I’ve moved on from having 49568492044 risotto recipes and moved onto soup recipes. I love soup. It’s been one of the big things that’s helped me lose over 23lbs over the last year. Yes 23. Apparently that is equavilent to the amount of pizza an average American eats in a year.

Just to clarify

The amount of pizza an American eats in a year!

I’ve been relying on soup because it’s warm, homey and you can make 45639594 different variations. Today is a spicy cauliflower and carrot soup. Enjoy

Slow-cooked Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

Put in Your Trolley

650grms of cauliflower

500grms of carrots

500grms of potato (peeled and chopped.)

1L of stock (chicken or vegetable are best.)

800grms of tomatoes

200grms of onion

2tbsp of smoked paprika, hot chili pepper and curry powder

2 birds eye chili’s to your taste.

^ And that’s it!

Step One

Chop up everything. The potatoes, the cauliflower, the onion. Try and keep them as closely matched in size as possible. (Although it does get blended at the end.)

Step Two

Fry the onions and chili until they have browned a little. They add all the spices and fry for another minute. Add all the vegetables and coat with the spices. Then add to the slow cooker. Click on high.

Step Three

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Leave for as long as you can. You could do this in a big pan but I like how the house smells of the soup. (Lol.)

Step Four

Blend once fully cooked. Spoon into bowls and serve with tzatziki and white sour dough bread. Waitrose do the best one.

Numbers if you’re bothered

This made 3.4kg of soup and about 8 portions that work out at 200 calories a portion. Serve with a good hunk of bread and you’re sitting pretty at 400ish. Perfect.

Recommended Reading

I suggest reading WAVE AT HANGING ROCK by Gregg Dunnett. Can see my review here!

Slow-cooked Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

Slow-cooked Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

Slow-cooker Saturdays have become a thing recently. Friday night I think about what’s in the freezer. Or what’s decomposing in the fridge and then Saturday I pop out whilst T’s sleeping to go to the gym and buy the whole of Sainsbury’s. You can definitely cook this quickly in a large pan, but I wanted the flat to smell of Morocco for the day. It’s up to you how you best cook this.

Put in the Trolley

500 g pork mince (I used 10% fat – but whatever you can find will work.)
1 tsp of paprika, ground ginger, cumin and cinnamon
Low calorie cooking spray oil
1 onion, chopped
100 grms of peas (I as always used tinned peas.)
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 (410 g) can tomatoes, crushed, keep juice
300ml vegetable stock

Lizzy Twist

Big spoonful of chili peppers, mild curry powder and tzatziki.

Step 1

Heat a heavy based pan, spritz the bottom and add the mince. Don’t like me, forget that there’s often paper on the bottom. (Take that bit off.) Cook for a minute or three then add to the slow-cooker and spoon in the paprika, ginger, cumin and cinnamon.

Step 2

Slop in the onion, tomatoes and peppers. Give it a super good stir and leave for around ten minutes. (The Lizzy twist here is to chuck in a handful of chili peppers and a really good spoon of mild curry power.) Then made up 600ml of vegetable stock and pour in.

Step 3

Stir and leave for two hours. Then turn it down to low and cook for another two to three hours on low. Keep an eye on it – after the third hour mine started to stick.

Step 4

Cook up some rice. Season with salt and black pepper, spoon in some tzatziki and serve with rocket salad. Delicious.

Numbers (if you’re bothered.)

This made – for me. Around 6 portions, each coming in at around 320 calories each (with the tzatziki.) Warm this up and take it for lunch and it will store in the fridge for around a week. Add white/brown rice and you’re looking at 430ish calories.

Book Recommendation

Book recommendation for this is A Separation, by Katie Kitamura. When her soon-to-be-ex-husband goes missing from a Greek island resort, his estranged wife must go search for him. What follows in Katie Kitamura’s third novel is more an existential mystery than an actual one, although the sheer deftness of her storytelling is nothing less than thrilling. Perfect to curl up with and a bowl of moroccan gorgeousness.