A jacket potato with chilli makes a perfect mid-week lunch because it’s cheap, easy to prepare, and incredibly satisfying.
Knocking up a quick chilli only takes around 10 minutes, and while a jacket potato takes around an hour in the oven, you can keep your chilli on a low heat during this time, allowing the flavours to infuse while you get on with other things. Alternatively, you can save time by cooking your potato in the microwave.
Aside from being warm and filling, baked potatoes are packed with nutrients: they can reduce inflammation, aid digestion and improve metabolism – although if you want to be even healthier, you might want to use a sweet potato instead. Sweet potatoes contain significantly higher levels of vitamin A, and have a lower glycemic index, meaning they’re less likely to cause blood sugar levels to spike.
Whether you make it meat-based or veggie, chilli can also be very healthy. Because it contains beans, it’s high in fibre and protein, and the peppers and tomatoes are high in vitamin C, which can help to improve your immune system.
If you’d like to make traditional chilli con carne, try this BBC Good Food recipe, which uses beef mince. Alternatively, you can make this popular plant-based chilli recipe by Cookie + Kate. Or for more ideas, have a watch of Jamie Oliver make a hearty veggie chilli in the video below.