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Spiced Carrot & Coconut Soup June 12, 2014

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Soups and Stews — delishuss @ 12:27 pm
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The weather is starting to cool down here in Brisbane. I can start making soups, stews and curries now and not spontaneously combust with the heat . Soups are great, so easy to make and they are full of tasty goodness. Some people struggle to make soup, I don’t get it, it’s probably one of the easiest things to make. I got this recipe from the current Weight Watchers magazine. It’s a lovely new take on a simple carrot soup. I used a lot more of the coconut than the recipe required, I just thought the consistency was a bit thick without it. I also added a stock cube. Both of which would add to the calorie content so if you want to point it, stick to the original recipe.

Serves 4

10 mins prep

35 mins cooking

5 ProPoints per serve

 

Ingredients

1 tbs olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

2 tbs Indian curry paste

1kg carrots, sliced

1/2 cup (80ml) light coconut milk (I used about 150ml)

8x10g mini pappadums

1 stock cube, dissolved in litre of water if not counting points

 

Method

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion, stirring for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the curry paste and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.

2. Add the carrots and 4 cups (1L) of water or stock depending on whether or not you are pointing the recipe and bring to the boil.

3. Reduce the heat and simmer partially covered for 25 minutes or until the carrot is tender.

4. Blend in batches until smooth.

5. Return the soup to a clean saucepan and stir in 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the coconut milk.

6. Place over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Meanwhile, microwave pappadums following packet instructions.

7. Drizzle the soup with the remaining coconut milk and serve with pappadums.

 

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Carrot and Lentil Soup March 7, 2012

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Soups and Stews — delishuss @ 10:41 pm
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I think I have a couple of versions of carrot and lentil soup on the blog so apologies for adding another one but I just saw this in a magazine (Womens Fitness to be exact) and the picture looked nice. It’s pretty handy to make as well, although you do have to grate a load of carrots. You could do them in a food processor if you have a grater attachment. I had a conversation with my colleague about food processors and he thinks they are great, maybe it’s just me but I just don’t like the hassle involved in cleaning the thing. Okay back to the recipe after my rant 🙂

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

600g carrots, grated

140g red lentils

1l vegetable stock

125ml milk

2tsp cumin

Pinch of chilli

Plain yoghurt

Fresh coriander, chopped

Method

1. Heat the olive oil in a pan then add all the ingredients.

2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes until the lentils have softened.

3. Whizz in a blender (I just used a stick blender) until smooth.

4. Season to taste and add a dollop of plain yoghurt and some chopped coriander before serving.

Note: I always add onion and garlic to soup, so I fried this off before adding the rest of the ingredients.

 

Courgette, Carrot and Tomato Frittata October 23, 2011

Filed under: Healthy Eating — delishuss @ 9:34 pm
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I got this recipe from the ‘Frame by Frame- Quick and Easy’ cookbook. I’m not quite sure about it but I said that I would post it anyway. I think it’s maybe just the rawness of the veg with the egg that might be putting me off. If you like the look of it, give it a try and let me know how you get on.

 

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

1 tbp olive oil

1 onion, cut into small wedges

1-2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 eggs

2 egg whites

1 courgette, trimmed and grated

2 carrots, peeled and grated

2 tomatoes, chopped

pepper

1 tbsp shredded fresh basil, to garnish

 

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add the onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Beat together the eggs and egg whites in a bowl, the pour into the pan.

3. Using the spatula, pull the egg mixture from the sides of the pan into the centre, allowing the uncooked egg to run underneath.

4. When the base has set lightly, add the courgettes, carrots and tomatoes. Season to taste with pepper and continue to cook over a low heat until the eggs are cooked to your liking.

5. Sprinkle with the shredded basil, cut the frittata into quarters and serve.

 

Carrot and Lentil Soup August 22, 2010

This gets the thumbs up from my boyfriend anyway. It’s a good hearty soup. I doubled up on the quantities and put some in the freezer.

This recipe serves 4.

2 1/2 Weight Watchers points per serving

Ingredients

Low fat cooking spray

1 large onion, chopped

2 carrots, sliced thinly

1 celery stick with leaves, both sliced thinly

175g (6 oz) red lentils, rinsed

4 tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs

1.2 litres (2 pints) vegetable stock

salt and freshly ground pepper

For the croutons

2 slices day-old wholemeal bread, crusts removed

2 garlice cloves, halved lengthways

Method

1. Spray a large, lidded saucepan with the cooking spray and fry the onion, celery and leaves and carrots for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Stir in the lentils, tomatoes, bay leaves, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

2. Pour in the stock, bring up to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer, half covered, for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are tender, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Remove the bay leaves. Whizz the soup in a food processor, or use a hand-held blender, until smooth. Check the seasoning and add more if necessary.

3. Meanwhile, rub both sides of each slice of bread with the garlic. Cut the bread into cubes and spray with the cooking spray. In a non-stick frying pan, fry the bread, turning occasionally and spraying with more cooking spray if necessary, until golden and crisp. Serve with croutons on top of the soup and some freshly ground black pepper.