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Hearty winter vegetable soup gluten free with a kick
Written by Bunmi. Monday, January 9th, 2012
So yesterday I found myself feeling the need of some real winter food. Now like most people part of my new years resolutions is to eat health and keep fit. I’ve always been a bot of a health freak and generally eat as healthily as I can. The inability to eat lots of different foods means that I’m cheating a little because my diet is so limited.
So in the end, I settled for some healthy hearty meals and heres one of my Sunday made meals ready for my week ahead.
Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup.
I literally raided my fridge to see what vegetables I had available. I was having a bit of a lazy Sunday morning so didn’t want to leave the house. I was happy to find the following. ☺
• And of course my trustee stock cubes which I always keep in the cupboard.
Happy days ☺
I guess you don’t need a lot of imagination to make soup but as I really rarely make it and as I was making it gluten free, I knew that the usual key ingredients such as pearl barley and or flour wouldn’t be available to use. So for the extra thickness, I opted for potatoes and for the kick the chilies. I boiled the potatoes until they where soft right through and then decided to blend them until the consistancy of slightly runny mashed poataoe. (I have to say that at this point, I wasn’t sure if this would work but I gave it a go anyway. NOTE that you will need to add a bit of water to the blended to make it blend.)
My potatoes I left the skin on for extra fibre
I didn’t really follow any particular formula or recipe, instead I opted to use my imagination and see what happened. So I made my stock with 4 stock cubes (gluten free of course) and diced up my vegetable to make manageable bite size chunks.
I remember talking to @fullymum on twitter a while ago and she’d said to me, when making soup, just chuck it all in. So thats exactly what I did. In went all the vegetables and the mashed up potatoes. I also added some dried mixed herbs and left it all to simar.
I left it to simmer on the hob whilst I prepared my next meal challenge……’homemade lean and healthy hamburgers’. You can see the recipe here.
Oh and by the way, the soup came out great. All the details are available for you to view in the recipes section. Happy cooking, it’s well worth all the chopping of veg as it tastes lush. Think I need a sharper knife though as my veg wasn’t that easy to cut.
Click here to see the soup recipe.
I’ll be eating soup tonight for my dinner and I can’t wait.