Now that it’s cold, my slow cooker is beavering away most days. It’s the perfect hack to help you stay on track; I know how hard it can be to refrain from stuffing your face as soon as you get in when it’s cold and dark out. If you have something that smells great and you can eat immediately, it can be your diet saviour!
Normally I make chilli in a big pan, but by using the slow cooker I’ve definitely reduced my prep time and halved my effort! The best thing about it is you can set it going in the morning when you’re not wiped out from a busy day.
This meal serves 4 and is 5 smart points per serving.
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 carton of tomato passata
1 can of butter beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of three bean salad (drained and rinsed)
1/2 an onion (peeled and chopped)
2 red peppers (washed and chopped)
150g mushrooms (washed and chopped)
1 bag of soya mince (454g) I used this because it was own brand and cheaper than Quorn, you can probably use Quorn though!
3tsp of Bisto original powder
1tsp (or to taste) of chilli powder
1tsp of smoked paprika
This is incredibly easy, even people who don’t cook can completely nail it, so tell all the bad chefs you know!
Put the mince in the slow cooker, followed by the various beans and the tomatoes and passata. On the top put the fresh stuff, add the gravy powder to 1/4 pint of boiling water, mix round and throw it in the mix, then put a lid on. After a couple of hours (or as soon as the mince has thawed) stir everything round and add the seasoning. Then that’s it, come back after it’s been in 6-8 hours, stir, serve up, and enjoy your lovely meal!
If you’re feeling extra hungry, add 50g (dry weight, pre-cooked) of brown basmati rice for an extra 5 smart points.
If you’re following no count, all of this is free, even the rice! Yum!