Let’s face it. Now it’s back to the grindstone of work, routine and trying to rustle up healthy meals for the family, for those too busy to enjoy the tasty results of home cooking, there is now a way to produce quality meals in a fraction of the time for the whole family with Spice Pioneers Power Pods.
I’ve written about Seasoned Spices and Spice Pioneers before and I’m a huge fan. So is Delia! In her book, How to Cheat at Cooking, (published in 2008), Delia Smith recommends using ten Seasoned Pioneers spice blends and seasonings for her recipes. In the accompanying BBC TV series Delia filmed at Seasoned Pioneers.
Anyway, The Spice Pioneer have recently launched five perfected spice mixes called Power Pods. The range includes Chicken Lollipops, Chilli con Carne, Fajita, Katsu Curry and Peri-Peri Chicken. All the spice mixes are gluten free, vegetarian and made with only natural ingredients.
The Spice Pioneer’s new spice mixes impose a modern twist on classic family meals and are set to become the epitome of modern home cooking.
Each spice mix is designed to release bold, captivating flavours within meals for four in 30-40 minutes. The spices are accompanied with a recipe and cooking method so you can produce fast, mouth-watering meals with ease.
I tried out the Chilli con Carne, and whilst I prefer a little more heat to my chilli, it was easy to add some more chopped chilli to it. I also added my own twist of a spoonful of caramelised onions to the mix (they were lurking in my fridge and needed using up) to give it a level of sweet and spice.
I served the dish with rice, some sour cream and some chocolate nibs that I had in the cupboard to add a little something extra to it and for presentation. The whole meal took 30 minutes so perfectly achievable and at £1.99, won’t break the bank. The recipe was simple to follow and the results, just the sort of warming dish you want to eat during a cold and dreich January.
- 1 onion (finely chopped)
- 1 pot of Chilli Con Carne Power Pod
- 1 bell onion (finely chopped)
- 500g beef mince
- 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
- 400g tin kidney beans
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbs tomato puree
- 200ml water
- 1-2 tbs caramelised onions (optional)
- 1 tsp Easy to Use Chillies
- To Serve:
- Boiled Rice
- Sour Cream (optional)
- Chocolate Nibs
- Add a drizzle of oil to a large frying pan on a medium heat and once hot add the onion. Cook for 5-7 mins until softened, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the pepper. Add the mince, breaking it up with a spoon. Brown for 7-8 mins. Mix in the garlic and Chilli con Carne Seasoning.
- Add the beans, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, caramelised onions (if using) and water. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 15-18 mins or until the mince is cooked through. Add a splash more water if required. Taste. If more spice is required, add a teaspoon of easy to use chilli.
- Serve with rice.
For more information visit www.spicepioneer.com.
Kerry was sent a selection of Spice Pioneer Power Pods to sample.