Tasty Tuesday – Healthy Eating The Easy Way

Morning everyone and thanks for coming back to read some more of my blog 🙂

Today as ever is Tasty Tuesday but before start with that I just wanted to point out

So another Tasty Tuesday is upon us and what do I have for you today? Well as the days are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping (well, they’re dropping here in the U.K at least 😉 ) I have decided that we need something warming and filling and not much else does warm and filling better than a Chilli Con Carne!

So then! How do we make it?

Well listen up and I shall show you.


  1. Olive Oil
  2. 1 Onion large and finely chopped
  3. 1 Red Pepper chopped
  4. 5 Large Button Mushrooms sliced
  5. 2 Garlic Cloves peeled and chopped
  6. 12gms Hot Chilli Powder
  7. Paprika – 1 Teaspoon
  8. Ground Cumin – 1 Teaspoon
  9. 500g Lean Minced Beef
  10. 300mls Beef Stock
  11. Can Chopped Tomatoes and Garlic
  12. Dried Marjoram – ½ Teaspoon
  13. Dark Chocolate – 2 Squares
  14. Tomato Purée – 2 Teaspoons
  15. Can Red Kidney Beans
  16. Soured Cream and Seasoning to taste
  17. Basmati Rice


Chop the Onion into small pieces along with the Garlic Cloves, Mushrooms and Red Pepper.

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Heat some oil in a large pan and when it is just about to smoke, add the Onions and start them softening.


Once the Onions are softened add the Pepper, the Mushrooms and the Garlic.


Followed by the Chilli Powder, Cumin and Paprika.


Stir in well and then add the Minced Beef being sure to break it up into small pieces as it browns.


Next mix up the Beef Stock and add to the Mince along with the ½ teaspoon of Dried Marjoram, the tin of Chopped Tomatoes and Garlic and the 2 teaspoons of Tomato Puree

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Stir the mixture well and then leave to simmer for approximately 30 minutes as the Chilli starts to thicken and the mince becomes moist.


Finally, pour the contents of the can of Kidney Beans into a sieve and rinse thoroughly with fresh water before adding to the Chilli.

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Add the 2 squares of dark chocolate.


Place a fitted lid on the pan and allow to simmer on a low heat for a further 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Finally, leave the Chilli to stand and cool as the flavours mingle and the overall texture improves.


When it’s time to eat, cook some Basmati rice, reheat the required portion of Chilli in a pan, add to the rice and add a dollop of Soured Cream to taste if required.


Eh Voila!

FOOD DIARY:Sunday 20th September 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  Small Lean Sausage  111  12  3  8
 1  Small Lean Bacon Rasher  122  26  0  17.5
2 Large Eggs Scrambled 164 15.6 0 11.4
 1 75gms Rye Bread Toasted  143  3.7  36.2  1.1
 1  100gms  Baby Pearl Potatoes  79 1.7 16.1 0.3
 1  90gms  Barnsley Lamb Chop  250  15.84  0.1  20.84
 1  100gms Chestnut Mushrooms in Piri Piri and Chilli Sauce 35  2.5  5  0.25
1 150gms Mediterranean Chicken 172 33.4 1.3 3.4
1 40gms Pappardelle Pasta 150.4 6 26.4 0.5
1 45gms Chilli and Almond Fiery Pesto 106 2 2.5 9.3
2 19gms Hobnobs – Chocolate Coated 184 2.6 22.8 8.8
Totals  1516.4  121.34  113.4  81.39
Water 3 500mls Mineral Water Sparkling and Still 0 0 0 0

The food from Sunday was pretty good in a wholesome sense although when the calories are counted and the fats allowed for I have to say that things start to fall apart in my good food argument. However, consider my argument when I add I was also lucky enough to have walked a good distance and burnt off some calories, things don’t really look as bleak as they could I suppose…

We are getting back on track this week with the food so please do watch my diary for the coming week for some marked improvements.

So yesterday there was a trip to the gym and a walk with the dog however it was all done for the camera’s due to the fact that these parts of the day were filmed for the latest update of my weight loss story on the BBC South Today program. This meant that although there was very little hardcore exercise there was little bit of walking because of the running around throughout the day. This gave the Jawbone Up2 a reading of over 4000 steps which wasn’t bad considering the fact I have no skin on my heels!


‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

29 thoughts on “Tasty Tuesday – Healthy Eating The Easy Way

  1. Lisa says:

    The Chili looks really good and tasty! I will have to try it. I would not have thought to use chocolate in the Chili instead of sugar. Nice. I can’t wait for it to get cooler here in the Southern USA!

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  2. Osyth says:

    I’m proud to be an early adopter of real chilli which as you rightly say has chocolate in it. I have made it this way for at least 25 years. I used to make sure people ate it before I told them because otherwise there inner prejudice would kick in and none would pass their lips. My kids love it and I’m glad it has finally become more mainstream via the likes of Jamie and Nigella – oh, btw yours looks deelish!

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  3. New Journey says:

    So funny I opened your blog to another yummy tasty Tuesday and I immediately remembered I was going to start the crock pot full of vegies and braised pork for my husband….LOL so up I jumped and it is now on set for 4p so he will have a yummy late lunch early supper….lol used some of your spice ideas of course leaving out anything hot/spicy….I love tasty Tuesdays…..thanks for another yummy recipe, I never thought of using chocolate, I always add brown sugar for that part….but I will switch it up with chocolate next time…hope your heel heals fast….say that 10 times fast….LOL great Wednesday to you my friend….can’t wait to see the BBC video….kat

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