Healthier Philly cheese-steaks!

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Ingredients: (yields 2 large cheese-steaks)

1 large white onion

2 sub rolls

2 large portobello mushroom caps

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

350g strips of beef

125g half fat mozzarella

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Method:

  • Remove the stems from each mushroom cap and use a spoon to scrape off the brown gills. Slice the caps in half and then slice each half crosswise.
  • In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring constantly, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.

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  • Wipe out the pan, return it to the heat, and add the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add the vegetables and garlic and cook until tender and lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes.

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  • Return the beef to the pan and stir in the Worcestershire and soy sauces. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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  • Reduce the heat to medium, place slices of mozzarella on top of the beef and vegetables and allow it to melt completely. Stir the mixture so that the beef is fully coated with the melted cheese.
  • Slice your sub rolls three-quarters of the way through and hollow out their insides using a spoon to remove the bread, leaving a ½-inch shell.
  • Divide the cheese steak filling among the two hollowed-out rolls and enjoy!

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Firstly I have to point out that this dinner is so so filling. Your taking out calories and carbs by hollowing out the rolls but I really promise you won’t miss them at all. I was absolutely stuffed after eating these gorgeous cheese-steaks which is just what you want from a good dinner. It definitely stopped me from raiding the fridge for snacks later on in the night! This recipe is great for serving hungry partners or kids at the end of the day. It doesn’t appear to be that healthy but with clever ingredients and getting rid of a bit of dough it makes for an amazingly tasty lighter version of the cheese-steaks we know and love. You all know how much of a cheese fiend I am. I am always tempted to add a bit of extra cheese on top of most things however with this recipe you don’t need to. The melted mozzarella and beef mix is to die for and settles even the biggest cheese lovers needs. Not to mention it is incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think!

 

Happy cooking!

 

Xx

Skinny meatballs in a Sriracha sauce glaze!

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Ingredients:

1kg lean Turkey mince

340g Breadcrumbs

2 eggs

85g spring onions

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

For the Sauce:

¼ cup Sriracha

3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

3 Tbsp rice vinegar

3 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

3 cloves garlic, minced

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Method:

  • Pre heat the oven to 190 degrees C.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs, green onions, garlic powder and salt/pepper.

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  • Shape the mixture into small meatballs. If made small you can get about 40 and if made a little bigger like a did you can get around 20.
  • Spray two baking sheets with low fat cooking oil.
  • Space your meatballs out evenly on the baking sheets and bake in the oven for 20-25mins or until browned. (For larger meatballs you will need to cook for around 35mins).
  • While the meatballs are baking, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking continuously.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes (the sauce will start to thicken) then toss with the meatballs.
  • I served mine with brown rice and topped with some spring onions.

If you are looking for an amazing meal prep option for lunches throughout the week this is the recipe for you. It is so unbelievably quick and easy to make. Including cooking time it only took me about 40mins! I’ve never used Sriracha sauce before and when I gave it a taste was like oh my goodness that is so hot! I am not one for spicy food so I was a little sceptical. However mixed with the honey and Soy sauce it really does create the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavours. The sauce is seriously so tasty I would even have it over rice by itself. And guess what there are only 177 calories in 3 meatballs so what are you waiting for! As always if you do try the recipe let me know what you think and if you have any pictures I’ll feature them on my Facebook and Instagram.

Happy cooking!

Xx

Prosciutto wrapped poached eggs with potato, leek, cheddar and garlic hash

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Ingredients: (yields 3 helpings)

6 Slices of prosciutto ham

2 large leeks

900g potatos

1 clove garlic

50g low calorie cheddar

3 large eggs

2 tbsp bread crumbs

1 egg white, lightly beaten

3 Tbs. chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

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Method:

  • First we will start with poaching the eggs. As I have said before I have egg poaching cups which I just place in boiling water. (They really are brilliant and you can buy them from the likes of Amazon of Lakeland for a couple of pounds.) If you do not have poaching cups then don’t despair. You can spray two small microwaveable bowls with Frylight and crack an egg into each one. Season the eggs, pierce the yolks and cover with cling film. Microwave each egg on high for about 30 seconds. Keep an eye on them as they may pop in the microwave.

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  • Lay a slice of prosciutto on a cutting board and then place another on top. I feel two layers is best as one is a little thin. Place a poached egg at the centre of the top of the slice, then gently roll the egg down the middle, being careful not to break the yolk. Repeat with the remaining prosciutto slices and eggs. Set aside.
  • Now we are going to concentrate on the hash.
  • Finely chop the leeks and chives.
  • Peel the potato’s and then grate them.
  • Place the potatoes and leeks in kitchen towel and remove any excess liquid from them.
  • Now preheat the oven to 450°F or 210 Celsius in a fan assisted oven.
  • Put 2 tbsps of Olive Oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the leeks for 4 to 5 mins.

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  • Let the leeks cool and then add them to a large mixing bowl with the grated potato, the egg white, bread crumbs, garlic, chives and the lemon juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large ovenproof  frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 1/2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the potato mixture.
  • Cook the mixture on the hob for about 15 minutes stirring frequently. Cook until nicely browned.
  •  Now move the pan to the oven and cook for a further 10 minutes you may also want to add a bit of grated cheese.
  • Meanwhile, in a non-stick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 2 Tbs olive oil. Using a spoon, carefully transfer the wrapped eggs, seam side down, to the pan and cook, turning once, until the prosciutto is browned and crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes per side.
  • To serve dollop some potato mixture onto a plate (or like me put it in a square bowl and then turn it out) and add the egg parcels on top.
  • Garnish with chopped chives and your done!

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I am obsessed with this recipe! I tried it for the first time around 3 months ago and haven’t looked back. I literally have this at least once or twice a week. I have it for dinner but it makes a great option for brunch as well! If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making the hash the egg parcels also taste amazing on toast with a sneaky side of baked beans. The parcels take no time at all to whip up on their own and so it makes a great dinner option if you’ve had a long day at work and don’t want to expend too much energy cooking. Not to mention this meal leaves you feeling full and satified and has definitely stopped me snacking later on in the evening. I particularly like eating this meal on a cold rainy night as it is good old comfort food. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Happy cooking! Xx

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Comfort Food: Healthy Shepherds Pie

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Ingredients:

400g lean minced beef

2 medium onions, chopped

2 celery sticks, finely sliced

2 medium carrots, diced

400g can of chopped tomatoes

2tbsp tomato purée

500ml beef stock, made with 1 beef Stock cube

1tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1tsp dried mixed herbs

4tsp cornflour

1tbsp cold water

Flaked sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

For the leeky potato topping:

750g floury potatoes

2tsp sunflower oil

2 slender leeks, trimmed and cut into 1cm slices

150g half-fat crème fraiche

flaked sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

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Method:

  • Place a large non-stick saucepan over a medium heat. Add the mince and cook it with the onions, celery and carrots for 10 minutes until lightly browned.

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  • Stir in the tomatoes, tomato purée, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and mixed herbs. Season with a good pinch of salt and black pepper.
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover loosely and simmer gently for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • About 20 minutes before the meat is ready, make the potato topping. Peel the potatoes and cut them into rough 4cm chunks. Put them in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat slightly and simmer for 18–20 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender.
  • Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the leeks for 5 minutes until softened but not coloured, stirring often.

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  • Drain the potatoes, then tip them back into the pan, season to taste and mash with the crème fraiche until smooth. Stir in the sautéed leeks and set aside.

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  • Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°C/Gas Mark 7. When the beef has been simmering for 40 minutes, mix the cornflour with the cold water to make a smooth paste. Stir this into the beef and cook for another 1–2 minutes or until the sauce is thickened, stirring often.
  • Pour the beef mixture into a 2-litre shallow ovenproof dish. Using a large spoon, top the beef with the mashed potatoes and leeks. Spoon the mixture all around the edge of the dish before heading into the middle, then fluff up with a fork.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling. If making this ahead of time, let the pie cool, then cover and put in the fridge.

Well I promised you lot some comfort food recipes and trust me this first one does not disappoint! My favourite meal when I go home to my mum and dads house (apart from a Sunday roast) is my mums shepherds pie. It really is the ultimate comfort food and perfect for cosy nights in with the heating on catching up on your favourite shows. So I decided to look into a healthier alternative that we could all still enjoy. I experimented with a few recipes and this one is by far my favourite. I love the leeks in the mash it really does make it extra tasty and the whole dish is just filled with lovely homely flavours. Lean beef cooked without fat also reduces the calories. I made a big batch that can be kept in the fridge and used throughout the week or alternatively frozen to be eaten later (very handy when you come in out of the cold after a hard days work and just want to relax). This one would also be great for dinner parties. I would even go as far as to say that your guests probably won’t be able to tell that it is on the more healthy side. If you do try this recipe I would love to know what you think or even send me pictures of your creations.

Happy cooking!

Xx

 

Healthy Tuna burgers

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Ingredients: (yields 4 small burgers or 2 large)

2 x 125g tins of Tuna in Brine

2 cloves of garlic

70g breadcrumbs

80ml Teriyaki sauce

2 large egg whites

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce e.g Tabasco

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

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Method:

  • In a large mixing bowl add the two tins of Tuna.
  • Break the tuna up using a fork making sure there are no big chunks.
  • Add the Teriyaki sauce

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  • Add breadcrumbs and egg whites and combine.

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  • Season with black pepper, minced garlic and hot pepper sauce.

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  • Use your hands to mould this mixture into patties.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.

  • Cook the burgers until brown on both sides approx 4mins each side.

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  • Now serve in a bap with some low fat cheese and enjoy! (I was a bit more liberal with the cheese than I probably should have been hehe)

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This recipe is great for several reasons. It is ridiculously easy to make and also it is quick and fuss free. In fact the only fuss I encountered when making these burgers is that my bloomin tin opener broke so i had to stab the tuna tin to get into it. Seriously what is it with tin openers each time we buy one it breaks within months! Anyway I digress… haha. As the preparation and cooking of these burgers only takes around 15 minutes this recipe is perfect for any one who is in a hurry or just wants to get their dinner into them after a long day! The burgers are incredibly tasty which is great and also lower in fat than your standard beef burgers. I love the kick that they are given by the teriyaki and tobacco sauces. An all round winner for me and I will certainly be looking forward to another helping! As always do let me know if you have tried them and what your thoughts are on this recipe.

Happy cooking Xx

Roasted garlic and caramelised onion soup!

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Ingredients: Yields 6 servings

1 large whole bulb of garlic

1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil

6 thinly sliced onions

2 large leeks

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried thyme

2 tablespoons flour

80 ml dry white wine

850 ml of chicken stock

500 ml milk

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Method:

  • First we need to roast our Garlic. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Peel and separate the cloves of garlic contained in the large bulb.

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  • Rub 1-1/2 tsps oil over garlic head; wrap in foil and bake for one hour.

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  • In the meantime whilst your garlic is roasting we are going to caramelise our veg!
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a pot over medium heat; add chopped onions and leeks and cook for 30 minutes, stirring often.

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  • Add 1/2 tsp salt and thyme; cook an additional 30 minutes or until onions are golden.
  • Take off the hob and set aside for a few minutes.

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  • Remove Garlic from the oven. Open the foil carefully so as not to burn yourself.
  • The garlic should be soft. Mash it with a fork and set aside in a bowl for later.

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  • Put your onions and leaks back on the hob.
  • Stir in flour; add wine and broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  • Add garlic pulp, remaining salt and milk to onion mixture.
  • Simmer 8 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  • Blend mixture in pot using a hand blender or you can do this in a food processor but may have to do it in two batches.

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  • Serve soup and garnish with your choice of ingredients. I used Thyme and have also tried cheese nom nom!

This recipe defines comfort food. It is light enough as to not make you feel guilty eating it but boy is it filling and tasty! Not to mention when cooking it it makes the house smell amazing. As we all know I love to add garlic to almost all of my recipes but there is something about roasted garlic that just makes things so much better. I think one of the best things about this soup is that it really fills you up. A small portion goes a very long way. I usually have this for dinner with a nice piece of bread and then keep the leftovers for my lunch during the week. Isn’t it great to be able to have something that tastes more fattening than it actually is! Not to mention the many benefits that come from onions and garlic. Although they are known as the most pungent smelling vegetables onions and garlic have antioxidant properties that help protect against health conditions such as heart disease and cancer. What more could you want. As always I will be interested to hear if any of you try this recipe. Let me know how it works out for you!

Happy cooking!

Xx

Skinny egg fried rice!

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Ingredients: (serves 6)

2 large eggs   

225g uncooked carrots, shredded   

225g uncooked scallions, sliced   

675g cooked white rice

100g frozen green peas, thawed   

60ml low sodium soy sauce, or to taste

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

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Method:

  • Lightly beat eggs with a fork or whisk.
  • Coat a large non-stick skillet or wok with cooking spray; warm pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add eggs to the pan coating the bottom. As eggs start to cook move them around the pan to avoid burning.
  • Cook until eggs are cooked through, about 2 minute and remove eggs from skillet and set aside.
  • Off heat, re-coat same skillet with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat.
  • Add carrots and onions, cook for 5mins until tender.

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  • Add chives and minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

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  • Stir in cooked rice, peas and soy sauce; cook until heated through, stirring once or twice.
  • Gently stir in cooked egg and remaining scallions; heat through.
  • Serve and enjoy!

 

This recipe is so simple and takes no time at all. It went down a storm in our house and the best thing is you can have it as a side to whatever dish you want. Therefore making a big batch at the start of the week is great as you can store it in the fridge and have it with different dinners and lunches. I know there are sceptics out there who see the word skinny in front of a recipe and think ‘It may be skinny but I bet it doesn’t taste great’ but trust me guys this tastes great and you don’t have to feel guilty about it. Not to mention it is really filling. I only needed a small portion and felt satisfied. I cooked duck to accompany this particular batch of fried rice and it was lovely I would highly recommend it. Overall an easy, delicious go to recipe that is a must to put into your weekly rotation.

Happy cooking!

Xx

No Flour delicious banana bread muffins!

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Ingredients: (Yields 12)

300g  ripe bananas (roughly 3 medium bananas)

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons of maple syrup – adjust to your taste

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

30g  butter

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

200g ground almonds

1 tablespoon of whole flaxseed plus extra for decorating the top of your muffins

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Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 160 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl mash together the bananas and butter. (a fork works well for mashing).

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  • Now add the maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice and mix well with a whisk.
  • Add the ground almonds and a tablespoon of whole flaxseed and mix well.
  • Grease your muffin tins with butter or low fat spray. Alternatively you can use individual muffin cases.
  • Spoon your batter evenly into each muffin cup and top with a pinch of flax seeds.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. You will know if the muffins are done by inserting a skewer into the middle and it coming out dry.
  • Allow muffins to cool and eat warm or at room temperature. Remember to store covered, in the fridge and most importantly enjoy!

**Note this recipe can also be used to make a loaf of bread. Use a bread loaf tin. Fill with the mixture and cook for 1hr 10mins. If the bread starts to brown too much during baking cover with a piece of tinfoil.

These little muffins have been a god send for my partner and I. We now have them every morning for breakfast and they make a great guilt-free snack for when you get peckish during the day. There is no flour, sugar or preservatives and each muffin is only 89 calories so you can have more than 1! The bananas, maple syrup and vanilla give these muffins a lovely sweet taste and so when I am craving something sweet this is now my go to snack. The bread is filling and will keep your energy levels up during the day. Almonds are full of Vitamin E and magnesium, and the Omega-3-rich flaxseed which is added means these muffins aren’t just delicious but nutritious as well. Not to mention they smell great when they come out the oven! As ever I would love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe.

Happy cooking!

Xx

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Omelette and Spinach cannelloni NO PASTA!

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Ingredients

500g Spinach

150g cream cheese  (could use ricotta cheese if preferred)

75g Parmesan cheese, grated

Nutmeg, grated

4-6eggs

4 tblspn water

1 tblspn olive oil

Salt and pepper

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375F degrees.

  • Cook the spinach until tender.  Mix with the cream cheese, half the Parmesan cheese and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

  • Whisk the eggs with the water and add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat and pour in enough egg mixture to make a small, thin omelette.   Cook until firm and turn over to cook the over side.   Remove and place to the side.  Continue to do this until all of egg mixture is used.
  • Spoon some of the spinach mixture onto an edge of an omelette and roll up.  Place in a shallow gratin dish and repeat using all of the omelettes.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and bake for 25 minutes.

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  • Eat and enjoy!

I was eager to try this recipe as I absolutely love cannelloni. I thought making it using omelettes would be a real challenge but it actually worked out really well. A good tip is not to overfill your omelette as they are quite thin and prone to splitting. This tasty recipe yields about four portions. The filling was lovely and can easily be adapted for your own tastes. I think next time I will throw in a bit of chicken into the spinach mix to pack it out a little more. This makes a great main as it is extremely filling and much healthier than the pasta versions you would be used to. The dish is packed with protein from both the omelette and Spinach so would be ideal to have after a workout. I really cant get enough of this one and urge you all to try it. Also it is a great way for those of us who are obsessed with cheese to get our fix! As usual let me know if you have tried this and send e your pictures if you would like.

Happy cooking!

Xx

 

Delicious Broccoli and potato soup

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Ingredients:

1 large head of broccoli

1 large potato peeled and chopped into cubes

1 Large white onion diced

2 cloves of garlic

500ml vegetable stock

250ml low fat milk

125ml water

Salt and pepper

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Method:

  • Cut the broccoli into roughly 1 inch pieces. You can cut and add a bit of the stem but discard the main stem.

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  • Put all the ingredients into a pot except the milk, salt and pepper.
  • Put on the lid of the pot and bring to the boil. Once boiling turn down the heat to medium and rapidly simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and add your milk. Now bring back to the boil and then remove from the heat altogether.
  • Now whizz the hand blender until thoroughly mixed together.
  • To thicken the soup cook it longer on the stove at a medium/low heat.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with a side of your choice. (I have chosen some gorgeous wheaten bread that my talented partner made *recipe for this to follow).

I was a little sceptical of this recipe when I first made it. I’m not really sure why, maybe it was the colour of the soup that made my brain think this may be healthy but I bet it doesn’t taste great. Maybe the green reminded me of lettuce too much haha! Think again. This soup is so unbelievably tasty. I absolutely love it. Plus it is packed full of nutrients from all that veg! I like to have this recipe for dinner but it would make a great packed lunch too. It makes enough soup for about 3-4 servings so you could easily make it at the start of the week and just store it in the fridge. *I am lucky enough to have a partner who loves to bake. He inherited a great bread recipe from his lovely mum and was able to make us a great side for this dish. Bread isn’t very healthy as we all well know but when eaten in moderation it compliments this soup perfectly.

For those who are interested I will post the bread recipe up here as well shortly.

If you do try this recipe I would love to know what you thought of it and by all means send me some pictures if you’d like.

Enjoy and happy cooking!

Xx