A winter-warmer I’ve been eating at any given opportunity. Although the recipe seems like a very basic vegetable soup, the herbs and spices all have their nutritional place.
I deliberately don’t add the ‘protein of choice’ until the end. You can portion up the soup and freeze for quick, filling lunches. By adding your protein just before serving, you can ring the changes and have a different lunch each time; simply re-heat the soup-stew and stir in. We still have air-dried ham leftover from Christmas which I diced up to use for the picture. You can of course use a mixture of several proteins. I hope you will experiment and see how adaptable this soup is!
1 litre stock chicken, beef or vegetable stock or if you have some, bone broth.
1 tbsp. coconut oil
240g carrots, peeled and diced
220g parsnips, peeled and diced
Thyme, 5 sprigs
440g potato, peeled and diced (all rounders, such as Desiree)
2 tomatoes, each cut into 8
3 sage leaves, shredded
½ tsp. ground black pepper
¼ tsp. sea salt flakes
3 sage leaves shredded
½ tsp. turmeric
Very large handful of curly leaf parsley finely chopped (30g of leaves)
The following measures are given per person. Add to heat through, before serving.
70g chopped, cooked chicken, beef, ham, turkey or pork
46g well rinsed, canned lentils
42g well rinsed, canned chickpeas
40g air-dried ham
Warm the coconut oil in a large pan over a medium high heat. Add the carrots, parsnips and thyme sprigs, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, sage, turmeric, pepper and salt before cooking and stirring for a further 2 minutes, making sure it doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan. Stir in stock, cover and bring to the boil before turning down to a simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the woody thyme stalks. The soup will be cooked now but if it needs to stand for a while, it won’t harm, the flavours will simply mellow together.
If you are freezing this, stir in the parsley and cool fully before portioning it up. If you are serving now, add your chosen protein to heat through and stir in the parsley at the last minute.
Parsnip - Eat freely and according to appetite – suggested serving 62g.
Carrot – Eat freely and according to appetite – suggested serving 61g.
Potato - Eat freely and according to appetite – suggested serving 122g.
Tomato – Common, eat freely and according to appetite – suggested serving 119g.
Canned chickpeas – 42g
Canned lentils – 46g
Meat is high in protein and does not contain carbohydrates. Check ingredients of processed meats for high-FODMAP ingredients.