Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Skinny Vegan Soup

Healthy Soup (1)

You may remember me saying in one of my previous post about my NY resolution is to save money and be healthier. 

Well there is no better way to do both than to take your own lunch to work. I dread to think how much I've spent in Boots buying pre-made sandwiches and don't even ask me about the gunk in them.

So with some spare time over the weekend, I decided to cook up a big batch of skinny soup, filled with yellow split peas, sweet potato and celery- and a big kick of chilli to ramp up your metabolism. 

I adore heavy, thick, hearty soups but not the calories that cream provides. So you'll be glad to know this skinny version comes in under 260 calories!

Plus I know many people are taking part in #Veganuary so I thought I'd do a vegan soup to help you guys stay healthy, happy and satisfied at work.

Healthy Soup (2)

To make 8 bowls, you will need:
  • 500g Yellow Split Peas
  • 5 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Medium Sweet Potato
  • 1 large Onion
  • 4 Cups of Vegetable stock
  • 4 Crushed Cloves of Garlic
  • 3 Table Spoon of Chilli flakes
  • Salt to season to taste

Start by preparing your vegetables. Chop your celery, onion and cube the sweet potato in to roughly 1x1 cm pieces.

Add the stock, celery, onion, peas and garlic to a large cooking pan and bring to the boil. Once boiled, reduce to a slow simmer for 2 hours. Keep an eye on it as if it starts to boil dry, add more stock. 

Once the vegetables have softened and the soup has become thicker, add the potato and chilli flakes and simmer for a further 30 minutes, again just keeping an eye out for boiling dry.

Your soup should be a heavy, thick consistency now. Once satisfied, season to taste and allow to cool before dividing between Tupperware to take to work.

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Reheat in the office microwave for a couple of minutes for instant guilt free lunch. Plus that trip you didn't take to the shops means you didn't buy that mascara that you know you didn't need... yet somehow I still seemed to end up with it after work today. Well, free lunch = new mascara- simple maths really. 

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12 comments:

  1. OK, I'll never be doing veganuary (because I'm basically a carnivore) but that does look really, really good, thanks for the recipe! xoxo
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  2. Oh i LOVE super thick soups too :}
    Thanks for this!!

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  3. This sounds and looks delicious <3 I love making soup especially carrot :) Will have to give this a go thanks for sharing xx

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  4. Looks perfect - will have to try!
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  5. I've never tried such a thick soup, will definitely give it a go :)

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  6. This looks so yummy!
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  7. I always bring lunch to work! I love preparing a delicious meal for the next day, but I do try and leave as much prepared for the week as possible. So if I make something, I always double the match so I can continue to use it/mix and match for the rest of the week.

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  8. This looks delicious, hearty and filling but tasty and healthy! Taking lunch to work is such a simple way to save money, but it can be a tough resolution to stick to...but when your lunch is as delicious as this looks, it'll be a little easier :)

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  9. Looks yummy and healthy! Thanks for the recipe. This will definitely help me with my New Year's resolution to get more fit. Getting fit is one of those New Year's resolutions that always seems the first to go out the window. I think the key is to get really specific about your goals and put some numbers on paper. Another one of the more popular resolutions people have is to save money. We can provide some specific numbers for how we can help you do that in 2014. We're a shaving company called Dorco and our razors cost 30-70% less than leading brands. And that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the quality of your shave, either. Read what others think about our blades and see those glorious numbers for yourself at DorcoUSA.com. Thanks again for a great post!

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  11. Soups are pretty much my favourite thing at the moment - homemade just because I always think they taste better!

    This sounds delicious, I'm definitely going to give it a try.

    Hmm maybe...

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  12. Sounds lovely!

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