Veggie Chilli and Brown Rice

Veggie Chilli

This is a really filling dish and great for re-heating for quick meals.
You will need:
­ 3lb of mixed vegetables cut into 1 inch cubes. Use carrots, courgette/zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, and leeks – anything you like,
­ 2 large onions, finely chopped,
­ 1 clove garlic, crushed,
­ 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped into 1 inch squares,
­ A 330ml tin of unsweetened kidney beans, drained,
­ A 330ml tin chopped tomatoes,
­ 2 medium chillies, deseeded and sliced,
­ Chilli powder to taste (somewhere between 2 and 4 teaspoons),
­ Olive oil for cooking,

What you do with all this:
­ In a large saucepan or wok, heat the oil and lightly fry the onions for 10 minutes until transparent.
­ Add the pepper and garlic and fry for a further 3-4 minutes.
­ Then add all the mixed vegetables, including the drained kidney beans, tinned tomatoes and chillies and give it all a good stir.
­ Stir in the chilli powder and then put the lid on the pan. Bring to the boil then reduce to simmering point and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
­ Serve with brown rice. Serves 4-6.

There are many more great recipes like this in The Harcombe Diet Recipe Book

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    • avatar Zoë

      Hi Fetje – I had to look this one up! Never heard of grits before. It seems that grits are a roughly ground corn substance – kind of like what we would develop into Polenta in the UK and often used as the base for a maize/corn based porridge.

      I would say this would be OK as a grain replacement for Phase 1 – so you could have this instead of porridge oats or brown rice – limited to 50g etc as the book advises (or more if veggie). However – big caveat – if you have had these every day or eat them regularly I would say don’t have them in Phase 1 because you may well have developed a corn food intolerance (having them too much, too often). We rarely eat corn in the UK but it is massive in the USA and is one of the main food intolerances over there. I don’t know where you’re based, but if you have grits now, leave them out for a while and then you’ll see in Phase 2 what happens when you reintroduce them.

      Hope this helps! Zoe

  1. avatar Barbara Lawrence

    I’ve been reading your material and recipes but notice that the books and recipes are all in English quantities. Also that your books are in “pounds” so how would we pay for them on the site you provide?

    • avatar Zoë

      Hi Barbara
      You can get the books on in dollars. If you get books from our site in £s, your credit card company will just convert. You can check the conversion at any site on line for an estimate e.g.
      £1 is currently approximately $1.57 as a guide.

      We are planning to do an American version of the recipe book soon – the rest of the world is in grams, it’s just USA now left in ounces!
      Hope this helps!
      Best wishes – Zoe

  2. avatar Heather

    Is it okay to have a butternut squash curry on Phase 1? Can you have it with brown rice? or is it counted as a fat food because of the coconut?

    • avatar Zoë

      Hi Heather – this is fine in Phase 1 and with brown rice – it’s a key Phase 1 recipe in the book
      Best wishes – Zoe

  3. avatar Zoë

    NO!! All Bran, last time I checked, was about 20% sugar, so Bran Flakes will be even higher. You may as well put every 5th tablespoon in the white sugar bowl! Don’t have Bran Flakes in Phase 1 or 2. I would never eat them again to be honest!

  4. avatar Lauren

    oh thanks 🙂 i started this diet before xmas but now i am finding it real hard to get back to it and i still feel like i have cravings for processed food? i did stage 1 last week and lost 6 pound but then i binged on the weekend? was wondering if you knew why this was? thankyou 🙂

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