Posts Tagged With: Fruit and Vegetable

Daily detox soup – Cooked beetroot soup

The great news is that I’ve gone down another notch on the belt. My shirts feel looser and my trousers felt like they are falling down. So something is going right!

Tonight’s soup is beetroot. Whilst browsing in the supermarket I saw some cooked beetroot. I love beetroot and thought a beetroot soup would be lovely, so wondered about trying it. I searched for a couple of recipes and this one seemed easy enough. I wasn’t going to bother with the croutons or goat’s cheese.

Very simple: soften the onions add in garlic, beetroot, stock and balsamic vinegar and that’s it pretty much done. You only need to bring to the boil and then simmer for a couple of minutes. It’s the quickest soup I’ve made yet!

I think there was too much stock as it was quite watery.  I think next time it needs to be thicker so either more beetroot or less stock. It was really yummy. I’m not sure what the vinegar brought to the table though.

If you’d like to suggest a soup for me to try, tweet me @jelly_wobbler.

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Daily detox soup – roasted garlic and aubergine (eggplant) soup

The thing I find about diet regimes and loosing weight (not just me but friends and family) is that are short-termism. One generally binge-diets, goes back to their usual ways and then goes back on another fad diet. My Daily Detox is no exception. I know I can’t sustain it but I’m trying to change my lifestyle and habits just a little bit. In the long run I do hope to change some habits – for example cutting down on my sugar intake, drinking more water but also having a large lunch and a smaller dinner (it has always been the opposite). It makes sense: I can burn off the larger lunch but a large dinner sits on my middle during a relatively inactive sleep.

So my trial on losing a bit of weight and being healthier is not about cutting out things completely. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Years ago I cut out chocolate, cake and biscuit completely for one month, and on the first day “off” I gobbled a whole box of Fingers in one go. What was the point in that?! By cutting out the things you like is no fun – you only live once – so I am having a few treats. I summarise that in the last three weeks I have probably eaten about 20-25% of what I usually eat sugar-wise. That is to be celebrated – more cake please!! Pizza, croissant, cake: as long as I am conscious, sensible and responsible it’s ok to have these things in moderation. Dieting is not about abstinence, it is about making better choices.

Today’s soup is quite ambitious by my standards. I was looking for a different vegetable to use when I was browsing the supermarket shelf and saw an aubergine. Intrigued, I did a quick search for soups with aubergine in and came across this recipe. It seemed pretty simple, just an age to make. Perfect for a lazy Saturday!

Once the garlic and aubergine had been roasted, the recipe said to peel them both. The skin came off like a dream! Really easy!

Roasted garlic and aubergine (eggplant)

Roasted garlic and aubergine (eggplant)

Then it was the usual onions and stock, with some tomato purée and, 40 minutes later a great smelling soup. We don’t have half-and-half in the UK so some whole milk did the trick to add a bit if cream. And it was delicious! The garlic was so subtle it was perfect. Definitely trying this one again!

Roasted garlic and eggplant soup

Roasted garlic and aubergine soup

If you have a soup I can try, tweet me @jelly_wobbler.

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Daily detox soup – leek and potato

I’ve followed my smoothie – lunch – soup diet for about three weeks now. I’ve seriously cut down on my sugar/chocolate/cake intake, and I’ve lost about half a stone already. My trousers are feeling looser and my shirts aren’t so tight around the middle. Something is definitely working!

The next soup is an old favourite – leek and potato. Following on from the chunky chicken soup, I didn’t blizt the vegetables after cooking, so I had something more to chewy on. Really lovely, and really whomesome. Yum!

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Daily detox soup – pea soup

It’s the time of year when you look at your waist, the empty wrappers of Roses and Quality Street (having wasted an extraordinary amount of time cross-checking colours with reference cards) and the mountains of calories still waiting to be consumed trapped inside chocolate, cake and mince pies in the kitchen. It’s time to take action so I am going on a mini health kick. I’ve decided to have a fruit Smoothie for breakfast, a main course lunch and healthy soup for dinner. No bread and cutting down the sweets (not entirely…..baby steps to start with). I’m not really a soup person so my jelly wobble is to make different soups for my dinner, and I will post one each day.

Today I tried pea soup because all the recipes say it’s easy. Fry some onions, add chicken stock and loads of peas. Easy-pea, er, sy. I thought it wouldn’t be that filling so I decided to throw in a potato to thicken it up. Whizz end it up, added in some crème fraîche when serving and it was lovely. Not sure how filling it’ll be, as it was demolished in seconds!! And I feel righteously healthy. Now to resist the mince pies calling my name from the kitchen…

Do you have a soup recipe you’d like me to try? Tweet me at @jelly_wobbler.

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