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.