soup du jour

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imagesAccording to the weather experts we are heading into a cold snap, so what better food to keep you warm and cosy than a lovely bowl of soup.  This is probably the quickest and simplest soup I know and with the added benefit of only 170 calories.  It also counts as one of your 5-a-day.   What’s not to love!

The soup has come from my collection of 5-2 fast diet recipes so there is a non fast day alternative you can add when you are eating on your 5 days. For more 5:2 recipes go to Extract from my 5-2-meal planner

Peas are a good source of vitamin B1 (thiamin), a powerful mood influencer. Too little leads to irritability and depression. If you drink, tuck into peas regularly, as alcohol rapidly depletes vitamin B1 levels.

For more great soup recipes click on theses links Demystifying soup and Leek and potato soup

Quick pea and mint soup – serves 1, 170 calories

images1 ½ cups frozen peas, thawed

1 ¼ cups of stock made with ½ tsp vegetable bouillon

Pinch of salt and pepper

1 tsp mint sauce or handful of fresh mint (10g), chopped

Place the peas in a pan with the stock and cook for 5-10 minutes. Use a hand blender to make into a smooth and velvety texture. Add the mint, taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.

Serve in warmed bowls

Non-fast day alternatives

Add 2 rashers of very crispy grilled streaky bacon, broken into pieces – 90 calories

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