I love adapting recipes where I can which is why I took on a 7 Day Slimming World Soup Challenge for my YouTube channel. I don’t just take on any old recipe though – I like to separate the wheat from the chaff and hunt for ones with the highest of ratings.
This is exactly what I did with this recipe. I am a huge fan of the BBC Good Food website – it’s almost an institution of good food – I am rarely disappoiinted and so I took upon myself to adapt Jane Hornby’s Spiced Carrot & Lentil Soup for my SW 7 Day Soup Challenge Series this March.
What is making my life easier, or giving me more courage is my trusty Morphy Richards soup maker (original version).
However, I have learnt a valuable lesson on Day 1 today as I film while experimenting – always put all of your ingredients into the soup maker first as a trial to see if the quanity level reaches the allowed amount – if not, it won’t turn on!
And so after changing the Olive Oil for frylight, I realised I needed far less water in the soup maker, so had to blend raw ingredients like mad for it to shrink, then add more water.
I was in fear it would catch on the bottom and ultimately be far too thick (so held back some stock) – in fact, the consistency was perfect – if I added extra water, it would have been too thin.
Syn Free Spicy Carrot & Lentil Soup Recipe:
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- a pinch of chilli flakes
- 600g carrots
- 140g split red lentils
- 1ltr water
- 2 vegetable stock cubes
- 125ml skimmed or semi milk from your healthy allowance
- Frylight a deep pan (deep if not using a soup maker) and fry the cumin seeds & chilli flakes until they are making crackling noises.
- Now reserve half of the cumin and chilli for soup decoration at the end.
- Pour all of the remaining ingredients in to the pan (or soup maker), including the cumin & flakes still in the pan.
- Simmer in a pan for about 15 minutes until the lentils & carrots are cooked, or set to smooth with a Morphy Richards Soup Maker
- Whiz in a blender in you are not using a blender
I am confident this would freeze fine as there is minimal dairy in the recipe.
Someone also asked me via facebook yesterday whether it would cook in a slow cooker – I could only answer that I imagined so – I think this would be a great idea on low – however, if anyone does try this method, please let me know how you got on.
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