Easy vegan Chilli recipe

When the cold nights start rushing in and the rain is lashing off the windows and I’ve just travelled home from work, I love nothing more than to be at home, in my cosy pj’s sitting down to some nice warm home made chilli. I started using this recipe about 3 years ago and make it all the time during the winter months. It fills you up so easy and that kick of spice is the perfect way to shake off the winter colds. The best thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to make, really versatile and I always make enough that I can use another time.

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Ingredients you will need:

¼ cup coconut oil

2 onions rough chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

1 tbls smoked paprika

1 tbls chili powder

¼ cup tomato paste

1 can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed

1 can baked beans,

1 can chickpeas beans, drained & rinsed

12-14 tomatoes on the vine, chopped & divided in half

½ cup of red lentils, rinsed

1-3 cups water S

Process:

In a large heavy bottom pot, add coconut oil, once hot, add onions, ½ of the chopped tomatoes and garlic and saute for 3-5minutes until softened, season with salt. Add Chilli powder (or flakes) and smoked paprika, tomato paste and stir well for about 15min. You can then add rinsed and drained lentils and 1 cup water, to bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to simmer and cook uncovered for a further 15min. Add the remaining beans and tomatoes ( you can also another 1 cup of water if chili seems to dry) – now cover and cook or heat through for another 10-15min. Once finished you can serve with some rice or have a hefty helping on it’s own

 

Note: You can whatever ingredients you want to this chilli which makes it so versatile. I often find that I’ll have maybe some ingredients and not others so whatever beans, peas or even sweetcorn you have in the cupboard then use them to pad the dish out. It’ll add new flavours and new textures that you think might not work but end up tasting AMAZING!

 

 

Tips for moving:

HELLO!

As you can see from my last post I have just moved in with my boyfriend and I wanted to share with you some of my tips for moving.

 

  1. Moving your hanging items: 

I prefer to hang all my clothes than fold them away in drawers (saves on ironing haha) and I remember when I first moved I took everything off the hangers, put it into suitcases moved it then had to hang it all back up NIGHTMARE! This is the fourth flat I have moved into so now I’m pretty much a seasoned vet and use this little trick for moving all my clothes. These are the tie handle bin bags which you can buy from pretty much every grocery store and all you do is open it out, slip your clothes in and pull it tight, once tight wrap the strings around the hanger. It’s so much easier to move from one place to another and means you can just hang your clothes up straight away and not add something else to the pile when moving,

 

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2. Easy storage: 

I genrally have a lot of stuff. I’m a little bit of a hoarder and although I got rid of a lot of things when I moved in to the flat I had a lot of shoes and bags to transport. Piled together these can be very heavy and awkward to move but I used these bags to help me do it. THEY FIT EVERYTHING and what is best is once you have moved you can use these to store anything! I use them for like sheets, blankets, extra pillows etc. and they cost like £1.49 which doesn’t break the bank and you so much use out of them.

 

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So those are my best tips for moving. These are a must have and make your life so much easier!

 

Has anyone else got any tips?

Head on over to my instagram @thisisyourlastchance__  to keep up with my day to do routines!

 

Much love,

 

Natalie

xx

October…

MORNING!!

It’s been a minute hasn’t it? Well let me fill you in on why I have been so quiet and it all started where most of the best stories start…in a pub:

Bubs and I decided to have a little date night in our little local. Just a get a bit dolled up, have a few drinks kind of evening. We were sat there a few drinks in and Bubs said “are you serious about this whole moving in thing?” To which I was like DUHHHHHH but actually replied ” yeh, of course I would love to live with you.” So we get on our phones and he found this quite little flat, 2 bedrooms, absolutely beautiful and in our price range, so that was that, we decided to look at it.

As you can imagine everything kind of fell in to place from there, viewed that flat, got all the paperwork and money for the flat waited a few days and then we got told…

 

WE COULD MOVE IN!

That is right folks, I am officially an adult, I live with my wonderful boyfriend in our cute wee flat and everything feels just perfect.

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This is our living room. All the furniture and decor is all ours. I love the brick, that was what made me fall in love with the flat n the first place . I’ve tried to make it as cosy as possible and as you can tell I love a photo! All of them are of friends and family or are pictures of me and Bubs.

 

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We have a cosy fireplace and I think it’s beautiful! That mirror of mine I’ve had for years and has followed me from flat to flat, I think it’s just wonderful. I can’t wait for cosy winter nights where Bubs and I can just cuddle up in front of the fire.

Now we are all officially moved in and our internet is all sorted I will have more time to keep you up to date. If you keep up with my instagram you can get a day to day account of my day.

Well I hope everyone has a glorious day, it looks like a nice day out so might go for a walk later.

I’m going to IKEA on sunday with Bubs mum and sister so look out for a blog post at the start of the week to see my haul.

 

 

Much love,

 

Natalie

xx