Happy New Year!
Here is a great recipe if you are taking on Body Wise boot camp this week. It only takes 5 minutes to whip together if you roast your garlic and pepper the day before and has a full serving of legumes per serving. How much is a serving? Technically the recipe makes 6, but you aren’t on a diet. We encourage you to limit your servings of cheese and nuts to one serving per day, but eat as much vegetables and legumes as you need to be satisfied. Start with one serving of soup but have another if you are still hungry.
Remember that you should never feel like you are starving on boot camp. If you don’t feel like you could survive for years on the amount of food you are eating, you need to eat more. We are practicing good food choices, not excessive calorie restriction.
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
When I get home from shopping, I throw the following into the oven for an hour at 350 degrees to roast while I put the rest of the groceries away:
3 or 4 red peppers (seeds removed, skins rubbed in olive oil)
1 bulb garlic (top cut off, drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil (1/4 teaspoon), then wrapped in foil
At the end of the hour, I let them cool a little, then throw them in a ziploc bag and let them sit in the fridge until the next day. The skins will be easy to remove after cooling and sitting in a sealed bag.
1 bulb roasted garlic (cloves removed from paper)
3 or 4 roasted red peppers (skins removed)
1 litre (pint) organic vegetable stock
2 cans white beans (kidney or navy), 19 oz each, rinsed
1/2 cup red onion
1 tbsp WHOLE fennel seeds
salt to taste
1. Add garlic, red peppers, vegetable stock and 2 cans of beans to a pot.
2. In a small fry pan, stir fry the onions until clear and well done. Add to soup.
3. While fry pan is still hot, add fennel seeds and heat through for 1 – 2 minutes until they are fragrant. Add to soup
4. Whiz the ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth. Delicious!
If you like garnishes you could add a touch of plain yogurt and a super thin lemon wheel or a sprinkle of cilantro…