A Simple and Elegant Watercress Soup for the 5:2 Diet:
Watercress is a brilliant ingredient for soups and this low calorie watercress soup is a great addition to any diet recipe collection. The stalks in particular have a lovely peppery taste, though they can be just a little stringy. Some recipes suggest using just the leaves, but as a bunch of watercress can cost almost £2.00, throwing away the bit with the best flavour seems a crime to me.
The trick is to cook down the stalks and then, if you are in the least bit worried that they are tough, blitz and sieve the mixture before adding the more delicate leaves just before the cooking is over. Now, while I haven’t posted a new 5:2 diet recipe for a while I thought this one was well worth sharing. It is the result of an invitation from Philadelphia Cheese to share some of my favourite dishes made with their product. You may remember it has featured on a number of occasions, one of my favourite summer lunches is made with tomato, a little fresh basil peter’s yard crackers and Philadelphia Lightest
I have a lovely old recipe for watercress soup that was contributed to the Food Aid cookbook by Diana, Princess of Wales. She bases her soup on a flour roux and also uses potato to thicken the mixture. For me, that now seems a little unnecessary, I prefer adding a generous dollop of creaminess with Philadelphia Cheese. The ‘Lighest’ is perfect for 5:2 fast days with just 15 calories in a level tablespoon. Delicious.
Adding in a quail egg at the end is my nod to what I think the perfect watercress soup SHOULD be. I am not an egg lover, but I do like the visual appearance of watercress soup with a poached egg added. My compromise here was to add in a chopped hard-boiled quail egg to each bowl of soup. Actually I did like it and if I can ever master the art of poaching a quail egg, I will be trying just that.
What I haven’t managed to do is to get the egg to look pretty. If I’m brutally honest, it sank…and despite stirring I couldn’t get one of those beautifully artistic food blogger photos. Just as well I am not really a recipe writer!
At around 60 calories a bowl, this is a great 5:2 diet recipe. The protein in the egg and cheese will help keep you feeling full for longer and the watercress is packed full of vitamins and minerals.
Disclaimer: I received supermarket vouchers from Philadelphia in order to test and develop this and other recipes. I was not required to write a favourable review about the product and all views are my own