It's time to share some rather amazing soups and salads for No Croutons Required. A bumper batch this month and I can't wait to share them with you. We start with this glorious soup from Elizabeth. She's a woman after my own heart and makes many a soup by looking to see what she has in the fridge. She finished it off with a rather special spinach pesto. She's rocking this soup!
Recipe: Chunky Vegetable Soup with Spinach-Cashew Pesto
Blog: Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary
Recipe: Lentil and Green Vegetable SoupChef: Cate
Blog: A Travelling Cook
Cate has been in a soup vibe all winter. Making big batches then freezing them in portions to have for lunch. Such a great thing to do and such a delicious and healthy lunch. Lots of lovely greens in this one too.
Recipe: Pasta Fagioli Soup with Barley
Blog: Healthy Eats For All
This was one of the first Italian soups Manpreet tried when she arrived in the US and she instantly loved it and had to make it herself and when better than when it's so icy cold outside. A colourful bowl of yumminess!
Recipe: Swede, Carrot and Pea SoupChef: Helen
Blog: Roast Chicken and A Country Walk
Helen is lucky enough to go home for lunch each day. I know this sounds great, but I don't think I could do it. I would end up doing housework and not relaxing at all and I would definitely not be in the mood to go back to work. Helen kept this one simple and added a swirl of creme fraiche swirl and sprinkling of chilli. Nice finishing touches Helen.
Recipe: Supergreens SoupChef: Laura
Blog: How to Cook Good Food
Like the rest of us Laura is totally in love with her Froothie power blender. She's been making a lot of green smoothies, but this time she decided to make a green soup. She found that gently blanching the vegetables before blending gives a better flavour. Just look at that colour! Don't you just want to dive in?
Recipe: Lentil and Vegetable SoupChef: Janice
Blog: Farmersgirl Kitchen
Janice is a bit like me and usually uses red lentils in her soups. It's a good Scottish staple, but this time she used green lentils and it was utterly delicious. It looks darn good! Janice jooshed the flavour up with a Knorr flavour pot as well as vegetable stock! That's my kind of soup Janice!
Helen loves soup but unfortunately her other half doesn't, so when he takes a trip away, she is straight on it getting the soup pot out. Helen made this slow cooked soup extra special with a topping of cheese brulee. How did she do it? Why a blowtorch of course! Go girl!
Blog: Jen's Food
Jen has had a redesign, you make know her from Blue Kitchen Bakes. Her blog is now Jen's Food, so do go over and say hi. Now the soup. Perfect in my mind, lentils, vegetables and millet, spiced up. I am pleased to see she spiced it herself rather than falling into the trap of using generic curry powder, which never tastes as good. Poor Jen has a stinking cold, so I'm hoping this soup helped. I'm sure it did!
Recipe: Roasted Carrot and Leek SoupChef: Sarah
Blog: Tales from the Kitchen Shed
Sarah is just like Elizabeth and I and likes to use up those veggies. What better way than to make a stunning soup like this? Sarah roasted her vegetables first to give them a bit more flavour. The soup didn't stand a chance and there wasn't much left, so Sarah eked it out by adding some soup and said that was delicious too.
Blog: The Taste Space
I have to let Jen describe this soup as she did it so well. "The coconut-infused broth is silky smooth with spicy hints of sriracha and ginger, balanced by the lime juice and cilantro and packed with good-for-you veggies like sweet potato and cabbage." Oh yes please Janet. I can just imaging Janet curled up all cozy enjoying a bowlful of this while the snow drifted down outside. Gorgeous!
Recipe: Warms You Up Mushroom Farro SoupChef: Dena
Blog: Oh! You Cook!
Oh now Dena had me at mushrooms, but she also adds farro and for those of you who haven't tried it, she describes it as being like barley, but with pleasant chewiness. Oh yes, I'll have a big bowl of that!
Blog: Allotment 2 Kitchen
Yes, you heard me right chocolate. Actually I add cocoa to my chilli, it gives it a really rich flavour and just dampens down the tomato. There's also beetroot and black turtle beans in this chilli. Doesn't it sound fab? I love the heart shaped beetroot decorations too. Nice touch Shaheen!
Blog: Chardonnay & Samphire
Jen dreamed about this soup on her way to work. Its not flavours I tend to use in soup, I'm not sure why. I love the colour of it and would love to try this combination and adding buckwheat was a great idea. Nice entry Jen!
Recipe: Lily’s Noodle Soup
Blog: View from the Table
This dish is for Sarah's daughter Lily who loves salty, mustardy, tangy flavours like mustard and salad dressing and soy sauce. The complete opposite of her other daughter in fact who has a very sweet tooth. Sarah suspects her daughter loves this so much as it's a vehicle for her soy sauce. Head over there for the secret of perfectly and flavoursome tofu that won't go soggy.
Blog: Green Gourmet Giraffe
I love vegan mayo, its so good and not claggy like ordinary mayo can be. I quite like herbs in mine too. Johanna made her own mayo for this mouthwatering potato salad. Oh potato salad how I love thee. Let me tell you the ways. Yum yum!
Blog: Food to Glow
Last, but most definitely not least, is this amazing noodle dish from Kellie over at Food to Glow. Kellie made this to celebrate Chinese New Year and I have my eye on it. I know Graham is just going to love it! "A soupy, slurpy mix of spiralised vegetable noodles, wheat or rice noodles, fragrant aromatics and heart-healthy tofu and cashews." Slurp indeed!
And that's the end of one amazing round of No Croutons Required. Thanks to everyone for their wonderful and inspiring recipes. My turn is over and I now hand the baton to my good friend Lisa over at Lisa's Kitchen who will be hosting the March challenge.