Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup

A really tasty, warming and soothing soup – packed with anti-oxidants.

Ingredients:

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 red pepper, de-seeded and roughly chopped

1 onion, peeled and chopped

1 red chilli – de-seeded and sliced in half

2 cloves garlic

olive oil

750ml vegetable stock

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 (fan)

Put the butternut squash, red pepper, onion and red chilli on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season, then roast for around 40 mins.

Once the veg and soft and slightly browned, remove from the oven.

Heat some olive oil in a large pan and gently fry the chopped garlic for a minute or two before adding the roasted vegetables and the stock.

Simmer for 5 mins or so then blend.

That’s it!

French Onion Soup with Gruyere Croutons

It’s a classic isn’t it! Probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. You can of course use vegetable stock instead of beef if you don’t eat meat.

Ingredients:

5 white or brown onions (peeled and finely sliced)

50g butter

tblsp olive oil

1 tsp sugar

3 cloves garlic

2 tblsp plain flour

250ml white wine

1 litre beef or vegetable stock

a few baguette slices

Grated gruyere cheese

Method:

Melt the butter and oil in a large pan then add the onion and soften for 5-10 mins

Add the sugar and cook on low, stirring occasionally for 20 mins

Once it’s REALLY soft, add the garlic for a couple more minutes then stir in the flour

Gradually add the wine whilst stirring, then add the stock

Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes

Meanwhile pre-heat a grill and toast the baguette with the grated gruyere on top and serve on top of the soup.

Courgette, Spinach and Potato Soup

It always feels good to eat something green!

This is a really delicious blend of health and comfort and is another easy one to make. The addition of the cheese makes it taste amazing!

Ingredients:

4 medium sized potatoes (peeled and chopped)

2 large courgettes (top and tailed and chopped)

4 spring onions (roughly chopped)

couple of handfuls of washed spinach

2 vegetable stock cubes

cheddar cheese (grated)

Method:

Pop the chopped potatoes in a large pan, cover with water, crumble in the stock cubes and simmer for 5 minutes

Add the courgette and cook for another 5 minutes

Add the spring onions and washed spinach for another 5 minutes

Once the potatoes are soft, turn off the heat and blend

Top with grated cheese

It’s that simple!

Gazpacho

This just tastes of summer and is a perfect soup on warmer days. There is zero cooking involved so energy saving too! Full of antioxidants and s(o)uper tasty!

Ingredients:

8 large ripe tomatoes

1 green pepper (de-seeded)

1/2 a white or brown onion (peeled)

1/2 a cucumber (peeled)

1 garlic cloves

dash of vinegar (white wine, red wine or sherry vinegar)

salt

60ml olive oil

Method:

Wash and chop all the veg then add to a blender and blend to desired consistency (I like it smooth).

add a pinch of salt and the vinegar and blend again.

Finally slowly drizzle in the oil as you keep blending.

Put in the fridge as you want this super cold.

I served it with chopped cucumber and a drizzle of extra oil. It’s also really nice with a boiled egg hidden in the bowl!

Lentil, Bacon and Vegetable Soup

This is a ‘use what you have’ kind of soup. The ingredients can be switched with what you have available and of course, leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock if you are not eating meat. 

Ingredients (don’t need to be exact):

tblsp olive oil

1 onion (chopped)

2 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)

2 sticks celery (chopped)

2 carrots (scrubbed and chopped)

1 red pepper (de-seeded and chopped)

4-6 slices lean bacon (chopped)

A couple of handfuls of dried red lentils (rinsed)

sprinkle of dried chilli flakes (to taste)

750ml vegetable or chicken stock

Method:

Heat the oil and add the chopped vegetables until they start to soften.

Turn up the heat and add the bacon  – stir until it looks cooked through and starting to brown.

Add the lentils and chilli flakes and stir through for about a minute.

Add the stock , simmer for 15 – 20 mins until the lentils are soft.

Serve and enjoy!

Cauliflower Cream Cheese Soup

This is a deliciously creamy soup that packs a load of heart and hormone healthy cauliflower into you whilst feeling comforting and soothing. I used to really dislike cauliflower but have discovered so many new and delicious ways to enjoy it recently. Fabulous in autumn and winter months. (credit to Jo Pratt)

Ingredients:

50g butter

1 onion (chopped)

2 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)

1 bay leaf

1 large cauliflower broken into florets

1 large potato peeled and chopped

500ml milk

750ml vegetable stock

200g cream cheese

1tsp mustard

salt and pepper

nigella seeds

For the onion topping:

4 large onions, peeled and cut into wedges

olive oil

butter

thyme

Method:

Heat the oven to 200 degrees

Put the onions into a roasting tin, drizzle with oil, add small knobs of butter and thyme sprigs and roast for 30-40mins

For the soup:

Melt the butter and add the chopped onion until it starts to soften.

Stir in the bay leaf, garlic, cauliflower and potato and cook covered on a low heat for around 15 mins giving it an occasional stir.

Add the stock and the milk, simmer for 15mins until the veg are soft.

Mix the cream cheese and mustard together, then stir it into the soup.

Remove the bay leaf, turn off the heat and blitz ’til smooth.

Serve with the sticky onions and nigella seeds on top.

Enjoy!

Prune and Chia Pots

28 March 2020

Prune and Chia Pots

Prune and Chia Pots

This is a  super quick dairy free dessert, inspired by a recipe from Jenny Burrell that I often serve to my Holistic Core Restore® clients. There’s no added sugar and the chia seeds add masses of nutrients,  particularly healthy fats and minerals plus they’re a great source of fibre.

The amount below makes about 12 shot size portions:

Ingredients:

1 can of coconut milk

250g soft dried prunes

handful of dried cherries, blueberries or similar

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

 

 

Method:

Gently heat the coconut milk, prunes and dried berries in a saucepan for 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat and stir in the chia seeds.

Allow to cool a little before blending (I use a Nutribullet but a normal blender will do the job)

Divide into ramekins, shot glasses, espresso cups or similar and refridgerate.

These will last a couple of days in the fridge.

Enjoy!