Getting a bit chilly out there and autumn is well and truly with us…
It's at this time where warming soups, casseroles etc…becoming more appealing. This is actually pretty good from a healthy eating point of view cos they are easier to sneak a few more veggie sin that maybe we don’t get enough of.
So, not only can you make tasty warming, comforting foods which are super simple to make…you can also make them veg packed (therefore nutrient packed) without even noticing as much (which is a winner for kids too!).
On top of that, they can fill you up for longer meaning overconsuming is less likely to happen and any weight loss and body shape goals become easier…
Pretty good all round, I’d say!
Now, you can throw anything you want into these dishes but here is a little start point for you to have a bash at:
Bacon & Lentil Soup
Time: 20 mins
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion diced
2 sticks of celery finely chopped
2 carrots diced
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
250g lardons (or replace with chopped streaky bacon)
500ml fresh chicken stock
200g of puy lentils (pre-soaked)
Method (err…it’s a difficult one!)
1) Heat the olive oil in a large casserole pan. Add the onion, celery and carrots and cook until beginning to soften. Add the garlic and dried herbs, cook through for 2 mins.
2) Add the bacon turn up the heat and stir-fry until golden brown. Add the chicken stock, lentils and any additional water if needed.
3) Heat through for 5-10mins. Use a hand blender to blend to desired consistency.
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