Many of us lead busy lives and it can be a struggle to cram in work, training, family and social events as well as cooking healthy and nutritious food. Thankfully, there are dishes out there which fit perfectly into your life, without taking up extra time or leaving you resorting to the ready-meal section.
Homemade soup is a brilliant dish – my favourite – because it allows you to tailor each recipe to your own tastes, it’s easy to make and you can cook in bulk to secure your lunches for days. However, ‘diet’ and ‘low calorie’ versions mean it’s is often overlooked as a filling meal, and gets downgraded to “only-when-your-sick” food. That doesn’t need to be the case – a soup with the right ingredients can provide you with tons of vitamins AND plenty of energy.
Here’s a round-up of the best soup recipes to get you started…
Split Pea Soup
Packed full of fibre and protein, this soup is a signature classic in many cultures. It’s really easy to make and it’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer thanks to slow releasing energy.
You’ll need roughly 200g of yellow split peas, 1 litre of water, 2 peeled and chopped carrots, 1 chopped celery stick and one large chopped onion.
Melt a little butter in a large pan, and add the onions, carrots and celery. Warm them up for 6 – 8 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the peas and water and bring to the boil before lowering the heat to a simmer. Leave the pan simmering for roughly an hour until vegetables are soft and peas begin to split. Then season to taste.
You can also choose to add ham or bacon for extra flavour, and if you prefer to puree the mix for a smoother texture, this can be done after cooking.