Category Archives: Soups

Nettle Soup

This nettle soup is amazing! It’s a gorgeous rich, yellow colour and full of vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants!

I was inspired to go nettle picking today in the glorious sunshine! l took a paper bag and collected nettles (wearing gloves!) just a few minutes from where I live! Nettles are in season between April to May and make this delicious, nutty soup!

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Serves 3

Ingredients

Large handful of freshly picked nettles

1tsp                 Coconut oil

1                      Onion

1                      Garlic clove

1                      Large carrot

½                     Large sweet potato

1tsp                 Thyme

1 litre               Filtered water

 Method

Bake the carrot and sweet potato in the oven for 45 minutes at 200C.

Melt the coconut oil in a large heated pan. Chop up the onion and sizzle in the pan, followed by adding the chopped garlic.

Wash the nettles (I used gloves!) and cut off any roots. Pour the water into the pan and add the nettles.

Chop up the carrot and sweet potato and add to the pan. Now add the thyme.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Finally leave to cool for a few minutes, then add the soup to a blender or use a hand blender to make a smooth soup.

Serve and enjoy!

Green Pea & Mung Bean Soup

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Out of the blue yesterday evening, I had the idea to make green pea soup! I forgot to write it down. Then today at work my colleague had pea soup for lunch and I remembered! When I got home I put a sweet potato in the oven for dinner and then remembered my plan to make the soup! So I thought I could add the sweet potato into the soup to give it a thicker consistency. Then I noticed a jar of sprouted mung beans on the kitchen window seal waiting to be used! So I thought I would add these in too!

So in the end I had a tasty, green soup with an interesting, smoky flavour! I discovered that no-one has put a green pea and mung bean soup on the internet yet, so this is a truly unique recipe! Peas and mung beans seem to go well together and are a good source of vegan protein.

As you may have noticed, I have gone mad lately blogging everyday! I keep coming up with good ideas! I’m on a roll (a blogroll) ha ha! Plus it’s fun!

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Serves 2

1tbsp              Coconut Oil

1                     Red Onion

1                     Garlic Clove

500ml             Filtered Water

250g               Frozen peas

200g               Sprouted Mung Beans

1                     Medium Sweet Potato

1tsp                Thyme

1/4tsp             Pink Crystal Salt

1/4tsp             Black Pepper

Soak the mung beans in filtered water in a sprouting jar overnight. Drain the water in the morning and leave to sprout.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Bake the sweet potato for 45 minutes.

Melt the coconut oil in a sauce pan on a medium heat. Finely chop the onion and add to the hot pan. Stir occasionally. Cook until the onions start to brown then add the finely chopped garlic which cooks quickly.

Now pour in the water and add the frozen peas, mung beans and sweet potato cut into chunks. Add the thyme and season with salt and pepper. Now bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Leave the soup to cool slightly. Pour it into a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend on full power for 30 seconds.

Now pour into a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with a slice of bread.

Store any leftovers in the fridge.

Carrot and Coriander Soup

This delicious carrot and coriander soup is perfect to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. It contains warming ginger, coriander, cumin and turmeric spices. Furthermore it is my favourite soup. It is soothing and sweet and perfect for when you need a dose of orange in your life!

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Serves 2

Ingredients

1tbsp              Coconut Oil

1                       Onion

250g               Carrots

1                       Sweet Potato

1inch              Fresh Root Ginger

1tsp                 Ground Turmeric

1 tsp                 Ground Cumin

1tsp                 Ground Coriander

125g                Red Split Lentils

1000ml          Filtered Water

Handful         Fresh Coriander

1/4tsp             Pink Crystal Salt

1/4tsp             Black Pepper

Instructions

Firstly melt the coconut oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Next chop up the onion and fry for for a few minutes until it is glassy in appearance. Now add the chopped garlic, turmeric, cumin, coriander spices and salt and pepper. Stir together.

Now pour in the litre of water.

Next add in the chopped carrots and diced sweet potato. Now pour in the lentils.

Next cover and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes.

Pour into a blender, ideally a Vitamix and blend until smooth.

Finally pour into a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Best served warm with a slice of toasted bread.