21 January 2017

Easy Broccoli and Spinach Soup (5:2 Diet)



Sometimes I crave something green. I think it's my body telling me I'm lacking something in my diet. I really do believe our body tells us what we need, if we care to listen.

The green in this case is a luxurious broccoli and spinach soup.

It's the simplest thing to make and rather frugal too if you're watching your pennies this month. I know I am, especially with a tax return coming up. EEK!


An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 calories and 38p per serving.


Now my boys weren't overly keen. I think they go on high alert if anything is green. Cooper instantly decided he wouldn't like it, but with a bit of persuasion he ate most of the bowl. Graham ate two bowls of soup and said it was good but not his favourite. See what I mean?

I thought it was heavenly and just what I needed.
An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 calories and 38p per serving.


There are 4 ways to eat this gloriously green soup:

  1. Plain for a pure green hit.
  2. With a swirl of cream (or soya cream) for a touch of luxury.
  3. Topped with grated cheddar (or vegan cheddar).
  4. With a glug of cream and some grated cheese, BOOYAH!
I have to admit I love it with a slosh of cream and some grated cheese. Oh my it's good and feels slightly wicked.

Come to me my lovely!

An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 calories and 38p per serving.


This soup is definitely healthy. My body is very wise when I choose to listen to it.

Easy Broccoli and Spinach Soup
  • Low in saturated fat
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in manganese
  • High in potassium
  • High in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin B6
  • Very high in vitamin C

Of course I did add to these calories by adding a grating of cheese and a splosh of cream, even if it was dairy free, but look at all those vitamins and minerals. 

Without the toppings this soup makes a great meal for the 5:2 diet. It will fill you up and leave you with enough calories left for dinner.

So if you're feeling a bit under the weather, if you have a cold or your body is just telling you that you need something green, then this is the soup for you.

This pot of soup costs just £2.30, that's just 38p per portion.


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An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 claories and 38p per serving. www.tinnedtomatoes.com
Easy Broccoli and Spinach Soup
An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 calories and 38p per serving.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • ½ courgette, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped
  • large handful spinach
  • 2 heads broccoli, broken into florets
  • 1 ½ litre vegetable stock (4 stock cubes), add more water if required
  • a good grinding salt and black pepper
Instructions
1. Saute the onion, garlic and celery in a large pot with the olive oil until soft.2. Add the courgette, potatoes, spinach and broccoli.3. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes.4. Blend with a hand blender or in a stand blender then season and serve.5. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 6






If you are looking for another frugal and healthy soup that's easy to make, try my Fridge Lentil Soup. Only 35p per serving.

34 comments:

  1. I love spinach and this looks really lovely and fresh!

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  2. oh I need this - haven't had enough greens lately - we had curry the other night and stuck a handful of spinach on top of it when we heated it because I needed greens! and love your photo

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    1. That's a good way to do it Johanna. I always have a bag of spinach or kale in the fridge and it's so easy to throw some into soups, stews, pasta and smoothies.

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  3. The soup looks great. With the weather being cold, I love having soup with crusty bread. Spinach and broccoli sound so healthy too.

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    1. Oh yes me too. The perfect winter comfort food. A hub in a bowl :)

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  4. This looks delicious.thank u.

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  5. Such a delicious sounding soup! I'm trying to slim at the moment (how is it that I can put on SO much weight so fast when I stop exercising?!) so this recipe sounds right up my street.

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    1. Oh boy it is so easy Elizabeth, especially in the winter when our bodies are telling us to fuel up for the cold weather. I hope you enjoy the soup.

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  6. I love broccoli soup and this looks seriously delicious!

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  7. What a gorgeous sounding soup. I just love that bright green colour.

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  8. It looks fresh and delicious, love that colour.

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  9. You're absolutely right, our bodies tell us what we need (shame mine sometimes insists on chocolate) and I'm after green but comfort at the moment, this would really hit the spot!

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    1. Haha yes, but at least if it's dark chocolate .......

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  10. Perfect way to pack in all the greens!

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  11. Nice! Top with some cream and serve with croutons. A good meal for me, I like creamy soup, simple and healthy. :)

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  12. I love spinach cooked in almost every way. This looks delicious especially with a little splodge of cream and a sprinkle of cheese. GG

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    1. It's so good isn't it and yes cream and cheese do add a touch of luxury. I recommend it, dairy or dairy free!

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  13. This green soup is super healthy and gorgeous looking and I love the presentation! I would definitely have it with a touch of cream or yogurt perhaps, to keep it low fat:) Thanks again for featuring my tofu dish:)

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    1. Yes it does improve with a touch of cream, although yoghurt is good too!

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  14. I love soup! The more, the merrier! Plus, it looks super healthy too. Thanks for the recipe :)

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  15. Beautiful colours, so fresh and vibrant

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  16. This looks beautiful Jac. Healthy green soups are so good, but I think I might have to follow your lead and add a little cheese and cream ;)

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    1. Yes they are definitely amazing with a spot of cream and some cheese, be it veggie or vegan!

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