Hearty Green Lentil and Chickpea Soup

After the Christmas indulgences, I’ve been trying to stick to a vegetarian diet for as long as I can in January. I’m finding it really easy so far, there’s just a bit more thinking to be done about where I’m getting my protein from. Lentils and chickpeas are both great sources though so I though why not bang them both together in a soup!

Soup is a broad term here as this came out REALLY thick. I think I over-lentilled. So unless you’re feeding a small army, don’t put half a packet of green lentils in like I did. Maybe just 100g or so. But if you do make too much, the good news is this will freeze really well!

See? Not that soupy. But still really delicious! It’s super cheap to make too, you probably already have all the ingredients in your cupboard. I used carrots, peppers and onion as my veg but you can use whatever you like! It’s also completely vegan (just make sure you check your stock cubes).

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Healing and Tasty Chicken Noodle Soup

I might be the only person I know that actually makes their own soup when they’re ill. I do get bored if I have to rest up, so doing a bit of cooking in the middle of the day is a welcome mindless activity.

Anyway onto the goods. You can use any vegetables in this but I like to have something green (feels extra healing) like cabbage or pak choi, some left over chicken is essential and I like to throw in an egg for extra protein. Sup up and rest.

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Hot and Sour Tofu Noodle Soup

Hot and sour soup is one of my favourite Chinese takeaway orders and actually one of the first dishes that got me liking tofu! After having a huge craving, I decided to try and make it. I always thought it would be so hard to make at home but it really wasn’t, most of the ingredients you’ll have in your cupboard anyway.

You could add prawns to this too if you like them (I don’t!) they would be a nice addition.

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Cullen Skink – Scottish Smoked Haddock Soup

Smoked haddock. Leeks. Creamy potato. There’s so much to love about this soup, I can’t believe I’d never attempted it before!

This story starts (as all good soup stories should) in a pub in Edinburgh where I saw Cullen Skink on the menu and noted down the name to look up when I got home, as we weren’t eating (read: we were very much drinking).

And I’m glad I did! After some research I made this using smoked haddock, leeks, onion and potatoes and this is hands down the most delicious soup I’ve ever tried. Just look at it, it’s full of your hopes and dreams. And fish, lots of fish.

 

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