Lentil and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Lentil and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Lentil and Vegetable Soup Recipe:

Learn how to make this delicious and amazing healthy lentil and vegetable soup. This lentil and vegetable soup recipe is easy to follow and you will be glad you tried it.

Lentil and vegetable soup is a hearty and nutritious meal, suitable for lunch or dinner or perhaps an evening snack. 

Health Benefits of Lentil and Vegetable Soup

This soup is not only delicious but also packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a satisfying and healthy meal option.

It’s also versatile, as you can customize it with your favorite vegetables and spices to suit your taste preferences.

Rich in Protein: Lentils are an excellent plant-based source of protein, making them a valuable addition to vegetarian and vegan diets. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body, as well as supporting muscle health.

High in Fiber: Lentils are packed with dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. This fiber content aids in digestion, promotes bowel regularity, and helps to maintain a healthy gut microbiome. It also contributes to a feeling of fullness, which can aid in weight management and appetite control.

Low in Fat: Lentils are naturally low in fat and contain no cholesterol, making them a heart-healthy food choice. Consuming foods low in saturated and trans fats can help reduce the risk of heart disease and improve overall cardiovascular health.

Rich in Essential Nutrients: Lentils are a good source of essential nutrients such as folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. These nutrients play various roles in the body, including supporting immune function, promoting red blood cell production, regulating blood pressure, and maintaining bone health.

Blood Sugar Regulation: The high fiber and complex carbohydrates found in lentils can help stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing the condition.


Serves:
8 people

 


Great For:
lunch OR dinner

 


Cooking Time:
30 minutes

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Ingredients for Sauce

  • potatoes x 2 (200g)
  • lentils 400g
  • onions x 2
  • carrots x 2 (200g)
  • brocolli x 1/2 (200g)
  • parsnips x 2 (120g)
  • spinach

Ingredients for Meatballs

  • salt x 1 pinch
  • black pepper x 1 pinch
  • cayenne pepper x 1/2 tsp
  • mixed herbs x 3 tsp
  • vegetable stock cube x 1
  • water x 1 & half litres

Lentil and Vegetable Soup -Method – Instructions

Cooking your delicious and healthy soup recipe

Cut your potatoes into cubes.

Peel and dice your onion.

Chop your peeled carrot into cubes.

The parsnip you also chop into cubes.

Pull off some brocolli and cut them into smaller chunks.

Into a large pot of boiling water you put in your potatoes, carrots, brocolli, parsnips and seasoning (cayenne pepper, mixed herbs, salt and pepper).

Rinse the lentils in a seive under the tap.

Add the lentils into the pot with all the other ingredients.

Bring to the boil and then add your vegetable stock cube.

Place the lid on the pot and turn heat to a low to medium heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring it occassionaly.

The lentils would have swelled and the soup would have got thicker.

Once the vegetable are cooked the lentil and vegetable soup is ready.

For a smoother soup, you can use a hand blender to liquidise it to your liking.

An option would be to serve with a pour of fresh cream.

Serve and enjoy.

Happy Cooking

Sharon

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Chicken Meatballs – Homemade Recipe

Chicken Meatballs – Homemade Recipe

Chicken Meatball Recipe:

Learn how to make these delicious and amazing Chicken Meatballs. This chicken meatball recipe is easy to follow and you will be glad you tried it.

Making a classic meatball dinner with chicken instead of beef might seem a bit unconventional but once you try it, you will understand why it makes a nice tasty alternative.

The texture of chicken meatballs is moist and tender, owing to the ground chicken used in their preparation.

Health Benefits of Chicken Meatballs

Chicken is a lean protein source, making chicken meatballs a healthier option compared to beef or pork meatballs.

They are lower in saturated fat and calories, making them suitable for those looking to reduce their fat intake while still enjoying meaty flavours.


Serves:
4 people

 


Great For:
lunch OR dinner

 


Cooking Time:
45 – 60 minutes

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Ingredients for Sauce

  • 1 Onion
  • 3 tbsp Oilve Oil
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Tumeric
  • 4 Fresh Tomatoes
  • 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Small Carrot
  • 100g Water
  • 2 Large Handfulls of Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 Tube Tomato Puree
  • 4 Cells of Celery

Ingredients for Meatballs

  • 2 Chicken Breast
  • 1 – 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 Spring Onion
  • Parsley
  • Salt & pepper
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Paprika
  • 2 Eggs
  • Parmesan Cheese for topping
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil

Chicken Meatballs -Method – Instructions

 

Preparing the Tomato Sauce

Peel and dice your onion.

Roughly chop or crush the peeled garlic.

Cut up four cells of cellery to about 1/2 cm chuncks.

Chop up the fresh tomatoes into small chunks.

Grate your carrot.

Gather your fresh basil leaves and roughly chop.

Cooking the Tomato Sauce

Into a saucepan add your olive oil.

Turn the heat on to medium.

Add your onions, garlic, celery and grated carrots.

Mix the ingredients together.

Put a lid on and sauté for 5 – 10 minutes.

After 5 – 10 minutes add some salt & pepper.

Then add your fresh tomatoes and your tin of chopped tomtoes.

To the empty tin of tomatoes, add your water and swirl it around before adding the water to the saucepan, ensuring to not waste any of that lovely tomato flavour.

Place your tomato puree into the saucepan.

Now add your tumeric and oregano and fresh basil.

Give all the ingredients a mix around.

Time now to put the lid on and let the flavours infuse together while letting it cook on a slow heat for 45 minutes, occassionally giving it a stir.

In the meantime while your tomato sauce is cooking lets prepare the Chicken Meatballs

The easiest way to have ground chicken is to ask your local butcher to mince the chicken breasts for you.

Alternatively you can cut your chicken breasts into very small pieces yourself. It is easier to work with when cut up nice and small.

Finely dice your spring onion.

Into a large mixing bowl add your finely ground minced chicken and your finely diced spring onion.

Season with salt and pepper. If you wanted a bit of a spicy chicken meatball, then add 1/2 tsp of chill powder or chilli flakes.

Whisk your eggs and then add to the bowl with your chicken.

Add your garlic and your breadcrumbs to the bowl.

Put in your paprika and parsley.

Grate a bit of your Parmesan cheese into the bowl. Any rich and distinctive strong cheese would be good like Parmigiano Reggiano Dop or something like it.

Intially mix ingredients with a fork.

Then the best way to combine the ingredients for chicken meatballs, is to get your hands into that mixing bowl and really bind the ingredients into a firmer mixture, where the mixture will come away from the edge of the bowl.

Now pull small pieces of the mixture and make little ball shaped meatballs.

From this amount of ingredients, you need to aim to make about 16 meatballs.

You are ready to cook your chicken meatballs.

Check on your Tomato Sauce

After about 45 minutes your tomato sauce will have changed colour and smell amazing.

At this stage you want to place your sauce into a tall jug and liquidise with a hand blender, or you can put the sauce into a liquidiser.

Once the tomato sauce is nice and smooth, empty it back into the saucepan and put the lid on. You can cook it on a very low heat while you cook your chicken meatballs.

Cooking your Chicken Meatballs

Into a frying pan, pour in some olive oil.

Place your chicken meatballs into the frying pan on a low to medium heat.

You can turn your chicken meatballs in the pan by flicking them in the pan or you can turn the meatballs with some tongs.

Moving and jerking your frying pan to move the chicken meatballs ensures the shape of the balls will stay nice and round.

However when you use tongs, it may squash the meatballs a little, slighly altering the shape.

If the shape is altered slightly it doesn’t matter. They still taste amazing.

Ensure the chicken meatballs are nice and brown, so you know they are cooked well. This process will vary depending on your heat, but will take roughly about 10 minutes.

While the chicken meatballs are cooking nicely, this is the perfect time to cook your spaghetti.

Place your speghetti pasta into a pot of boiling water and cook to the packets instructions.

Chicken Meatballs & Tomato Sauce & Spaghetti

Add those gorgeous chicken meatballs to that wonderful homemade tomato sauce.

Gently mix the meatballs into the sauce.

Once your spaghetti is cooked, drain in a seive and pour over some boiling water from the kettle onto your spaghetti.

Spread your spghetti onto the plate.

Place your wonderful flavoursome chicken meatballs and homemade tomato sauce in the centre of your spaghetti pasta.

Grate some parmesan cheese over the top of your meatballs and sprinkle some parsley over the cheese.

Serve and enjoy.

Happy Cooking

Sharon

Do you want that brilliant Tomato Knife?

Greenway supplies sell the most wonderful kitchen products to either the residential home as well as for commercial use.

For to make this really tasty homemade tomato sauce, I used some fresh tomatoes.

I used their tomato knife.

This knife sliced through the fresh tomatoes with ease.

Tomato skins can be quite tough to cut through but not with this special tomato knife.

Click here to order your tomato knife, like the one I showed you on the video.

I highly recommend this tomato knife.

Happy Cooking

Sharon

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Jacket Potato Stuffed with Cheese & Onion

Jacket Potato Stuffed with Cheese & Onion

Jacket Potato Stuffed with Cheese & Onion:

 

How to Make- Jacket Potato Stuffed with Cheese & Onion

Jacket potato stuffed or baked potato as some know it as, is a very versatile meal.

You can serve a jacket potato with butter on the side as part of a main meal or your jacket potato can actually be your main meal if you put a topping on it or stuff the potato like as in this recipe. Or you can have a quater or half a stuffed potato for a starter.

There are so many variations for the filling but for this particular recipe I will show you two ways to have cheese & onion with your jacket potato.

One of those ways is stuffing the jacket potato with the cheese & onion and placing it back in the oven.

It really changes up the flavour and texture of the jacket potato. I would highly recommend trying this version.

A jacket potato is a cheap meal to cook if you are on a budget too.

There is such a large variety of potatoes to choose from. I have given some suggestions but if you want to share in the comments your favourite type of potato to use, I would love to hear from you.


Serves:
1 person per jacket potato

 


Great For:
a healthy dinner

 


Cooking Time:
1 hour and 50 minutes

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Ingredients

  • Large potato – A floury or starchy potato is best like: Rooster, Vivaldi, Sante, King Edwards, Russet, Melody or Desiree. Waxy potatoes are not as good for baking like: Kipfler or Red Royale.
  • Foil to wrap potatoes in

 

  • 1 medium onion per large potato
  • 100g cheddar cheese per large potato
  • Salt & pepper (optional)
  • Butter (optional)

Jacket Potato Stuffed with Cheese & Onion

Method & Instructions for Option 1

Pre-heat oven to Gas 5/190°C

Check your potato to make sure there are no bad bits on the skin

With a sharp knife stab the potato lots of times all around, poking little holes so it doesn’t explode

Wrap the potatoes in foil – if foil is left off the potatoes they will go very crispy – if you want a little crispiness take the foil off half hour before potatoes are ready

Place foil wrapped potatoes on the racks not in a baking tray

Cook in a pre-heated oven Gas 5 or 190°C or 375°F for one and half hours

Dice onion

Melt butter in frying pan then cook your diced onion in the butter until nice and soft and put to one side

Grate cheese and put to one side

Test the potato by piercing a knife into the middle of the potato

Once the potato is cooked cut it in half

Scoop out the potato leaving the skin intact

Put the scooped potato into a bowl

Add the grated cheese and cooked onions into the bowl of scooped potato and mix well

Salt & pepper acn be added at this stage if you wish

Butter can be added but I personally don’t think you need it

Place the potato skins in a baking tray and fill the skins with the potato, cheese & onion mixture

Squash mixture in tight and then fill them right up. It is ok to have a big mound on top of the skins

Place baking tray with filled potatoes back into the oven for 15 minutes

If you want more crispiness on top then leave in the oven for a further 5 or 10 minutes

Serve with maybe a nice salad or have it on its own

Or try having your jacket potato with some delicious homemade coleslaw

Enjoy your jacket potato stuffed with cheese & onion

Jacket Potato with Cheese & Onion Topping

Method & Instructions for Option 2

Once your jacket potato is cooked, you cut a cross on the top, squeeze and pinch the four corners to open up the potato. You may wish to use a clean tea-towel so you don’t burn yourself.

Place a bit of butter in the opened potato if you wish to put butter on it.

Put the fried onions on the potato opening (best to cut these half moons rather than diced).

Cover the onions with grated cheese.

You can place in the oven or under the grill for a few minutes to melt the cheese if you wish.

Serve and enjoy you jacket potato topped with cheese & onion and maybe some baked beans if you wish. Baked beans, cheese & onion work well together.

Other Potato Ideas

There are so many things you can do with potato.

It doesn’t have to just be boiled and mash.

In future blogs and videos I will be giving you lots of ideas of the different ways in which you can cook things with potato.

Potato is a basic food item we have in our kitchen.

Some of the YouTube videos and blogs I have done are the classic bubble & squeak, flavoursome spicy potato wedges, amazingly yummy potato croquettes filled with creammy potato & cheese & leek & chicken, a wonderful potato & chicken & leek pie, simple to make cheesy potato cakes and I am glad to be sharing a beautiful potato & leek & cauliflower cheesy bake.

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