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Celeriac and Sweet Potato Soup – a 5:2 Diet recipe:
You know, I keep promising I won’t make more 5:2 diet recipe soups. And then, I try to work out what I want to eat on my 5:2 diet fast days – and I keep coming back to soup. Luckily there are an infinite number of variations on the theme. This time, I was simply using up vegetables that were lurking in the fridge. A sweet potato and a piece of celeriac that had been marked down to 30p!
It’s a very simple soup – and I was suprised at how tasty and rich it was. The combination of sweet potato and celeriac makes a naturally thick and creamy soup without the addition of any milk or cream. It’s lovely just as it is, or with a spoon of creme fraiche. But for a change, and because I had a slice of pancetta left over in the fridge, I garnished the finished dish with a bit of crumbled crispy pancetta. You could use bacon instead. Or, if you want to keep the dish vegggie, then a garnish of some crisp croutons or a little caramelised onion would be perfect.
- 100 g Sweet Potato peeled and cubed
- 200 g Celeriac peeled and cubed
- 600 ml Vegetable stock I used Knorr touch of taste
- 1 thin slice Pancetta grilled or dry fried till crispy
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the cubes of celeriac and sweet potato in lightly salted water till tender
- Drain and mash roughly
- Stir through the vegetable stock (nb. use the water from boiling the vegetables for extra flavour)
- Zap with a hand blender and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as required
- Serve garnished with the pancetta crisps - or with croutons for a vegetarian option
This soup without garnish is around 85 calories per serving. Obviously the final calorie count will depend on what you use but half a slice of dry fried pancetta will be around 20 calories. And, it adds just a little protein to the dish, helping to make it keep you feeling full for longer.
So, a perfect 5:2 diet fast day lunch.