I love experimenting with soups as they are so quick and easy to put together and every one tastes so different. As I've just started a diet of sorts I thought I'd share this latest soup with you! It's very quick, very easy and best of all there's no measuring involved. It's great for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and just those of us who want to get into a healthy eating regime and lose a little bit of excess weight along the way! My children and hubby also love it so it's also a great all round family soup!
If you try it, please let me know if you've enjoyed it!
Quick Home Made Vegetable Diet Soup
by Sinead Hoben, www.BreastfeedingMums.com
1 packet of ready prepared fresh soup vegetables, rinsed
1 carton peeled and chopped tomatoes
3 organic vegetable stock cubes
Handful of milled mixed seeds (such as pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, goji, flax etc)
4 small potatoes, peeled, diced and rinsed
250 gms lentils (approx 1/2 a packet)
3 pints boiling water
Salt/Pepper to taste
Basil/ Parsley to decorate
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan and add boiling water. Add the stock cubes, tomatoes, lentils and powdered seeds. Mix well.
Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.
Using an electric hand blender, blend the soup to desired consistency and add salt and pepper to taste.
Tear up some basil/ parsley and sprinkle on top.
Serve hot with a slice of warmed fresh wheaten bread.
Serves 4 - 6
You can make this a meatier soup by adding chicken, beef, lamb or a seafood soup by adding prawns, smoked whiting and so on.
If you're not too concerned about calorie counting you could sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top when serving. Alternatively you could add a swirl of fresh cream!
Depending on how much water you have added initially, you may find the soup thickens if left to sit overnight. You may want to add extra water and stock if required or enjoy it thick and hearty!