Easy Pea'sy Slimming World Recipes: Homemade Pea & Mint Soup
As an only child living with my parents, I took it for granted that I rarely had to lift a finger. Yummy healthy home cooked food would miraculously appear in front of me 3 times a day and I never cared to much to find out where it come from. (Sainsbury's mostly...but you know what I mean!)
Upon moving into a house of my own with my partner, I should have taken a crash course in cookery but instead became dependant on the takeaways numbers found on the speed dial of my landline!
Not knowing my onions from my shallots aged 25 started to become a worry, more still the continuous cycle of take out cartons being delivered to my house as well as my expanding waist line gave me pause for thought. When various food outlets send you personalised christmas cards - you know you have gone too far!
As you can see scrolling through my blog I have tried every get fit quick trick in the book. It doesn't take a genius to know that faddy diets or pills don't work. It is as simple as eating healthy and excising. Thats why Slimming World's food optimisation plan appealed to me. As a brand it emphasises that it is NOT a diet; it is a lifestyle choice. Small changes you can make to your eating habits which can stay with you for life.
Without harping on too much, I've been a member for 10 weeks and have lost 1lb short of 2stone. It's opened my eyes to a world of cooking, where previously I'd think a salt filled frozen lasagne and bag of ready prepared salad was a decent home-cooked meal. Now I know how to make things like chillies and bolognese from scratch without preservative filled stir in sauces. I can now make speed soups which actually help speed the metabolism and aid weight loss. If only I'd joined sooner...
Once you have a few store cupboard essentials and a comprehensive spice rack you can literally make anything!
So, I thought on occasion I'd post a few easy to follow recipes to share...
Homemade Pea and Mint Soup
You Will Need:
- 1 Onion - roughly chopped
- 2 potatoes - roughly chopped
- Vegetable stock
- 3 Tbsp died mint
- 300g frozen peas
- Fat Free natural yoghurt to serve (optional)
Firstly roughly chop your onions and potatoes.
Boil 400ml of water and add to pan. Add vegetable stock and stir until dissolved.
Add potatoes and onions and allow them to boil in the stock for 7-10minutes.
Prior to to potatoes becoming par-boiled add the frozen peas and allow them to warm though for 3-5minutes.
Add mint to your desired taste
Take the soup off the boil and blitz contents with a hand blender until soup consistency.
Bowl up and add a blob of natural fat free yoghurt to serve immediately, or allow to cool, place in a storage container and refrigerate to have your healthy lunch sorted for the next few days.