French Onion Soup

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 620 (155 calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 6 onions peeled and chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Knorr beef stockpot or equivalents
  • Add hot water to (level 2 in soupmaker) or to cover the vegetables

Method:

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done untill smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water

Ham & Lentil Soup

After a week back at work and eating loads of good food, I need to get back to making simple and quick soups. This is what I am going to call my “Everyday Range”.

A few ingredients maybe three to six basic vegetables that are easily available and even easier to put into a soup kettle and produce a great tasty lunch. Soups you can have at work, at lunch or the weekend. Soups that you use to replace a few strategic dinners in the week.

Healthier, less calorific and filling.

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 748 (187 calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 6 small carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 Slices of ham ripped or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of hot smoked paprika
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 150 grams of Red Lentils
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Knorr chicken and 1 vegetable stockpot or equivalents
  • Add hot water to (level 2 in soupmaker) or to cover the vegetables

Method:

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done untill smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water

Easier Potato and Leek Soup

After Christmas “use up what’s left” style of soup.  I was inspired by a soup I had at a conference, it was a vegetable soup and I found it really tasty. While all around me were eating volumes of mini beef and ale or chicken and leek pies, with chips. Having no concern about me. I stuck to my guns and stayed with the healthier options.

Have found that this easy soup is really good at making you feel better. Its tasty, its velvety and its above all easy.

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 665 (167 calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large leeks chopped (remove leaves)
  • 4 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 2 vegetable stockpots (any will do)
  • Salt
  • Plenty of Pepper to taste
  • Add hot water to (level 1 in the soupmaker the higher one) or 1 litre in the pan

Method

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to chunky.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done until chunky.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water.
  • Optional: Serve with crusty bread or some yogurt, crème fraiche or cream for a creamier taste.

Old Style Tomato Soup

Veg delivery is here so I am sorting the old from the new, with the old going into various soup and the unusable going into recycling. I hate throwing stuff away so I tend to soup up on Thursdays rather than throwing it all away. I didnt really know what to do with my soups until I came across this american site.

Foodsafety

Soups & Stews Vegetable or meat added 3 to 4 days 2 to 3 months

Here it states 3 to 4 days and 2 to 3 months for soup, but do be careful when storing in the fridge or freezing. Make sure the soup is at room temperature and allow for some expansion in the bag or container you are freezing the soup in.

My Leeky old tomato soup speaks for itself however, I have added a few more bits and pieces to give it a bit of body.

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 480 (120 –  calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (to taste)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 can of tinned tomatoes
  • 1 plum tomato chopped
  • 1 red or green chilli, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp of Worcester sauce
  • 2 tab tbsps of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 stockpots (1 chicken and 1 vegetable)
  • Add hot water to (level 1 or 2 in the soupmaker whichever suit you)

Method

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done until smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water.

Who Doesn’t like Celery

Its the Weekend!

Here is a question for you. Why is it that during the week I can sleep through to the alarm. Yet on Saturdays and Sundays I am up with the bleeding larks? Now its a weekend and I can have a long lie in. Here I am then up early with the rest of the family having their deserved long lie in, the house is like a morgue this morning.

So I think that we are having Chilli tonight and so I begin the preparation for that hot and mincey delight for dinner now as it can grow in flavour throughout the day. At the same time my thoughts began to wander towards lunchtime. I check the veg draw and a large head of Celery jumps into view and so I begin….

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 382 (95.5 –  calories per serving) if you add the butter: Calories 522 – 130.5 per serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (to taste)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped
  • 1 whole celery (about 6-7 stalks), finely chopped
  • Optional (1 knob of butter)
  • 1 tsp of mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 vegetable stockpots (chicken or bouillon will do)
  • Add hot water to (level 1 or 2 in the soupmaker whichever suit you)

Method

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done until smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water.
  • (Optional – serve with crusty bread or a bagel, don’t forget to add the calories for these if you have them).

PS The chilli was a total and delicious success