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


  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 Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. 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 do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. 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. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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