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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I used their tomato knife.

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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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Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup

Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup

Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup:

How to Make homemade – Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup

It is a pleasure to share this recipe of a nutritious healthy soup that is full of flavour as well as goodness.

A perfect combination of ingredients ensures a spectacular mouth-watering taste that gives this soup a wow factor. Of course (if there is any left!!!) you can freeze it.


Serves:
8 – 10 portions

 


Great For:
lunch OR dinner

 


Cooking Time:
2 hours

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • large onion x 1
  • Broccoli – 1 large breakfast bowl 
  • Cauliflower – 1 large breakfast bowl
  • Carrots – ½ breakfast bowl
  • 25g butter
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • cumin – 1 tsp
  • ginger – 1 tsp
  • Salt & pepper
  • mixed herbs – 2 tsp

Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup -Method – Instructions

 

In a large saucepan, boil half a pot of water.

Carefully place the whole chicken upside down into the hot water. However, if you don’t have a big enough pot then you can break off the legs and wings and cook separately.

The water needs to fully cover all the chicken.

And check your water level every now and then as you may need to top it up so you know the chicken is covered with water to ensure all the chicken is cooked properly.

Put the lid on the pot.

Bring to the boil and then let simmer for about 1 ½ hours.

In the meantime while your chicken is cooking prepare everything else for your Soup

Peel and dice the onion.

Cut up broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

You can dice the carrots, or cut circle or half moons. Or you can mix different cuts. It is up to you. For this video I used half moons.

Once the chicken is cooked

When the chicken is cooked, you can take it out the pot.

I use two big spoons with holes in and I pick up the whole chicken with the spoons, hold it above the pot for a few seconds to let the juice drain.

Carefull, bring the chicken over to a plate and place it down gently and let it cool a little for 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain the chicken juice or stock through a sieve into a large bowl to get rid of any unwanted bits.

Next part of making your tasty homemade chicken & broccoli & cauliflower soup

Wash the saucepan up that you cooked the chicken in.

Into your clean pot, place the butter and melt it on a low heat.

Add the onions to the melted butter and add celery if you wanted to at this point but you don’t need to add celery.

Put a lid on and let the onions sweat for 5 minutes.

Now add the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots to the pot.

Then you need to add your chicken stock.

I personally managed to get 1 ½ litres of chicken stock. You can always add water. It just depends on the size of you pot.

Once the chicken has cooled a little, take the skin off the chicken and take all the good pieces of chicken and put to one side in a bowl or on a plate.

There is lots of good chicken meat at the back of the chicken as well as the legs, wings and breast.

This can be done with a fork, however if you are using your hands, do make sure the chicken is cooled down first.

Add your chicken pieces once the vegetables have been brought to the boil.

To your soup, add 1 stock cube, a vegetable or chicken stock cube is fine.

Although it is still full of flavour if you don’t add a stock cube, so totally optional.

Season the soup with cayenne pepper, cumin, ginger, mixed herbs salt and pepper.

Put the lid on and cook on a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.

If you need to top it up with more water you can.

To Make Chicken Stock for Future Use

For to make chicken stock for any future cooking, then either boil up the bones and carcass in water for an hour or so or you can put the bones and carcass in a slow cooker, top up with water and leave over night.

Drain the juice through a seive and discard the unwanted bones and other pieces.

This chicken stock can then be put into little tubs or ice-cube trays and frozen once cooled.

Homemade chicken stock can be used for soup, stews or making homemade gravy and other sauces.

Would You Liquidise Your Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup?

The chicken & broccoli & cauliflower soup can be liquidised or left as it is.

I personally love to partially liquidise my chicken & broccoli & cauliflower soup, so it still has a few small lumps in and not completely smooth.

But there is no right or wrong way, it is down to your personal preference of how you like it.

Once your chicken & broccoli & cauliflower soup is ready, garnish with some fresh parsley if you want.

Serve and enjoy

If you would like a recipe to make some wonderful homemade bread to go with it click HERE.

Happy Cooking

Sharon

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Chicken Curry Noodles

Chicken Curry Noodles

Chicken Curry Noodles Recipe:

Chicken Curry Noodles are a wonderful combination.

With this recipe you can simply adapt by either omitting the chicken or the vegetables or both.

The creamy curry sauce is extremely flavoursome and the noodles just soak up the flavour.

Hopefully you will love these chicken curry noodles as much as I did.

This chicken curry noodles recipe doesn’t take long to cook and it is easy to make for one person as it is to make for a pile of people.

For more lovely chicken recipes and other dinner ideas, do check out the blogs for main courses.

Check out the blogs for Starters to see what kind of delicious soup recipes there are. And if you want to have a nice treat after, then I have some gorgeous recipes for desserts.

Please do tell your friends about the website and help spread the love of cooking.


Serves:
2 people

 


Great For:
Dinner or Lunch

 


Cooking Time:
30 mins

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Ingredients

  • 100g carrot (1 medium carrot)
  • 70g cabbage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 90 – 100g noodles
  • 3 spring onion
  • 2 tbsp curry paste
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Curry powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • Oinch of Salt
  • Olive oil for frying

Chicken Curry Noodles – Method & Instructions

Preparation for Chicken Curry Noodles

Peel and chop carrot into large thin pieces.

Dice up the cabbage.

Cut the onion into half moons.

With the spring onion it is nice if you cut on the bias which means cutting diagonal.

Your chicken needs to be cut up into small strips or cubes.

Cooking your Chicken Curry Noodles

Place olive oil in a wok or deep frying pan.

Into the olive oil add the curry paste.

Give the curry paste a stir with a wooden spoon.

Add the onions into the wok and mix well into the curry paste.

Season with salt.

Put in the toamto puree, mix and then let cook for 2 – 3 minutes.

Now the chicken needs to be added.

It easier to mix it all together with 2 wooden spoons, ensuring the chicken gets covered well into the mixture.

Add your carrots.

It’s quite dry at this stage so now you need to add the coconut milk and mix well and you will see the colour change and it looks and smells wonderful.

The cabbage now needs to be added if you are putting that in.

Add turmeric, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, ginger, chilli flakes, curry powder and corriander and mix well.

Cook on a medium heat for about 15 minutes.

After 10 minutes of cooking put on a pot of boiling water and cook the egg noodles to manufacturers instructions, usually they need about 4 minutes.

Add the spring onions to the curry at the last minute.

When noodles are ready, drain and rinse with hot water.

Add the noodles into your chicken curry and mix well.

Serve with tongs into a wide bowl or plate and enjoy your chicken curry noodles.

Happy Cooking

Sharon

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Relaxing Meditation – Guided Meditation

Relaxing Meditation – Guided Meditation

Relaxation Meditation:

Relaxing Meditation is a wonderful self care practice.

A lot of us have such busy lives. It wouldn’t be unusual for any of us to feel highly strung without even realising it.

If we just took a minute and sat and paid attention to our body, it is surprising how tense or bodies can be. Take a few seconds and pay attention to your tongue and jaw and then consciously focus on relaxing them. What did you discover?  Were you surprised at how tense just those two areas can become.

Practicing relaxation meditation is extremely beneficial, especially when you do this on a regular basis. At first it may feel a bit strange to do a guided relaxation meditation if you are not used to it but stick with it.

Make Time for Relaxing Meditation

How many of us say, “I don’t have time”. Well think about this for a moment, we all have 24 hours in anyone day. If we sleep for 8 of those hours then we are left with 16 hours. Can you honestly say you don’t have time? Realistically you can fit in just 15 minutes of your day for a bit of self care. Relaxing meditation is a wonderful form of self care.


Time:
12 minutes

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Getting into a routine with Relaxing Meditation

Take a look at your day. When would be a regular time that you could take 15 minutes for yourself?

If your routine at the moment is watching TV in bed, then try switching it off 15 minutes earlier and listen to some relaxing meditation.

Maybe try getting up 15 minutes earlier in the day and before you face the world practice listening to a guided relaxing meditation.

Or perhaps after breakfast or after the school run.

When you finish work and you walk out to your car, before you turn on the engine, get out your phone and put on a YouTube guided relaxing meditation.

It is a good time to listen to a relaxing meditation when you are on the bus or train, just put on your headphones and listen.

But whatever you decide, try and get into a routine of having time out for you. And make it a habit for a healthy emotional lifestyle.

Relaxation Meditation is good for the Body and Mind

Once you get into the aspect of self care, it is amazing at what profound affect it can have on your emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing.

A fabulous change will happen.

Feelings of being able to cope better with everyday stresses will become apparent.

Being able to be more productive will happen, because you are operating from a clearer mind.

The body will feel the benefits too.

TRY the Relaxing Meditation

Be open minded and give a try.

Get into a routine by making meditation part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth.

If your mind wonders that is ok. Just recognise it and bring yourself back to listening to the voice of the guided meditation. This may happen several times but eventually with practice your mind will wonder less and you will be able to be in the present moment.

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