I’ve found this syn free Slimming World soup helps boost my weightloss when I need to pull myself back together. But you must plan a day ahead to soak the soup mix, then boil the following day to remove the toxins.
As I focus on making small changes in order to cut out processed food (and up my intake of nuts and seeds), today I started my day with my 2nd 35 minute session of Yoga with Adriene.
It is her most recent challenge and today, I subscribed to her channel and suppose I’ve committed to the challenge. Other Yogi’s I have been challenged by are Erin Motz (this is a great starting point) and Mandy Ingber’s occasional session.
I don’t often use the word awesome – I can’t bear it usually and think it is overused. But yesterday while home alone at the end if my session, I found myself calling it awesome aloud in autopilot. Weird.
I love how gurus can offer free exercise online and you can have the choice to pay them for new online sessions through their own websites. One day I am sure I will when I can prioritise personal expenditures. Or attend a class.
I then had my usual dairy free porridge but this time stirred in a tablespoon of golden syrup and 5g of pumpkin & sunflower seeds.
Normally I just have it with sweetener and water and am in need for lunch by 12 like clockwork. However, this time I wasn’t hungry until 1:30pm, giving me some flexibility to create today’s soup.
Last night I raided my hardly-touched whole food box full of grains, lentils and many others. I would eat more of them but my fiance is not a fan – but with my soups during the day, I thought I should take advantage.
THE SOUP MIX NEEDS SOAKING OVERNIGHT
I emptied the last remaining grains from my Morrisons Country Soup mix (120g to be exact) and soaked them overnight – you cannot skip this step, or you could save time by using a 410g can of something similar. Whole foods are high in fibre and I find them a great hunger suppressant.
Also, after doing some research in to the types of soup combinations I like, I decided to go directly to the Morrison’s website and look for a recipe suggestion under their product listings and found one called Farmhouse Vegetable Soup.
However, I’ve adjusted considerably to suit my tastes and the vegetables I had. As I now live near by the countryside, it felt very fitting in my new warm conservatory. This is a very simple and refreshing vegetarian recipe which could easily be vegan if you opt for the purple bouillon. It’s also extremely filling.
Another reason I’m quite fond of mixed beans like these is because I know they offer many health benefits. Aduki and mung beans are great for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. I remember this from days of try Jillian McKeith’s recipes.
WHAT IS SOUP MIX? AND IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE?
People have often told me they can’t find soup mix when following my recipe. And I completely understand as it does sound synful like there’s powdered soup in it and some stores call it something else. It really just a mix of dried pulses and beans which you’ll typically find it alongside dried chickpeas, quinoa and so on. Or, health food stores like Holland and Barrett.
And while revisiting this recipe again myself, I popped to my local coop and they’d sold out, yet could not see the point in making a special shopping trip just for one ingredient.
So, instead, I used what I had: about 20g aduki beans, 20g mung beans, 20g pearl barley, 20g chick peas and 20g red lentils. You get the picture? Just make sure they’re syn free on your Slimming World app. Or, buy a tin or two of syn free mixed beans.
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SLIMMING WORLD SYN FREE COUNTRY VEGETABLE SOUP
- 120 g 120g dried country soup mix *see direction above for alternative
- 1 Clove of garlic minced
- 2 cm fresh ginger peeled & grated
- 1 large onion (approx 150g) finely peeled & diced
- 2 celery sticks (approx 140g) finely diced
- 3 carrots (approx 260g) peeled & finely diced
- 1 medium potato peeled & diced
- 1 litre water
- 2-3 vegetable or chicken stock cubes *try two initially as you could always add a 3rd towards the end
- 4 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 leek sliced
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- Soak the country soup mix the night before for a minimum of 8-10 hours. Drain and add to a deep pan with fresh boiling water, then bring to boiling point and reduce to a simmer for 50 minutes.
- Now drain the soup mix and set aside.
- Spray a deep based pan with pan with frylight and add the onions, garlic, leek, ginger and season well. Sauté for 5 minutes until the onions are soft.
- Add the potatoes, celery, carrots and herbs and cover, cooking for a further 10 minutes until all are softened.
- Now add the soup mix and any remaining ingredients, in to the pan and simmer until all is tender and serve with slices of lemon. This is particularly lovely with finely chopped fresh basil stirred in too.