All posts tagged: warming

Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup

It’s still winter here in Melbourne and although a little sunshine is appearing this week, as the cold night air sets in, I’m still looking for comfort food and this hearty winter soup, certainly fit the bill. It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and super quick to make. Ticks all round!   Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup Print Recipe It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and quick to make. Ticks all round! CourseMain Dish CuisineSoup Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup Print Recipe It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and quick to make. Ticks all round! CourseMain Dish CuisineSoup Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook …

Cauliflower and Celeriac Soup

Have I told you just how much I love cauliflower? Well, I love cauliflower very, very much….so much so my 9 year old daughter ask me the other day, “Mummy if you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?” Well, if I could, my darling, perhaps I would!! We all have our favourite vegetable, I have many but Cauli is most certainly on the top of the list. It is botanically, a member in the cruciferous or brassicaceae family of vegetables and  nutritionally contains dietary fibre, several anti-cancer phyto-chemicals, Vitamin C, good amounts of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as folates, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3) as well as vitamin K, manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium. No wonder I love it so much!   Celeriac is one  vegetable that many may never have cooked with or even know of it’s existence. I like to cook with it and add it into things like soups, stews and mash, giving it a different flavour and nutritional profile. It is also, a change …

5 ways to ‘healthy swap’ this winter to help with your waistline!

It certainly is getting chilly out there this winter and I for one am not a big fan. We have 4 seasons in a year, 3 of which I love but winter, well I don’t know about you but I just get over it very quickly and start fantasizing ( even planning) warm  beach holidays. The one thing that I do look forward to in winter is warming comfort food. I think of soups, stews, curries, slow cooked braises and warming drinks. But some of these comfort foods, along with the desire to lounge around more and hibernate can not be so great for the waistline. You can make a few switches in your diet, to help swap out the not so great for the waistline to sailing through the season feeling and looking good. Here is my list of 5 great healthy swaps that will keep you satisfied and give you that feeling of comfort without the guilt and perhaps that ‘muffin top’! Switch white potatoes to sweet potatoes-  Sweet potatoes are higher in fibre, vitamin A and C, contain fewer calories …

Chicken, Sweet Corn and Noodle Soup…with hidden veg!

The last few days I have felt on the edge of a niggly cold. So one of the first things I always do, when that feeling hits it cook up a big pot of chicken and vegetable soup. This one, I added lots of vegetables, but blitzed it up, not to disguise them, as my family love their vegetables but to create a more creamy texture. But If you have kids who turn their noses up at anything that resembles a vegetable, then this soup would work for you. With any soup, the stock is always the essential ingredient. I often have my slow cooker on, loaded up with chicken bones, bubbling away for hours. Then I store it in containers, placed in the freezer, ready to be used for soups, braises or any sauces and dishes that needs flavouring. Why do I make my own and not from a packet? I know we are all so busy these days and its often easier to grab a packet, but if there is one thing I never skimp on, its …