Lentil, vegetable and butter bean chilli - this easy vegan chilli with coriander rice, guacamole and roasted courgette is a delicious, healthy and filling meal. Post sponsored by HelloFresh.
When HelloFresh asked me to recreate one of their recipes for the blog I was instantly drawn to this lentil, vegetable and butter bean chilli. Although all of their recipes look delicious, this was just the kind of healthy, hearty food that I was in the mood for.
The chilli is very simple to throw together, but is full of flavour and very filling due to the lentils and butter beans. It is served with tasty coriander rice, creamy, zingy guacamole and strips of roasted courgette.
All together it is an impressive meal that is deceptively simple to make. The recipe said that it serves two, but it will actually easily feed three people unless you are truly ravenous.
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How To Make Lentil, Vegetable and Butter Bean Chilli:
(For ingredients and full instructions see the recipe card below)
Start by heating up the oven, finely chopping up a red onion and slicing a red bell pepper into approx 2cm chunks.
Fry the chopped onion in some olive oil in a non-stick pan for about five minutes, until it has softened, then add the red pepper and cook for a couple more minutes.
Add cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, a pinch of chilli flakes (you can omit the chilli if you don't like spice!) and some salt and pepper and cook for another minute or so.
Meanwhile, boil 350ml water in a pot with some salt. Once it is boiling, add your rice to the pot, give it a stir and turn the heat to low. Cover the pot with a lid and leave on a low heat for ten minutes. After ten minutes have passed, turn off the heat and leave it to rest for 10 mins. Don’t peek under the lid until the 20 mins are up!
Once the rice is cooked, stir in some chopped fresh coriander.
Add some red lentils to the pan of onions and peppers, along with a tin of chopped tomatoes and a splash of water. Bring it up to a simmer and cook for about fifteen minutes, stirring often, until the lentils are soft and the sauce has thickened.
After the lentils have been cooking for five minutes or so, add in a tin of rinsed and drained butter beans.
While the chilli and rice are cooking, cut a courgette in half lengthways, chop each half into four lengths and then into 6cm sticks. Toss the courgettes in some olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15 mins.
Make the guacamole by scooping the flesh of an avocado into a bowl with some lime juice, salt and pepper. Mash it roughly with a fork.
Check the seasoning of the chilli and add more salt and pepper as required then serve with the rice, courgette and guacamole.
More Hearty Vegan Meals:
- Vegan sausage casserole with lentils and farro
- Chickpea, sweet potato and spinach curry
- Vegetable and pearl barley stew with herby dumplings
- Red lentil dhal with roasted cauliflower and butternut squash
- Sweet potato black bean chilli
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Lentil, Vegetable and Butter Bean Chilli
- 1 red onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ Tbsp ground cumin
- ½ Tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp chilli flakes
- 3 Tbsp red split lentils
- 1 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
- 150 ml (⅔ cup) water
- 1 400 g tin butter beans drained
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup basmati rice
- ¼ tsp salt
- 350 ml (1 ½ cups) water
- 3 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
- 1 medium courgette (zucchini)
- ½ Tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 large ripe avocado
- juice of ½ lime
- salt and pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Peel and finely chop the onion. Remove the core from the pepper and chop into approx 2cm squares.
- Heat the Tbsp of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan on low heat and cook the onion for 5 mins until it softens. Add the chopped pepper to the pan with the onion, turn the heat to medium and cook for 3 mins.
- Add the cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir together and cook for another minute.
- Meanwhile, bring the 350ml water to a boil in a pot with the ¼ tsp of salt. Once boiling, add your rice to the pot, give it a stir and turn the heat to low. Cover the pot with a lid and leave on a low heat for 10 mins. After 10 mins switch off the heat and leave to rest for 10 mins. Don’t peek under the lid until the 20 mins are up!
- Add the lentils to the onion mixture along with the chopped tomatoes and 150ml of water. Stir together and let the mixture bubble away on low heat uncovered for 15 mins until the lentils are soft and the sauce has thickened. Stir often to prevent the lentils from sticking. After the lentils have been cooking for 5 mins, drain and rinse the butter beans and add them to the pan..
- While the chilli and rice are cooking cut the courgette in half lengthways, chop each half into four lengths and then into 6cm sticks. Toss the courgettes in the ½ tbsp of olive oil, ¼ tsp salt and some pepper. Roast in the oven for 15 mins.
- To make the guacamole, scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl along with the lime juice and some salt and pepper and roughly mash with a fork.
- Once the rice is cooked, stir in the chopped coriander. Check the seasoning of the chilli and add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve the chilli with the rice, roasted courgette and a dollop of guacamole.
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