It might seem strange that I should be on a diet whilst at the same time protest to love my food but I find that the knowledge that I am to be weighed once a week enough to maintain a healthy weight and really my goal isn't to shed the pounds but to stay where I am.
There are a variety of ways to help you to lose weight or simply gain a healthy attitude towards food and weight watchers have got it right when they talk about 'filling foods'. A great way to fill up before a meal is to have some soup beforehand. It can fill you up to the point where you can cope with a moderately sized portion as opposed to a gigantic portion fit for the BFG.
I also use these soups during the week as a lunch. Each one has a low calorie content but if you were to add cream to make them slightly creamier it will up the calorie content significantly.
I'll start with this Mediterranean chunky vegetable soup, its unbelievably simple but then again its tasty so thats all that matters.
Serves 4 for lunch
1 small swede diced
1 red pepper diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 jar of passata
400ml chicken stock
a handful of green beans chopped
1/2 red chili, chopped finely
tomato puree, 1 tablespoon
salt and pepper to taste
1. Put the ingredients into a large saucepan and then cover with the liquid and allow to come up to the boil. Then reduce to a medium heat so that the liquid can simmer gently. Cook for 25 minutes or until the swede is very soft.
2. If you wanted you could blend the soup at this point but I like the chunkiness of the soup as it is, finish with the tomato puree.