Pea, Mint and Courgette Soup

For those who grow your own vegetables you are no doubt all too familiar with the late summer glut of courgettes. Here is yet another way of using some of them up. Works well with the larger ones you forget to pick too as you can just simmer off some of the excess water they…

Mexican Red Bean & Tomato Soup with Toasted Tortilla Croutons

A cross between a bean chili and a soup. Essentially it’s a bean and vegetable chili but with the addition of stock to turn it into a hearty, nourishing and warming soup. The croutons are delicious thrown on top of the soup and also as “chips” to dip into the soured cream and mashed avocado….

Miso Soup with Noodles

One of the easiest soups to make and can easily be adapted to your personal tastes. This is also great as a portable lunch. Just make everything up then add boiling water when you get close enough to a kettle. Nice alternative to a limp sandwich You can put pretty much whatever you like into…

Green Vegetable Soup with Pearl Barley

You may have noticed I’ve got a bit of a thing about soup at the moment. So simple and healthy and can be made from almost anything. This one came about one Saturday morning when I scoured the vegetable tray at the bottom of the fridge looking for something to feed five hungry people. Surprisingly…

Lettuce Soup

Sounds awful, looks OK, tastes great! Makes enough for 4 people 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion – roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped 3-4 heads of little gem lettuce 2 smallish potatoes – peeled and diced into small cubes 1 red chili 1 litre or so of vegetable stock 3-4 tablespoons cream…

Butternut and Bean Soup

After the excess of the festive period what better than home made soup to detox and start that weight loss programme. Chances are, most people know someone who at some stage has been on a soup diet. The most unpleasant would appear to be the cabbage soup diet where you eat home made cabbage soup…

Cream of Celery Soup with Cannellini Beans.

Why is it that we can’t buy celery sticks individually? So many recipes ask for one or two sticks, but the only way of buying the stuff is to buy a whole plant and then work out what to do with the remaining seven or eight sticks. I remember my parent’s having dinner parties in…

Courgette and Dolcelatte Soup

January means two things – the start of a healthy eating phase, and a trip up the M1 to take my daughter and her seemingly endless supply of washed and ironed clothes back up to Leeds for another term at University. After three hours of driving, carrying several heavy bags up three flights of stairs,…

Pumpkin and Rice Soup with Za’atar Croutons

From Sally Butcher’s fabulous guide to Middle Eastern meat free cooking – Veggiestan – this soup is a delight. Perfect for keeping those January frosts at bay. This makes enough soup to feed four or five. 1 medium pumpkin or butternut squash – peeled, deseeded and diced oil for frying – I used raw coconut…

Quick and Easy Chana Dal

Well, when I say quick I mean it’s quick once you have done the prep. You can eat this as a side dish or almost like a soup with some warm nan bread. 2 large handfuls of chana dal (or yellow split peas) 2-3 cloves garlic – finely sliced 2 tomatoes – diced 1 teaspoon…