The Soup With Recipe

Today was so busy I hardly had time to eat which is good in one way but can mean I end up grabbing sugary high carb snacks but thanks to taking to work my own breakfast and having ready made soup for supper I did OK today.

I began with an apple cider and honey in hot water which I am really liking nowadays and a bowl of watermelon.  I have enjoyed that watermelon but that was the end of it.watermelon 22-10-14 For lunch I had a mackerel and rice salad from Pure.Big Mack I haven’t had smoked mackerel for ages and I really enjoyed it.mackerel salad 22-10-14 I was feeling very hungry by the time I got to eat this (mid afternoon) so I added some cooked chicken to make sure I didn’t give in to temptation and pop out for latte and cake.chicken and rice salad Back at home I had another bowl of that soup.bean soup and spoon It was really good.bean soup close up Especially with parmesan on top.  I do need to share this recipe with you.bean soup and ParmesanIt took me ages to find the recipe but I got there in the end.  It was in the ‘easy slow cooker’ book.  I struggled to find it because it was not in the soup section as it was a recipe for a hot pot!easy slow cooker

Smoky Bean Hotpot

Ingredients – serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 medium waxy potatoes, cut in to 2 cm dice
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped,
  • 350ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 x tin of beans ( I used black beans and red kidney beans)
  • salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, heat and add the onion and cook for 4 – 5 minutes
  2. Add the garlic, capers, parsley and paprika and fry for 2 minutes
  3. Add the celery, carrot, potatoes and red pepper and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to coat the vegetables in the flavoured oil
  4. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the stock
  5. Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 3 hours until all the vegetables are cooked
  6. Stir in the beans 1 hour before the end of cooking time.

I have not been eating this all week because I have eaten small portions but because I doubled the portion.  We have all really enjoyed this and I will definitely make it again.

 

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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