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Low Calorie, Winter Warming Soups

January 8th 2015
By: Melanie

If you are looking for ways to lose weight this January then a great way to do this is to replace one meal a day with a low-calories winter warming soup. The best soups are the ones that have been made with a home made chicken stock, making your own stock not only gives the soup depth of flavour, but is a great way of ensuring that you use every part of your whole chicken. Check out our chicken stock recipe for the method.

Pea and Ham soup 228 calories per portion – serves 2

If you have any left over ham in your freezer this is a great way to use up any left over’s.

You will need:

1 litre of chicken stock

1 onion finely chopped

I medium potato peeled and chopped

500g of frozen peas

150g of thick cut ham, cut into small chunks, remove any fat

Salt and Pepper for Seasoning

Bay leaf

1 tsp of butter

Gently sweat the onion in the butter until it goes transparent, being careful not to burn as this could make it taste bitter. Then add the potato and the stock and simmer for around 10 mins, then add the peas bringing them to boil, simmer for a few more minutes and then blend in your blender. Once you have blended the mixture add the ham and season, reheat until the ham is gently warmed and serve.

Vegetable soup

Cooking up a winter warming vegetable soup can be really satisfying, and you can use more or less any vegetables. A basic soup with the recipe above will start with sweating off an onion in butter, then you can add any peeled and chopped up the vegetables you like. It’s a great way of using up any left over vegetables too.  Just make sure you don’t add too many potatoes, parsnips are also contain 75 calories per 100grams. Celery is supposed to enhance weight loss, so you could also add this to your soup recipe. Then just add your stock and herbs, season to your taste and serve, you could also sprinkle it with some grated chedder.

For more winter warming soup recipes please follow this link