Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Chilli-Beef Stuffed Courgettes

This is a really easy, tasty, carbohydrate free dinner that is a brilliant alternative to just serving chill with pasta or rice. Simon's Mum always served this up for us after long days in college and it always went down a treat. This recipe makes enough mince for 4 so if you are cooking this recipe for 2, I would still recommend cooking up the full portion of mince and just use 2 courgettes instead. You then have the option to either freeze the remaining mince for another time or have baked potatoes stuffed with chilli the following night ;-) mmmm!!


Serves: 4 Prep: 10mins  Cook: 30mins

Ingredients:
4 courgettes - 1 per person, halved lengthways & deseeded.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 heaped tsp chilli powder or 2 red chillies, deseeded & finely chopped
450g  lean minced beef
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin kidney beans
2 tbsp provence herbs or mixed herbs
1 glass red wine (optional - it does add an amazing taste though!)
salt & pepper
1/2 cup water
220g grated cheddar cheese or mexican-style cheese


Method:
Preheat the oven to 200C.

Heat a small amount of oil in a deep frying pan. Add the onions and sauté for a few minutes until softened.

Add the garlic, cumin and chilli powder and cook for 1 more minute.

Add the beef and stir around, breaking up the meat until all the meat is just browned, about 4mins.

Add the tomato puree, tin tomatoes, red wine and herbs and season with salt & pepper. Bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 20mins.

While this is cooking, halve the courgettes and de-seed them using a spoon to hollow them out. Place in a baking tin with 1/2 cup water, cover and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, drain off water and season the courgettes with salt.

When this is all ready, add the kidney beans to the meat and cook for 2 mins until the beans are warmed through.

Finally, fill the courgettes with the beef mixture, sprinkle with cheese and bake uncovered in the oven for about 10minutes until the cheese is melted.

Enjoy!









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