الاثنين، 7 يناير، 2013

My Slimming World Favourite Syn Free Soup

During the cooler winter months, it can often be a bit nerve wracking to find great foods to eat that are filling and delicious. A simple salad is simply not going to cut it when you are cold and want to be warm from the inside out. This wonderful soup is a meal that I love to have on cool days because it gives me the warmth I need and helps me to feel fulfilled. I find that the soup uses many vegetables that are readily available during the cool months which make the soup surprisingly affordable, as well. I like that I can easily freeze the leftovers making it great for cooking ahead of time.
Ingredients:
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 2 Finally sliced small leeks
  • 2 Chopped carrots
  • 2 Crushed cloves of garlic
  • 2 Sliced celery sticks
  • ½ Head of white cabbage roughly chopped
  • 1 Litre chicken stock
  • 1 Butternut squash that has been peeled and cubed
  • A few pieces of fresh thyme
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Spray a large saucepan with the nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place the pan on the stove over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions, leeks, celery and garlic to the pan.
  4. Sautee the vegetables until they turn a golden brown color while adding small amounts of stock if you notice that they are sticking to the bottom or sides of the pan.
  5. After the vegetables have turned golden brown, add the cabbage and carrots to the pan.
  6. Allow the mixture to steep for five minutes directly over the heat.
  7. Carefully pour the rest of the stock into the pan.
  8. Add the butternut squash and the thyme to the pan.
  9. Allow everything to boil.
  10. Lower the heat to low heat and let the mixture simmer for at least one hour.
  11. After an hour has passed, remove half of the soup and pour into a pitcher.
  12. Run the blender until the moisture is completely blended.
  13. Pour the blended mixture back into the pan.
  14. Stir everything well.
  15. Add salt and pepper to the pan until it tastes the way you want it to taste.
  16. Serve while hot and freeze leftovers in microwaveable containers for up to a month so that you can have a delicious bowl of soup whenever you want it.
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