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Thursday, 23 January 2014

PEA & SPINACH SOUP

PEA AND SPINACH soup
WEIGHT LOSS can be so much easier when you are eating food you enjoy.
Here's a very tasty recipe - PEA AND SPINACH SOUP - one we've only just tried ourselves. I suppose you would class this as 'good food' or 'healthy food' - however, on our weight loss plan we only ever like to eat 'tasty food'. Nothing is banned. The soup was made from leftovers!
Millions of £s are spent on advertising diets - yet OBESITY is increasing. So why not take a completely different view - take a leap of faith and eat what you want? We did.
Our weight loss idea is easy and very simple to follow (see below). We have some fantastic recipes for you to try too.
Why not look through our blog and see what we were (and still are) eating and still managed to lose 7 stone - and keep it off.
This PEA & SPINACH SOUP is a quick and easy recipe.
I would estimate one portion at around 90 calories! As it is so low in calories, add some crusty bread and cheese for a light lunch.
We really loved the combination of herbs and spices which added a good depth of flavour. I must admit the thought of eating something this 'green' put me off, until that first taste.
If you have 25 minutes to spare then you must give this a try, not only because it's so easy, but it's freshness beats anything you can buy in a packet:

PEA & SPINACH SOUP
Ingredients - serves 4
2 shallots (or one onion) chopped
1 stick of celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
140g potato, peeled and finely diced
200g peas (I used frozen)
100g spinach
750ml vegetable stock
2 teaspoons oil
15ml double cream (optional)
1 teaspoon of dried coriander
half teaspoon of dried mint
quarter teaspoon each of turmeric, mace and black pepper
salt to taste
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Heat the oil in a large saucepan. 

Put the shallots and celery into the pan and stir. Turn down the heat and place the lid on the saucepan. Sweat the vegetables for 5 minutes. 

Remove lid, add the crushed garlic and stir for a couple of minutes.

Add the herbs and spices and stir for a minute.

Add the diced potatoes and stock.

Simmer for 10 minutes until potato is softened.

Add the peas and simmer for a further 3 minutes.

Add the spinach, stir well then turn off the heat. Leave to cool for a few minutes then blend. 

Taste for seasoning - add salt and taste again. 

Finally, add the double cream if using. 
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REMEMBER:  - Do you know how many calories you are allowed each day?
We began our weight loss journey in January 2011 - and six months later, we started this blog as a way of recording what we ate while losing weight. The blog is a food diary, and contains lots of recipes, tips and ideas about losing weight.
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