Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup: Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup: Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup: Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup:

Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup: Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

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.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

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.

Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup: Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup: Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

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

Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup: Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

Using Christmas Dinner Leftover Carrots for a 5:2 Diet Soup: Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons

Recipe:

Smoky Carrot & Coriander Soup with Croutons – 129 calories per serving

Smoky Carrot and Coriander Soup with Croutons (Low-Calorie)

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Snack, Soup, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Christmas, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A delectable spicy and smoky soup that is easily made and that only has 129 calories per generous bowl, including the croutons. This soup makes a comforting meal for a 5:2 diet fast day and is perfect for using up left-over carrots too.

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 sprays low-fat oil (I use Fry Light - 6 calories)
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced (28 calories)
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into slices (or 240g cooked carrots - 100 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (5 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (5 calories)
  • 600mls vegetable stock (I use Swiss Marigold Bouillon - 32 calories)
  • 2 slices crust-less bread such as Weight Watchers (19g per slice) (82 calories)

Note

A delectable spicy and smoky soup that is easily made and that only has 129 calories per generous bowl, including the croutons. This soup makes a comforting meal for a 5:2 diet fast day and is perfect for using up left-over carrots too.

Directions

Step 1 Fry the onion in the low-fat spray until it is opaque and soft. Add the carrots, ground coriander and smoked paprika and continue to sauté of a low heat until the carrots are cooked, or if using cooked carrots, they are hot.
Step 2 Add the stock and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are very soft. Carefully pour the soup into a blender and blend/blitz until smooth. Alternatively blend the soup until smooth with a hand held beater or immersion blender. Meanwhile, toast the bread slices and cut into croutons.
Step 3 Pour the soup back into the pan and re-heat without boiling. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Step 4 Serve the soup in warmed soup bowls and sprinkle some extra smoked paprika over the top of the soup and the croutons.

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Comments

  1. says

    left-over soup is the best soup and it feels so virtuous too no? Love the addition of the smoked paprika to pep it all up, that’s a great idea!… happy new hear honey x

  2. says

    I’d love to pick up a new technique for hummus. I personally dislike cooked carrots. But everything I actually have ever made on this site has been delicious, so once the New Year’s feast leftovers are given out, I’ll just do this.

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