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Tomato & quinoa soup

A tasty, healthy and filling soup recipe which makes a great warming lunch. 

Serves 6

  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp reduced-salt vegetable stock powder
  • 1.5tbsp thick balsamic vinegar
  • 3tbsp shredded fresh basil
  • 80g quinoa
  • 1tbsp shredded fresh mint
  • 1tbsp shredded fresh flatleaf parsley
  • 6 thin slices granary bread, toasted, to serve
  1. Put a large pan over a medium-high heat, then add the tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic and oregano. Mix the stock with 1ltr boiling water in a jug, then add to the pan along with the vinegar and half the basil. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 min until the soup thickens.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in a medium pan according to the pack instructions. Drain.
  3. Take the soup off the heat and purée with a stick blender (or leave to cool slightly and whiz in a food processor). Stir the quinoa into the soup with most of the remaining basil, the mint and parsley.
  4. Garnish with the remaining basil and a grind of pepper, then serve with the toast.
Nutrition

Breakfast oat pancakes

A client recently shared their healthier breakfast pancake recipe with me this week and I thought I’d share for all to enjoy over the weekend!

Serves 2

100ml skimmed milk

1 tsp sugar

80g oats (blitzed to a power)

1 egg yolk

2 egg whites – whipped until fluffy

Banana mashed / fresh berries

Natural / Greek yoghurt

 

Method

Blitz the oats until they resemble a powder.

Whip the two egg whites until thick and fluffy.

In a separate bowl combine the powdered oats with the remaining ingredients, fold in the egg whites.

Heat a large non-stick pan and mist with spray oil, add spoonfuls of the mixture to make small pancakes, turn halfway through cooking.

Serve topped with mashed banana or fresh berries such as raspberries and strawberries and a dollop of Greek yoghurt.

Enjoy!