Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup:
Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons
Without being boring, as well as being predictable, diets are very topical after the blow-out sessions over the festive period, and as I have lost so much weight on the 5:2 diet over the last year, I will be squeezing a few days in between Christmas and New Year before settling back into the diet full-time in January. So, today’s post is all about a spicy, smoked low-calorie soup, as well as using leftovers from Christmas dinner too. This is a spicy little number, but not as in hot and spicy, but as in warm and aromatic spicy, with smoky overtones too – it’s a lovely soup to perk up any jaded appetite after the overload of chocolates and stuffing, and it has a very remarkable (and VERY low) calorie count, of only 129 calories per bowl, INCLUDING the croutons.
You can use fresh carrots for this soup, but when I made this today, I used some cooked carrots left over from our Christmas Dinner, and the soup was prepped, cooked and served in under half an hour. As well as being an ideal soup for a fast day meal between Christmas and New Year, it’s also a brilliant soup to serve to the whole family – just double the ingredients to serve a family of four, as this recipe makes enough soup for 2 servings.
This soup can be frozen if you want to make a larger batch for other fast days, and to be really smart, you can freeze the soup in portions in zip-lock freezer bags for easy defrost and reheating. DO give this soup a go, whether you are on a diet or not, it’s packed full of flavour and is suitable for vegans as well as vegetarians. That’s all for today – do excuse the short post, I am getting ready to pack up and return home after a fabulous week in our holiday cottage in Suffolk. I will be back before New Year with some new recipe ideas and giveaways………have a wonderful weekend, Karen
Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons – 129 calories per serving
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