Spicy carrot and lentil soup

Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup


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There's nothing much more comforting on a cold day than a big bowl of hot soup. If you needed any more convincing, soup is really simple to make, cheap and an easy way to eat lots of healthy vegetables in one meal.

In the interest of saving as much money as possible, I am looking at healthy meals that won't break the bank. Lentils are the ideal budget ingredient, especially if you buy them in bulk, and are low in fat and a good source of protein and fibre. As well as being a great ingredient in soups, lentils are a great way to bulk out meat dishes like shepherd's pie – saving you money and also lower the fat content of the dish.

This soup is very low in calories, making it a fantastic snack, but to make it into more of a meal, serve it with some freshly baked bread or for an indulgent twist, try sprinkling a little cheese on top.

Place a tablespoon of olive in a large pan and place over a medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for 2 minutes or until tender and translucent
Add the diced carrots and lentils to the pan and cook for a further 30 seconds
Stir in the remaining soup ingredients and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. If it starts to look a little thick, add a little more water to thin it down as required
Once cooked, blend the soup until smooth using a hand blender or food processor. Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a sprinkle of chopped parsley
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