When I cook, I like it to be super easy, and I like to have my whole meal in one bowl. That means complex carbs, protein and vitamin-rich vegetables (also complex carbs) in one complete, easy-to-consume package. It's 30 degrees outside, so perhaps this recipe is not seasonally appropriate. But, I made it last night and it will last all week in a pot in the fridge. It's easy, I don't have to think about meals. Take it for lunch!
Grocery List: Chili powder Onion (optional - they make me gag) 2 cans of beans (whatever you'd like - I chose black beans and white kidney beans) 1 can of diced tomatoes 2 peppers (I chose yellow and red because I dig colour in food) 1 package of ground soy
Here's where it gets really hard! Open the cans - dump the tomatoes into a big pot. Rinse and drain the beans. Toss 'em in. Wash and chop the peppers. Toss. Throw in as much chilli powder as you'd like. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Heat on low, or med-low, covered, for a couple of hours. Stir here and there. When it looks good to you, throw in the ground soy to heat and blend in.
Are you mentally exhausted yet? (sarcasm)
This meal is high in fibre, iron, a good source of complex carbohydrates, cancer-fighting lycopene and lean protein. Because of the fibre and protein, and nutritional density in general, it is incredibly filling. So this meal is a really great addition to a fat-loss program. Serve with a whole grain roll if that's your thing!
PS - I've fed this to many meat-lovers, and they cannot tell the difference. You won't either.