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Recipe: Sweet Potato and Sweetcorn Soup

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On our bank holiday day out to Skipton in the typical English bank holiday weather of drizzle, drizzle and more drizzle, we escaped the rain into WH Smiths for a while. I was browsing through the cook books and I saw the Biggest Loser cookbook (linked in to the TV programme). The TV programme is kind of a guilty pleasure for me, and the book seemed to have some good recipes in, so I thought I’d buy it. At £13 it wasn’t that bad, until I noticed a discount sticker knocking it down to £6.50. Then it scanned through the till at a fiver, which made my day!

My first recipe to try is for my lunches at work this week, a sweet potato and sweetcorn soup. The quantity of sweet potato didn’t seem like much (one medium/small potato), but when blended up, it made a lovely thick consistency. It doesn’t look that appetising in colour, but it sure is tasty! I think it would be easy to vary the spices too, swap the chilli for curry flavourings to make a completely different soup.

Sweet Potato and Sweetcorn Soup

(Serves 3)
Ingredients:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Half a small red chilli, very finely chopped (optional, but tasty)
1 medium sweet potato (about 250g), peeled and chopped into small chunks
700ml vegetable stock (I used one Knorr Vegetable stock pot)
1 can of sweetcorn (mine was 260g drained weight)
Salt and black pepper to taste

Method
1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Fry the onions for about 5 minutes (until softened), making sure to stir so it doesn’t stick. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for another minute or so.

2. Add the sweet potato and stir the pieces in the onion mixture. Add enough stock to cover the vegetables and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Add the sweetcorn and the remaining stock and cook for a further 5 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft.

4. Add a little salt and pepper (to taste), then whizz in a food processor until smooth.

Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories: 200
Carbs: 33g
Fat: 6g
Protein: 5g
Sugar: 9g
Fibre: 7g

HM2014 – 13th May

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Yesterday was not such a great day at work, but a great day diet-wise. My day started off with my usual walk around a very sunny Yeadon Tarn, which definitely woke me up! After having a meeting that ran halfway over lunch and then coming out of the meeting to torrential rain, I decided to skip the lunchtime walk in favour of being dry for the afternoon. So after work I went up to Golden Acre for my nightly walk. It stayed dry, but the grey clouds looked very ominous, so I walked quickly to avoid any potential rain!

After my walk, it was a quick trip to Morrisons to get ingredients for my lunches for the next week, which I then spent the next hour cooking. It’s basically the same sausage and vegetable pasta bake as last time, but with a curry sauce instead of tomato to change it up a bit. It smelt delicious, but I’d already had my shake so I couldn’t eat any, so let’s hope it tastes delicious today!

HM2014 – 29th April

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Well after one day, it seems to be going okay. I’ve realised that I definitely prefer the chocolate shakes to the vanilla ones, but I have three tubs of each so I’ll have to chop and change until they’re all finished – definitely chocolate all the way after that though! I expected to be hungry mid morning and late evening, but surprisingly I wasn’t, the shakes filled me up more than I thought they would!

You may have seen the recipe I posted yesterday, but I spent a good hour last night batch-cooking a big sausage and vegetable pasta bake which will be my lunch for the next 6 days. It smelt so good while it was cooking, but I’d already had my chocolate shake for tea so I was good and only had a button mushroom to taste the sauce, and the rest was portioned away and frozen.

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I’m actually excited for my lunch now, so much better than a Morrison’s ready meal; much less sugar and salt, plus I love cooking, so that’s another bonus!

The only dark spot is that I weighed myself this morning for the first time in a long time and I think I’m now higher than I have been this year, the last few weeks have not been good! But I’m not going to weigh myself again for at least a week and just concentrate on eating well and feeling better.