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    Add concentrated tomato paste here, don't stir in until the water is added (really quickly!)

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    Now time to add a tin of mixed beans. You can use kidney beans or pinto beans if you can't get mixed. Asda's mixed Mexican beans are the best!

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    Now after stirring, add spice to taste. Keep adding lime juice as you go along!

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    Now one last ingredient - brown sugar! It helps reduce the acidity of all that tomato and brings out flavour.

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    Simmer for a further 10-12 minutes...

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    Leave to cool then warm up later! Mine is used for packed lunches for the office. Heated up then put on a bed of fresh, raw baby spinach and chopped cucumber! Mmmmmmm, noms!

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