Friday, April 20, 2012

Homo Soupiens


The other day, I mentioned soups for lunch. I have always found, when on a diet, I turn to soups. In fact, I turn into a veritable Homo Soupiens! (Remember, you read it here first!).
Most soups, even in restaurants, are low cal (by comparison), but give you that warm, comfort food feeling that salad just can't deliver. (And salads, other than home assembled ones, are, as you will know, great deceivers in terms of calories/fat content...)

This recipe for a red pepper and lime soup came from a very dear friend of mine, and in her collection it comes under the heading "Recovery Recipes". It is my absolute favourite, and it really does make the spring return to your step!


RED PEPPER & LIME SOUP

(4 portions)

4 large red peppers, de-seeded and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
At least 1 clove of garlic, choped
1 teaspoon of oil
grated zest and juice of 1 lime
1.5 pints of stock, hot
Chilli sauce to taste
Salt & pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, fry onion, garlic, and peppers till soft
Add all other ingredients, with HALF the stock (this means yuou only have to use the food-processor/liquidiser once)
Simmer for for 15 min
Cool briefly and puree until smooth
Return to pan, add rest of stock, return to heat until just about to boil

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