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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Lentil Soup – Homemade Soup Recipe

Lentil Soup – Homemade Soup Recipe

Lentil Soup Recipe:

Lentil soup is a wonderful soup to make.

It is very easy to make and the lentil soup has tremendous flavour.

And lentil soup is extremely good for our health. Lentils have lots of nutritional value.

Cooking with lentils is easy. They don’t need soaking, they just need a rinse.

For this lentil soup I used red lentils but you can use red, brown, green, yellow or black lentils. When choosing your colour lentil for your lentil soup it will alter the colour accordingly.

Either way they are all full of goodness. Lentils are rich in Iron and are an excellent source of protein. Lentils are a great source of fibre too.

I love this lentil soup recipe as it is so delicious, easy to make and it is a very healthy meal, perfect for a lunch or dinner.

You can also freeze this lentil soup too, making it a very practical recipe.

For those living alone it is a perfect way of making a healthy meal once and you can freeze it in individual portions for future uses by just heating it up. With this lentil soup recipe you would probably get about six meals which is great.

And of course those of you with a few in the household, it is perfect too.

I love one pot dinners, less washing up and easy to dish out to your guests or family and you can always just leave the pot on the table and let everyone help themselves.

It is easy and tasty to just heat up your lentil soup the next day (if there is any left of course).

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Serves:
6 portions

 


Great For:
Dinner or Lunch

 


Cooking Time:
30 – 40 mins

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Ingredients

  • 300g Or 2 large carrot
  • 160g or 1 large onion
  • 350g or 3 medium potatoes
  • 400g lentils of your choice
  • 20g butter
  • 4 stock cubes
  • 1 ½ litre water
  • Or you can use homemade stock
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp of black or white pepper
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)

Lentil Soup Recipe – Method & Instructions

When you are chopping your vegetable a good tip is to put a tea-towel under your chopping board and this will stop your chopping board moving as you are using your knife to cut. It is safer.

I like to cut and prepare my vegetables and put in some dishes ready for use.

Firstly peel and dice the onion. To prevent your eyes watering cut the onion in half from root end to the other end. Then cut the opposite to the root end off. Keep the root end intact. See the video for a visual explanation.

Secondly peel carrots and chop off one end, keeping one end intact so you have something to hold, so you don’t end up grating your fingers. Then grate the carrot.

Thirdly peel and cut your potatoes. You can out them in water until you are ready to use them. Keeping them in water stops them going black.

Next you need to put your lentils into a sieve and rinse them under the tap.

You can make your stock by placing stock cubes in water.

If you wanted to make your own stock for the lentil soup, you can use water from previously boiled vegetables.

Making your own chicken stock is an a option too, to make a chicken stock then use the bones from a chicken and either boil them in water or put bones and water in a slow cooker and leave overnight. This gives lovely chicken stock. Another way is to boil a chicken in a large pot and use the water as your stock.

Preparation for your Lentil Soup is done – Now let’s make it

Now in a pot melt some butter and add your onion. Mix the onion into the butter, put the lid on and let them sauté for 5 minutes. Keep on a low heat.

After you have cooked your onion for five minutes, add your grated carrot to the pot.

Then add your potatoes to the pot.

Season the lentil soup with salt and pepper.

Add the rinsed lentils, keeping on a low heat and give all the ingredients a good mix.

Pour the stock into the pot and turn up the heat to bring it to the boil. Add in bay leaves.

Once brought to the boil, turn heat down to low again, put the lid on and simmer, stirring occasionally.

Cook for about 20 – 30 minutes.

The lentil soup is meant to be nice and thick but if you feel it is too thick, just add a little water.

Personally I love the soup like this with but if you prefer the go ahead and liquidise it. Some people love it smooth and others love it with bits in, personal preference.

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Enjoy your Lentil Soup.

Happy Cooking

Sharon

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How to make coleslaw – homemade

How to make coleslaw – homemade

How to make Coleslaw – Homemade:

Coleslaw is delicious when it is homemade. Often people tell me how tasty and delicious my homemade coleslaw is.

If I visit friends and family sometimes I would bring some with me and they love it.

Homemade Coleslaw just goes with so many things. I love having it with homemade onion rings, homemade pies, and a steak or with chicken and many other things.

Some other suggestions that this gorgeous coleslaw would be nice with and I have recipes to show you is Jacket Potato, Homemade Cheese Burger, Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cheese & Ham, Veggie Fingers and individual Mini Chicken Pie.

Make sure you browse through the website to find more fabulous recipes like the homemade quiche, homemade mini chicken pie or the vegetarian scotch egg and lots more recipes for home cooking.

It is an amazing accompaniment to a main course, or as part of a salad or in a sandwich, panini, bagel or roll.

This recipe is extremely versatile. This homemade version can be adapted to make various types.

I have given you the basic recipe and also highlighted some other ways you can adapt the coleslaw by adding different ingredients to the basic mixture.

You may think of another variation. Perhaps you might decide to put pineapple in it or something else.

I would love to hear your comments on what ones you have tried. What have been your favourites? And if you have come up with a different ingredient to add to the basic coleslaw then let me know in the comments.

I really recommend you try making this recipe. You will love it.

Enjoy making and tasting this wonderful coleslaw recipe.


Serves:
2 adults

 


Great For:
as part of a dinner or lunch

 


Cooking Time:
5 mins

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Ingredients for Basic Coleslaw

  • 80g cabbage – red or white or both
  • 80g carrot
  • 10g onion – red onion is best (optional)
  • 2 large heaped tbsp mayonnaise (you may need more when adding additional ingredients
  • salt & pepper

Additional Ingredients for other types

  • For Cheese – 80g cheedar cheese
  • For Sultana – 30g sultana
  • For Apple – 80g red apple 
  • For Fruity – 30g sultana & 80g red apple

How to make coleslaw – homemade

Method & Instructions 

Cut cabbage into ¼ inch slices then cut into chunky squares

Grate the carrot

Dice onion finely

Season with salt & pepper (optional)

Mix it well in a bowl

Add mayonnaise and mix well

Serve and enjoy

Or you can try the following variations of coleslaw:

  • For cheese coleslaw add 80g of cheddar cheese and mix well to the basic coleslaw mixture
  • For sultana coleslaw add 30g of sultana to the basic mixture and mix well
  • For a sweet apple coleslaw add 80g of apple – red is best

Core the apple or cut apple into four and cut out pips

Keeping the skin on is best and if you use a red apple it adds a vibrant colour

Dice the apple into small cubes

Add the basic mixture and mix well

  • For a fruity one add 30g sultana and 80g apple to the basic mixture and mix well
  • You can add 80g of cheese to the sultana one, or the apple, or the fruity coleslaw

Have fun with making yours and experiment as I did. But if you decide to just try making the basic one, then I can assure you there is nothing basic about the flavour.

You won’t ever buy a shop one again after you try this homemade version.

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