5:2 Diet Recipe Warming Curried Parsnip Soup:
I didn’t plan to write this recipe out nor was I doing a 5:2 diet fast day when I made it, but when I was busy eating it yesterday for lunch and tweeting (yes I know…it’s sad!) three people asked me how I made it. And then I added up the calories and realised it would work fine as a 5:2 diet recipe and was very filling and warming. But, you know it’s one of those recipes that I probably do a bit differently each time. Sometimes I’m lazy and use curry powder or left over curry paste. Other times I make up my own spice mix with ground cumin, coriander, tumeric and chilli and add fresh ginger and garlic. If I happen to have a cooking apple, I add it in – it makes the consistency of the soup lighter and adds a special tang. If I don’t have a spare potato, I use rice.
This isn’t clever cooking, it’s about using what is in the store cupboard.
Curried Parsnip Soup is one of those lovely warming, gloopy winter soups that works well at filling you up. If you use low fat creme fraiche, it’s around 120 calories for a big bowlful, because parsnips are relatively high in calories (about 75 per 100g). But, it will make you feel very full, thanks to the high fibre content, and it is high in vitamins and minerals too. And the curry spices are supposed to improve your metabolism and help you burn fat faster! I don’t make it just for dieting, it’s something to enjoy all through the winter, with chunks of home made bread and strong cheddar as a kind of winter ploughmans. Anyway, since I was asked, here’s the way I make it.
Now, if someone could organise a country walk, a good log fire and a perhaps a game of scrabble…