Christmas is the season of excess, a lot of us will drink too much and eat too much, and then comes the new year full of resolutions to diet, or go dry… I’m desperately trying to stay within reason when it comes to the festive season, and thanks to Legal & General who sent me a soup maker to help me get my five-a-day, I’m able to do that.
Soups are really simple to make, but with a soup maker, I’ve found it to be even easier, and it’s my new favourite gadget in the kitchen! It’s like a huge kettle that makes soup! I have whipped up several batches of winter vegetable soup this past week, which is packed with seasonal vegetables, herbs and stock and very filling too! From a healthy living point of view, I get in my five-a-day and there is not added fat, so it is low in calories too. With so many people wanting to lose weight and improve their health after the Christmas indulgence, why not get a little head start with this healthy winter vegetable soup?
I used a mixture of winter vegetables including leeks, parsnips and winter squash. It’s always a bit tricky with exact quantities since I tend to just throw anything into a soup! Around 800g – 1Kg of vegetables to around 1L of stock is how I generally make a soup!
- 1 medium leek, halved lengthways and sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
- ½ winter squash, peeled and chopped
- 1 potato, peeled and chopped
- 2 ripe tomatoes, quartered
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- fresh or dried herbs of your choice – rosemary, thyme, oregano etc
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1L vegetable or chicken stock
- milk or creme fraiche to serve
- Place all the prepared vegetables, garlic, herbs and some salt and pepper in a saucepan (or into a soup maker if you own one – methods may vary depending on the make/model).
- Add the stock.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
- Remove from the heat and blitz with a handheld blender (or regular blender, or if your soup maker is doing it for you, skip this!).
- Check for seasoning – add more if you desire.
- Serve in warmed bowls with a splash of milk or creme fraiche to add creaminess.
Create Christmas is an annual series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog where I blog each day with something to cook, craft or create for Christmas. This year I’m also sharing a round-up post with ideas and inspiration from other bloggers. If you’d like to be involved, just check out the Calling All Bloggers post here. Don’t forget to check out the blogger Create Christmas Linky too!