Chilli Fries with the trimmings

 

I fancied something a bit glutinous today, noodles crossed my mind but I’ve already had them a few times this weeks so voted against it. I wanted pizza but couldn’t be bothered to make it so went with chilli fries! Good choice!

I chopped up a sweet potato or two (it was two, I was hungry) boiled them for a bit to soften them up, salt, pepper and chilli flakes and then put the in the oven for around 30 mins at 200.

At the moment I am viewing each main meal as a chance to stuff as much of the “good stuff” in as possible…today was no exception. Whilst the fried were cooking I fried a pepper and a whole red onion in coconut oil (its the only oil  I use these days). Once it was fried I mixed it up with some soft cheese, soya yogurt and a bit of tomato puree – a complete experiment that payed off. I am a massive fan of mayo and this kind of resembled it, with the added chilli and pepper! It would probably work without added the soft cheese and just with the yogurt. Ill try that next time

Next I boiled some broccoli for about 3 minutes and then fried it up. When I was done I put some salt and chilli flakes on it. Whilst this was an experiment too, it was actually really nice. I shall definitely be doing this again.

When the fries were done  covered them i grated cheese and popped back in for the cheese to melt.

I devoured it in about 3 minutes and I am now nursing a rather large food baby! I’ll give it a few minutes and have some freshly popped popcorn and a coffee 🙂 Safe to say I am not moving for the rest of the day. Bliss.

 

Sweet Potato Nachos with Black bean chilli

Today I woke up feeling heavy and lethargic, after a family party this weekend, I consumed a good ol’ portion (or 5) of sugary foods. I go by the 95/5 split, where I eat plant and sugar free based 95% of the time but I don’t begrudge myself a sugar tipple should IMG_5312the occasion call for it. At this point I’m still a beginner and may go 100% sugar free in the future. However I really felt like I paid for it yesterday and this morning, it almost felt like a hangover. The thing with feeling “hungover” is that you crave carby / sugary foods, so whilst that was what I wanted I knew that what I needed was plants and lot of them! I decided on nachos and chilli, oh yeahh! As this is a plants based / sugar free blog I decided on a tasty plant based alternative. Sweet potato nachos and black bean chilli! It was so good I already planning on having it again tomorrow

Black bean chilli: 

This makes enough for around 4 portions. I like to make enough to keep in the fridge or feed a few people.

Garlic clove (I use about 3 as I love garlic, but you can alter according to your taste)

1 red onion

Canned sweetcorn

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 can of back beans

Cumin / Paprika / chilli flakes: Add to taste, I put a good old shake of each

Method: heat a small amount of oil (I use fry light or olive oil), add chopped garlic and then a minute later add the chopped onion. Add the can of chopped tomatoes, can of drained black beans, half a can of sweetcorn (or all of it if you want! I like to add half and then have half in the fridge to eat straight from the ban or add to a baked potato / salad  / falafal etc) and spices. At this point I also like to have a sweep of my fridge and see if there is anything else I can add…spinach, actual tomatoes, peppers (red, yellow, green)

Once you have had a taste and you’re happy, take off the heat and set aside or pop into a tub to cool before you pop in fridge if you are making a batch up.

Sweet Potato Nachos

Pre heat oven. I gave a fan over and preheat it at 250.

Slice a sweet potato up, one per person should be enough if you are having other things on the plate, if you want a heaped bowl full Id do over a potato each.IMG_5303 Once slices put on a tray with oil, I use fry light or a drizzle of olive / sunflower. Salt and pepper to taste. These should take around 20 minutes, I keep checking on them as you want to keep turning them.

 

 

Once done take out, cover it in cheese and pop back in for the cheese to melt. I have startIMG_5305ed to try out vegan cheese. Violife do soft cheese and blocks. I think this one is pretty nice. I got this from Tesco. It tastes, slices and grates like a regular cheddar. I’m not a cheese connoisseur so I’m sure others will be able to give you a more specific review but I like this one. It melts well too, which is a big plus. I took a recording of the melted cheese to demonstrate of stringy it gets but I would need to upgrade my version of wordpress to upload it… sorry I’m feeling too frugal to do that this month!

I also mashed an avocado and added a few dollops of yogurt to made a guacamole, because if you ain’t dippin’ you trippin’. Yum.IMG_5297

So now you just put it all together, nachos, chilli and guac. I also added beetroot, as I absolutely love it and a few more dollops of yogurt. Obviously you can load this up with the chilli on top but I like to have my different food in piles. Also I am definitely gong to add more cheese next time (tomorrow!)