Since yesterday’s blog post was reviewing Covent Garden Soup Co’s Soup Boosters, I spotted on they website that they had launched a White Christmas Soup. If you’re a first time reader, you probably won’t know that I make fresh home made soups every other day and share them on here, so there’s probably no surprise that I never look at store bought soups as they’re not in the same league. Anyway, it left me wondering, what makes a soup Christmassy? A quick google search tells me anything you fancy; there’s so many types for different regions. So for all you healthy eaters out there who fancy making you’re own, I’ve adapted this recipe from their list of ingredients and created a fat free one, also suitable for the soup maker too. Note a pan and blender is perfectly fine. And the trick with this recipe is in the cloves and Worcestershire sauce which, according to some chefs, is a close match to truffle oil.
And to give it my own festive feel, I charmed the soups with cookie-cut wholemeal gingernbread, stocking snowmen and star toasts; it tickled the child in me so may go down well with children if you’re trying to encourage them to eat all of their greens, no matter what soup you’re having this month!
Recipe – Serves 4
1 large onion, diced
1 medium potato. peeled & diced
500g cauliflower, chopped
150ml skimmed of semi skimmed milk (part of your healthy extra)
2 whole cloves, ground in a pestle and mortar or try a scant 1/8 tsp of ground cloves
3 chicken stock cubes or 2 stock pots
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
(optional) 50g fat free Cottage cheese or natural yoghurt/creme fraiche to blend in at the end of cooking
A Spritz of Tesco Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray (5 sprays her 1/2 syn) or a sprinkling of low fat cheese
Cookie-cutter Christmas shaped Toasts, using wholemeal slices from your healthy extra
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- Spray a large frying pan with frylight, add the onion and potato, season with salt and pepper and saute until the onions are tender.
- Now add the chopped cauliflower to the pan and saute for a further 10 minutes, stirring here and there, careful that onions do not burn. If they do, spray with more frylight.
- The transfer all the veg in to a soup maker or large pan along with all the other ingredients except the cottage cheese and set to smooth (or simmer for 20 minutes or until all the veg is tender and blend).
- Then, if adding toasts, just cookie-cut with Christmas shapes and pop them in the toaster or grill them (you may want to spray with garlic or chilli frylight to enhance the taste!)
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Tastefully Vikkie x