“ Beauty begins the moment you begin to be yourself” – Coco Chanel
When cooking a recipe using Beef mince, always attempt to use low fat Beef mince, the 5% mince. This mince is very high in ruminant trans fats which are healthy for us and the fact that it only contains five percent Fat means that this particular mince is low in artificially added fats.
One of the trans fats in Beef mince is conjugated linioc acid and is very good for us and has been linked to many health benefits, allegedly weight loss too.
However, large doses can have harmful consequences and this is why it is important to eat red meat only every so often and now and again, and eat a more fish, fruit, vegetables, whole grain, oils and calcium heavy and favoured diet.
Green Peppers contain three times as much vitamin C as if you ate an Orange and they are also loaded with the good antioxidants which our body craves.
They are great to eat through the Winter too as they are an immune boosting vegetable and they help us burn calories easier during exercise also.
1 tbsp olive oil ( 120 Calories, 14g Fat, 0g Carbs, 0g Protein)
1 large onion, finely chopped ( 38 Calories, 0g Fat, 8g Carbs, 1g Protein)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped ( 10 Calories, 0g Fat, 2g Carbs, 0g Protein)
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp mild curry powder ( 25 Calories, 2g Fat, 5g Carbs, 1g Protein)
250g 5% Fat Beef mince ( 336 Calories, 10g Fat, 2g Carbs, 62g Protein)
400g tin chopped tomatoes ( 47 Calories, 0g Fat, 7g Carbs, 3g Protein)
1 small tin tomato purée ( 14 Calories, 0g Fat, 3g Carbs, 1g Protein)
300ml vegetable stock ( 15 Calories, 0g Fat, 0g Carbs, 0g Protein)
1 green pepper, seeds removed and cubed ( 15 Calories, 0g Fat, 3g Carbs, 1g Protein)
1 carrot, grated ( 41 Calories, 0g Fat, 8g Carbs, 1g Protein)
400g tin kidney beans in water, drained ( 174 Calories, 2g Fat, 28g Carbs, 14g Protein)
With This recipe I made enough to ensure I had some reserved for another meal later in the week. If your cooking it just for one meal, half all the ingredients quantities.
1) Heat the oil in a large wok. Cook the onion and garlic until beginning to soften and lightly browning.
2) Add the Red Chilli, curry powder and Beef mince and cook on a medium to low heat slowly until the beef mince is cooked but a nice light brown colour.
3) Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, vegetable stock, green pepper and carrot. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes on a medium to low heat.
4) Add the Kidney Beans and cook for a further 5 minutes.
5) Serve the accompanied with pitta breads and sour cream.