Cauliflower & Lime Soup

This simple soup is inspired by a dish we tried from the vegan menu at Raymond Blanc’s  Manoir Aux Quat Saisons restaurant for my inlaw’s 50th wedding anniversary.  This is a much lighter, low fat version which is perfect during this beginning to 2017!  My husband came up with this recipe as we were both obsessed with the flavour of this soup for weeks after our meal!

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Creamy Potato & Corn Chowder

This creamy chowder is super low fat, relying on beans to provide the creaminess.  This will warm your soul during the winter months!  Serve on a bed of spinach and with a chunk of bread and you’ve got a complete meal.

Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
(Serves 4)

Ingredients

600g (1.5 lbs) potatoes peeled and cubed
800 ml (27 fl oz) stock
250g (9 oz) Corn, white, cooked from frozen, whole kernel
230g (8 oz) cannellini beans
200ml (6.7 fl oz) soya milk
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped into small chunks
1 stick of celery, chopped into small chunks
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp thyme
Nutritional yeast to taste (2-3 tbsp)
Salt and black pepper to taste
Sprinkle chilli flakes and sweet paprika to serve

Method

  1. In a large pot, water fry onions, garlic, celery and red pepper until onions are translucent
  2. Add stock, cannellini beans, corn, potatoes, soya milk, paprika and thyme
  3. Bring to the boil and turn down to a medium heat and cook for 20-30 minutes until potatoes are tender
  4. Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper
  5. For a smooth soup blend the whole pot full, to serve sprinkle with paprika and chilli flakes
  6. For a chunky soup, reserve one third of the soup and blend the rest.  Combine the blended with the unblended soup, serve on a bed of spinach and top with chopped scallions.

Watch me make it:

Italian Bean & Pasta Soup (Vegan)

If you’re craving soup that will fill you up and keep you warm – this one’s for you.  It’s a hearty Italian Bean & Pasta soup.  Made from store cupboard ingredients and jam packed with vegetables, beans and pasta it’s thick and chunky texture will fit the bill during the colder nights!

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