24 October 2013

Blended Soups for No Croutons Required

This month I challenged my readers to make blended veggies soups for No Croutons Required. 
It proved to be a popular topic and I have 17 colourful and droolworthy soups to share with you.
I usually enjoy a chunky soup, in fact some of my soups are more likes stews, but I have to say, I really enjoyed the blended soup I made and I'm looking forward to try some of these entries too.

No Croutons Required
October 2013
Blended Soups



Chef: Louise
Location: Cotswolds, England, UK

Louise is watching her weight, so she shared with us this low calories coup that is only 1Weight Watchers ProPoint per serving. Sounds good to me and it looks like a gloriously rich and flavourful soup.
I'm new to Louise's blog and had a wonderful time looking around. She is a temptress with the most beautiful photographs. A great find!





Chef: Tina
Location: London, England, UK

Tina tackled the peeling and chopping of a squash, which is never quick or easy, but she decided it was well worth it for this comforting bowl of soup. I agree with her totally and I love that bowl.



Chef: Claire
Location: UK

I have to admit I wasn't sure what flavour this soup would be, the name didn't give me any clues. It probably should have, but no. Hominy consists of dried maize kernels which have been treated with an alkali in a process called nixtamalization and are used in Mexican cooking. Claire thinks it tastes like corn tortillas. This intriguing soup also contains roasted peppers, spices and coconut milk.

Do pop over to Chez Cayenne, Claire has had a re-design and her blog is looking tip top!


Chef: Janet
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Another intriguing soup, this time a soup Janet made especially to take along to a potluck. In case you don't know, a potluck is a gathering of friends, who all take along a dish.

Yams or sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots make the base of this soup along with lots of delicious spices.



Chef: Bintu
Location: UK

As the dark nights draw in, Bintu gets here soup post out as many of us do. For this challenge she has made us a creamy butternut squash soup spiced with cardamon and ginger,

It looks truly scrumptious Bintu!








Chef: Louisa
Location: Herefordshire, England, UK

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Isn't that the most gorgeous photo O Louisa's children helping with and getting stuck into the soup?

A traditional leek and potato soup brought bang up to date with the substitution of sweet potatoes. The soup is given a creamy finish with creme fraiche. Thanks for the lettuce knife tip Louisa, I shall be buying one for Cooper.

Louisa submitted a second soup, but Lisa and I only accept one per blogger, so I shall just add a quick link. Please feel free to visit Eat Your Veg to see the Roasted Roots Soup.




Chef: Laura
Location: Reading, England, UK

Laura had a wonderful week and this soup finished it off beautifully. A healthy and low calorie soup that is packed with the flavour of courgette and basil, finished off with some semi-skimmed milk. Such a glorious colour too!







Chef: Annie
Location: Kuching, Malaysia

This is another new blog for me. It's this the best part of challenges, all the lovely new bloggers you get to meet?
Anyway, back to the soup. The quality of the tomatoes really makes the difference in this soup. I wish we had such superior quality heirloom tomatoes here in the UK, but more often than not tomatoes are rather disappointing. Tomatoes, white bread and cucumbers are the base for this fresh, inviting soup. Best served chilled!

Chef: Vohn
Location: Scotland, UK

Vohn has made us this magnificently green soup from local produce. She wanted to use up some of the last of the season's courgettes. The flavour is given a good zing from the addition of mint. What a fabulous idea!





Chef: Jacqueline
Location: Dundee, Scotland, UK

This is my entry for this month's challenge. It comes from a recipe card provided by the Scottish Government to encourage people to eat in season.

It was a real winner, with such a lot of flavour and even better, I worked out that it is just 119 calories  and 31p per serving.




Chef: Johanna
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Johanna was not sure about using lettuce in this salad, but after trying it she was converted. It's such a great way off using it up before it ends up in the bin. I sometimes do this too, as I hate throwing out salad leaves. Doesn't Johanna's soup look gorgeous. Such a vibrant colour.

Chef: Jen
Location: UK

Jen has embraced Autumn with this carrot soup that is given a creamy finish with some red lentils. She flavoured her soup with  some dhana jiru spice blend which she makes herself.
A perfect seasonal soup!






Chef: Lisa
Blog: Lisa's Kitchen
Location: UK


The next soup up is by my lovely friend and co-host Lisa. Lisa was inspired to make this soup after looking through her new copy of Great Homemade Soups: A Cook's Collection. She adapted the soup and added some toor dal to make it satisfyingly filling. Lisa has a copy of the book to giveaway, so if you are a reader from the US or Canada, do pop over and enter



Chef: Caroline
Location: London, England, UK


As you can see pumpkins and squash are popular this month. I think we all get so excited when Autumn turns and we see the pumpkins in all their bright coloured glory. Caroline too advantage of some seasonal squash and made this glorious creamy soup.

 Recipe: Pumpkin, Apple and Sage Soup

Chef: Laura
Blog: Knead Whine
Location: Reading, England, UK

Laura decided to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon, her words and not mine. I think she has done something pretty special actually. What an awesome pairing of flavours! And....... low fat too! Win/Win!

Gorgeous soup Laura!

ps Laura also got overexcited and submitted two soups. You can pop over to her blog to have a look at her Quick Secret Ingredient Soup.


Recipe: Fridge Bottom Soup

Chef: Sarah
Blog: Dinner with Crayons
Location: London, England, UK

Sarah is such a good girl! We could all learn from her. She actually does an inspection of what she has left in the fridge and tries to use it up before doing her weekly shop. I am more likely to start of with a plan, then it goes to pot and not a soup pot. I forget what I have in the fridge and then buy what I fancy. I bow down to your superior knowledge Sarah and I think your soup looks brilliant!


Recipe: Creamy Chickpea Soup

Chef: Curry Leaf
Blog: Experiments, Emotions, Experience with Food
Location: India

Also named easy lazy soup. This one is very easy to make. Onion, garlic and chickpeas spiced with cumin and coriander. Puree for a smooth finish.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm!



Recipe: Sweet Potato, Lime & Ginger Soup

Chef: Elizabeth
Blog: Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary
Location: Scotland, UK

Elizabeth served up this mashed sweet potatoes as part of her Thanksgiving meal and used the leftovers to create this beautiful soup. A rich soup full of garlic, ginger and coconut milk. It sounds glorious!




What a roundup! I think you will agree it was one of the best for a while. How to choose a favourite? And that is exactly what I want you to do. Use the voting poll and vote for the soup that you love the most. The winner will be announced at the end of the month and will receive a winner's badge for their blog.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for your lovely comment! I'm smitten by Lisa's pumpkin and split lentil soup :-)

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  2. Oops - is it only one entry? Think I sneaked in three actually!

    I vote for the butternut squash and coconut one.

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    1. So you did. Sneaky! Serves me right for doing the roundup over three days.

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  3. Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm particularly taken by Bintu's roasted butternut squash and coconut soup. Love adding a little coconut to soups to make them creamy and a touch sweet :)

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  4. A lovely collection of autumn soups! Thank you for including mine even though I was late entering, much appreciated xx

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  5. I do like them all,but I know its only one vote, so its going to Johanna. I've had lettuce and pea soup a long while back and enjoyed it, so know that is the one I would like to tuck into now.

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  6. Beautiful roundup Jac. I don't know how to choose. They all look and sound wonderful.

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  7. yep choosing a favourite is tough - I love blended soups and was reading this thinking I'll have a bowl of this and a bowl of that and that one too thanks. And the only thing I find difficult with blended soup is photographing it - so I love looking at the different styles of photos here too.

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  8. These all look wonderful. My blender has gone to the big junk yard in the sky and I'm have having trouble choosing a new one. I didn't realise how much I used it until I didn't have it any more! Vohn x

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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