As January draws to a close, my detox soup trial must also come to an end. Since 30th December I have had a fruit smootie for breakfast, a large lunch and then a soup for dinner. I have also cut down on my cakes, biscuits and chocolate consumption – I would say by well over 50%. I have lost nearly 3/4 stone, my trousers feel like they will fall down and I can do my belt up a couple of notches. I feel trimmer and much better for myself. That’s not to say I will go back to my old ways. The large lunch and soup for dinner does not match the home routine. So I will still try to have a large lunch but will have a smaller portioned dinner. And I’ll definitely be having fewer sugary things than I normally do.
So the last soup was tomato soup, from BBC Good Food. Wow – there’s a lot of tomatoes! As with most of the soup recipes I’ve tried, you throw in an onion, carrot and celery (I haven’t quite worked out why celery is prevailent in so many soups! Please tweet me the answer!). Then you drop in the tomatos. I didn’t realise this but you need to take out the hard cores -they don’t soften apparently. The recipe called for a couple of bay leaves, and by lucky coincidence I had some on the shelf (I had to blow the dust of the lid first!). Let it simmer for a 25 minutes, give it a blizt and there we have it – tomato soup!
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Tags: bay leaf, blend, blitz, celery, detox, diet, Health, healthy, onion, simmer, Soup, stone, tomato, weight loss
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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Tags: balsamic vinegar, beetroot, detox, diet, Fruit and Vegetable, garlic, Health, healthy, onion, quick, quickest, Soup, weight loss
My best intentions of a soup a day were somewhat scupper by lack of planning and foresight as to what was coming up diary-wise. Nights out and lunches with friends meant I had to put my soup plan on hold.
Back to it today with a carrot and coriander soup. Really easy and just like the pea soup – carrots and coriander instead of the peas! The BBC recipe also called for a potato so, learning from my heavy, starchy last attempt I just put a small one in. Onions, stock and a large handful of coriander all blitzed together made a rather lovely soup! I feel healthy again!!!
Do you have a (easy) soup recipe you’d like me to try? Tweet me at @jelly_wobbler.
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Tags: blender, carrot, detox, diet, Health, home cooking, onion, Pea, potato, Soup, Stock (food)