Monday, 29 October 2012

Winter Warmers #1: Butternut Squash, Turnip and Lentil Soup

In the first of the 'Winter Warmers' series is the recipe for Butternut Squash, Turnip and Lentil Soup.

Firstly, I LOVE a good bit of Butternut Squash, I know no bounds in the use of this particular vegetable and in a soup it is near divine; not only is this super-veg packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium but in a soup it helps to create the illusion that you have actually made a soup full of cream.

I choose Turnip as opposed to Suede mainly as it has a slightly milder flavour which I feel compliments that of the Butternut Squash far better.

Ingredients (Serves 4)
150g Lentils
350g Butternut Squash
1 Turnip
1 Onion
2 Carrots
1 Litre Vegetable Stock
1 tbsp Paprika
Salt and Pepper to taste

Boil all ingredients together and reduce down as desired for 15 minutes.  Using an electric hand blender, blend all ingredients together to form a smooth soup.

Calories per serving: 123

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Cookie Time

When I first gained weight, my love of baking played an unfortunate part in that.  Now as part of my mission to stay trim, baking will too play a large part.  I for one can never resist a sweet treat but to stay on track I need to get innovative with how I can make delicious, low fat and low(er) calorie treats.  These cookies are low fat and the vegetable of choice could easily be substituted for Pumpkin or Carrot.  As with the raspberry and elderflower cupcakes which I wrote about in August, the texture of these is slightly different to that of regular cookies, however they are still delicious and hit the spot!  This recipe is one of my own, I have adjusted the quantities slightly of sugar as this batch were a tad sweet.

Ingredients (Makes 10 giant cookies)
200g Butternut Squash
225g Ground Rice (or rice flour)
75g Ground Almonds
175g Caster Sugar
1.5 tsp Baking Powder
30g Porridge Oats
1 Egg
30g Sultanas
2 tbsp Cinnamon


Boil the Butternut Squash, mash and leave to cool.  Mix the dry ingredients and then whisk in the egg.  Split the mixture into 10 large balls and then place on greaseproof paper on a baking sheet.  Cook for 25 mins at 180 oC.

Calories per serving: 238 (this may seem high but its much lower than shop bought giant cookies)