Feel good soup | Spinach & Broccoli

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January Edit: I’ll not lie to you, this has been sat in my drafts for well over 6 months! Every time I make it I’m too lazy to take a picture of it. Well I’ve finally got my backside into gear, and here it is! A tasty soup jam packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, folic acid and much more.

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Who has the time or willpower to eat well? 

In a bid to try and create more energy and a happier mood I’m hunting for simple meals packed with monstrous amounts of veg that even a lazy bones like me can manage. They have to be healthy, nutritious and very easy to do! If the ingredients list is a mile long or the method is complicated then i just won’t bother.

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It’s taken 26 years to notice that what I eat has a direct influence on my mood. I get mardy, irritable and tired probably more so than others (or they just hide it better). It usually starts at 2pm and can sometimes last until the next day. I’ve always just put this down to not enough sleep, life in general, my job or other people, but what if it’s the food I’m eating?

Now I’ve never been one who could stick to a diet and I’ve learnt the hard way that dieting is the worst thing EVER, it makes me so miserable! I’m purposely not restricting any indulgent foods, I’m just on a mission to add healthier ones. The theory is that if I fill up on ‘goods’ there’s less room for ‘not so goods’ and I’ll see a positive effect on my mood and energy levels. (January edit: Mission still not complete)

Now please let me say that If like The Farmer (My other half) soup just doesn’t cut it as a main meal then it’s perfect for a starter or lunch.

This recipe is not mine so credit due where credits due – I found this gem in a Slimming World veggie cookbook.

Spinach & Broccoli Soup

Serves: 4 (2 in my case. I ate half one day and half the next, but then i can eat a lot)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves crushed

  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

  • 1 litre boiling veg stock

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 400g broccoli florets

  • Small bag of baby spinach leaves

  • large handful of fresh basil

  • 4 tbsp fat free natural fromage frais 

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Method:

Start by putting the onion, garlic, chilli, stock and potatoes into a large saucepan. I’ve had to learn to cook using an Aga (when you haven’t grown up with one it takes a lot of burnt food to learn) I put the pan on the hot plate until boiling, covered it and then moved it over to the simmering plate to simmer for another 8-10 minutes. (For a normal hob just boil on high heat and then reduce the heat once boiling)

Adding the broccoli I then let it simmer for another 6-8 minutes. Meanwhile popping outside to pick my handful of basil. I planted a herb tub outside rather than my usual kitchen windowsill and it’s been an absolute recipe saver. (Nick waters the outside plants so it doesn’t matter if i forget they exist until i need them)

After those 6-8 minutes I stirred in the spinach leaves until wilted and then off the heat I added the basil. This is when the magic happens, I blitzed it all with the hand blitzing thingamajig mum gave me.

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I popped the saucepan back on the simmering plate for 2 minutes and bobs your uncle, you’ve got soup. Pour and serve – now’s the time to add that fromage frais if you want to make it posh and pretty.

I really hope you enjoy this. Dip some brown bread in if you’re feeling extra hungry or just greedy like me.

If you make this then please let me know what you think!

Written with love

Old Mother Hubbard

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