Mexican

  • Complexity: very easy
  • Origin: Mexican

Spiced Texas Chilli

Ingredients

350g pack Quorn Pieces | 1 medium onion, chopped | 1 medium green pepper; deseeded & chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 2 x 397g/14 oz cans kidney beans, drained | 397g/14 oz can chopped tomatoes | 500g/1 lb 2 oz passata | 2 level tbsp tomato puree | 1 level tbsp brown sugar | 1 1/2 - 1 tsp chilli powder | 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley | salt & ground black pepper

Quorn & Bean Chilli Burgers

Ingredients

1 onion, finely chopped | 2 eggs, beaten | 1 small fresh chilli, seeds removed & finely chopped or 2 tsp chilli powder | 350g pack Quorn Mince | 397g/14 oz can borlotti beans, drained & roughly mashed | Fry Light, for spraying

Egg Curry

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 1 onion, chopped | 2 level tbsp curry paste | 397g/14 oz can chopped tomatoes | 142ml / 1/4 pt water | 4 eggs, hard boiled and peeled & halved | 2 tbsp very low fat natural yogurt | 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Complexity: easy

Veggy Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients

340g/12 oz onions, chopped | 350g pack Quorn Mince | 2 garlic cloves (optional) | 397g/14 oz can red kidney beans, drained | 397g/14 oz can green beans, drained | 2 x 397g/14 oz cans chopped tomatoes | 2 tsp dried oregano | 2 tsp crushed chilli seeds

Spiced Black Bean Casserole

Ingredients

340g/12 oz dried black beans | Fry Light, for spraying | 1 tsp crushed dried red chilli | 1 onion, chopped | 1 red or yellow pepper, deseeded & chopped | 1 1/2 tbsp dried cumin | 1 tbsp hot curry powder | 1 tsp dried cinnamon | 1 tsp dried turmeric | 1/2 tsp ground coriander | 1 tsp Herbes de Provence | 1 green chilli, seeds removed & finely chopped | 2 x 397g/14 oz cans plum tomatoes, chopped | 4-5 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 cinnamon stick | 568ml/1 pt stock made with Vecon | salt & ground black pepper

Chilli Bean Cottage Pie

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 1/2 onion, chopped | 1/4 tsp dried oregano | 1/4 tsp chilli powder | 198g/7 oz can chopped tomatoes | 198g/7 oz can red kidney beans, drained | 113g/4 oz swede, peeled | 113g/4 oz parsnips, peeled | 198g/7 oz potatoes, peeled | 2 tbsp skimmed milk | salt & ground black pepper | 28g/1 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • Time: 15 minutes, plus marinating time
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Mexican

Mexican prawn kebabs with coriander

Ingredients

24 raw king prawns (12 Sins on Green) | juice of 2 lemons | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | salt and ground black pepper | 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional) | 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander

You can use large cooked prawns for this recipe but the large raw prawns have a better flavour and are worth looking out for. Many supermarket chains now sell them on their fresh fish counters.

  • Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Mexican

Dazzling peach salsa

Ingredients

Fry Light, for cooking | 2 garlic cloves, in their skins | 2 peaches, peeled, stoned and diced | 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and diced | 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped | 1 hot chilli, deseeded and finely chopped | 227 g/8 oz ripe tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and chopped | 227 g/8 oz boiled black or red kidney beans, dried or canned (12 Sins on Original) | 1 small bunch fresh coriander, chopped | juice of 2 lemons or limes

A salsa makes a wonderful dip for vegetable crudites, grilled chicken or party kebabs. It also doubles up as a quick and easily made sauce for grilled meat and fish. This version is particularly colourful as diced peaches and cooked beans are added to the traditional Mexican ingredients.

Curried vegetable topping for baked jacket potatoes

Ingredients

1/2 onion | 1 small courgette | 4 button mushrooms | 284 ml / 1/2 pint chicken stock made with Bovril | 1 teaspoon curry powder or 1 teaspoon turmeric | 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground | 1/2 teaspoon coriander, ground | 1/2 red chilli | 4 tablespoons very low fat natural yogurt

Arborio Rice 'n' Peppers

Ingredients

227g/8 oz arborio/risotto rice | 568ml/1 pt stock made with Vecon | 1 onion, diced | 1 green pepper, deseeded & finely chopped | 1 red pepper, deseeded & finely chopped | 1 yellow pepper, deseeded & finely chopped | 2 tbsp lemon juice | 85g/3 oz mushrooms, sliced | salt & ground black pepper | fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)

Curried chicken burgers

Ingredients

1 tablespoon mustard seeds | 85 g/3 oz very low fat natural yogurt | 4 level tablespoons mango chutney (8 Sins) | 2-3 teaspoons curry powder | 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper | 4 spring onions, finely chopped | salt and freshly ground black pepper | 454 g/1 lb boned, skinned chicken (or turkey) breast (24 Sins on Green) | Fry Light for spraying

Chicken or, indeed, turkey can be ground up in a food processor make delicious burgers. You could vary the flavourings by using a different spice mixture, such as cumin, coriander and turmeric.

Mexicali Golden Corn Pancakes

Ingredients

75 g (3 oz) cornmeal | 25 g (1 oz) plain flour | 2 eggs | 300-450 ml (1/2-3/4 pint) milk | oil or butter, for cooking | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Filling: | 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced | 1 large onion, finely chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 2 tablespoons peanut oil | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced pork | 150 ml (1/4 pint) boiling beef stock | 400 g (13 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional) | Topping: | 2 large ripe avocado pears, peeled, stoned and diced | juice of 1/2 lemon | 1 gariic clove, crushed | 150 ml (1/4 pint) soured cream | 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Raised Pork Pie

Ingredients

1 kg (2 lb) minced pork | 1 onion, finely chopped | 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage | 1 tablespoon juniper berries, finely crushed | 4 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry | beaten egg, to glaze | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Hot-water crust pastry: | 500 g (1 lb) plain flour | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 175 g (6 oz) lard or block margarine | 5 tablespoons milk | 5 tablespoons water

Minced Lamb Rolls

Ingredients

250 g (8 oz) lean minced lamb | 1 small onion, finely chopped | 2 tomatoes, skinned and chopped | 2 teaspoons ground coriander | 3 tablespoons finely chopped unsalted peanuts | 8 sheets filo pastry | soya or sunflower oil, for brushing | poppy seeds, for sprinkling | salt and pepper
  • Complexity: easy

Meat Puffs

Ingredients

3 tablespoons self-raising flour | 3 eggs, beaten | 5-6 tablespoons water | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced | 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped | 1 teaspoon turmeric | vegetable oil, for frying | salt, to taste

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