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There's a chill in the air and my winter coat is calling my name.

After a rainy and windy day, there is nothing more comforting than getting into your pyjamas with a nice big bowl of soup.

With these delicious recipes, you can get a tasty dinner in no time, and also enjoy it for lunch tomorrow.

1. Ten-minute tomato soup

2. Carrot soup

3. Spiced lentil and ginger soup

4. Roasted butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds

5. Potato and courgette soup

6. Roasted pepper and tomato soup

7. Leek and potato soup

8. Pea and mint soup

9. Thai coconut chicken soup

 

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Food lovers, avert your eyes. 

Gordon Ramsay has revealed the one dish he would never order in a restaurant and it might surprise you. 

The 50-year-old has spent most of his career working in busy kitchens so we're pretty sure he knows a thing or two about how they operate – and we're honestly devastated by his latest revelation.

In an interview with Town and Country magazine the chef explained that the soup-of-the-day is rarely fresh and is actually often made using leftovers from the day before.

 "Ask what yesterday’s soup du jour was before today’s special. It may be the case that it’s the soup du month," he said.

What's more, the television chef also revealed that Valentine's Day is the worst day of the year to dine out. 

"Valentine’s Day is the worst day of the year to go out. Busy kitchens with tones of diners means you don’t get the true feeling of the restaurant.''

''You should be cooking on Valentine’s. What’s more romantic than a meal cooked for your partner with good bottle of wine," he added.

We couldn't agree more Gordon. 

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Healthy, cheap, filling, office-friendly: soups are your best friend if you want to avoid the dreaded Sad Desk Lunch.

And even if there are plenty of nice options in the shop, they will never be as good as the one you make yourself. You can trust us on this, there is nothing as easy to make as a big batch of soup that will last you a whole week!

The great thing about soup is that it is quite hard to mess up. If you just buy what is in season – and usually, on offer – peel it, cover it with water and let it cook gently, you will definitely end up with a delicious soup.

But for those afraid to try, don't worry, we have you covered with these 3 foolproof recipes.

Creamy courgette soup

  • 1kg courgette, roughly chopped
  • 500g potato, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 stock cube
  • 100g grated parmesan, to serve
  • 10g butter
  • Pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cook the spring onions for 2 minutes.

Add the courgettes, potatoes and stock cube and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.

Cook for about 20 minutes, until vegetables are soft.

Blend and serve topped with freshly ground pepper and grated parmesan. 

 

Spicy butternut squash soup

  • 1 butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 3cm fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 stock cube
  • Sour cream to serve

In a large saucepan, melt the coconut and fry the onion, garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes.

Add the butternut squash, carrots, stock cube, turmeric and cayenne pepper and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Blend and serve, topped with a dollop of sour cream if desired.  

 

Green pea soup

  • 1kg frozen peas
  • 3 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 25g butter
  • 1 stock cube
  • Pepper
  • Greek yoghurt and finely chopped mint to serve

Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the shallots and garlic.

Cook for 2 minutes

Add the peas and the stock cube and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. 

Blend and serve topped with a tablespoon of greek yoghurt and some fresh finely chopped mint.

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When you come home from work or college, there really is nothing better than digging into a hot bowl of soup on a cold night.

But now the question is, what soup to make?!

Here, we have five great soups that will feel like a hug in a mug. 

Roasted garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup

It may be a mouthful to say, but once you actually take a mouthful of this soup, it will be like autumn in your mouth.

 

Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup

It's beer soup. Nothing else needs to be said for this delicious concoction

 

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

If you want to make your Mexican chicken wraps that little bit more filling, you need to try this soup.

 

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

To be honest, this soup had us at 'bacon'.

 

Tuscan-Style Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup

This soup will taste even better with a side of crusty bread and cheese. 

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We were promised an Indian summer (umm?) – but sadly there's no denying that September is feeling decidedly autumnal.

There's a chill in the air, the evenings are getting a smidgen darker that bit earlier, and we're slowing transferring our diets to more hearty stables. 

But hearty certainly doesn't have to mean stodgy: in fact, soup is just about the healthiest – not to mention the most satisfying – autumnal warmer going.

We stumbled across this AMAZING and oh-so delicious recipe for carrot and ginger coconut soup… and suffice to say we're already hooked.

Coming in at less than 100 calories a bowl, it takes just ten minutes to prepare (and about 30minutes to cook).

Serve with freshly toasted bread, or have on its own as a snack, starter, or light-lunch, the SHEmazing! seal-of-approval has now very much been granted…

Ingredients:

  • Low-sodium vegetable broth cube
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • small chopped onion
  • garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • medium chopped red potato
  • chopped carrots
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • small chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup cubed apple or pear (optional)

 

1) Taking a saucepan, bring around 1.5ltr of water to the boil before popping in the stock cube and stirring.

2) Turn off the heat and leave aside.

3) Next, heat the oil in a frying pan or wok (preferably one with a lid) and then add your onion and garlic; sauté for around three to five minutes.

4) Add ginger, potato and carrot; cover and cook five minutes, stirring occasionally.

5) Add the coconut milk and red pepper; cover with a lid and cook five more minutes.

6) Take your broth from earlier and gradually add it with ladle into the vegetable mixture. Season with white pepper.

7) Cover and cook until all the vegetables are tender.

8) In a food processor or using a hand blender, puree soup in small batches until smooth. 

9) Serve in warm soup bowls. Garnish with apple or pear cubes, if desired.

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If you want to lose those that stubborn bulge, we have come across a super easy and seriously tasty way to do it.

Taking tips from celebrity trainer Joel Harper, we reckon that eating soup could be the dietary answer you've been waiting for. 

As Joel reveals: "Liquids are already broken down," which apparently in turn makes it quicker for the food to be processed through your body as your digestion system has less work to do.

Not only can this help get rid of the horrible bloating we all get from time to time but it will also aid in shifting them extra few pounds. 

But be warned, not any old soup will be up to scratch. You need to concentrate on the quality of the calories you put into it rather than just the number and also make sure that you have some protein in the bowl too. 

But no matter what type of food takes your fancy, here is a list of soups that will not disappoint taste wise. 

 

Tortilla-less soup

Tortilla-Less soup is high in protein and vitamin C. The Mexican style soup is paleo approved and will keep you warm on a chilly night in.

 

Ginger carrot soup

This little beauty of ginger and carrot soup is high in vitamin A, C and maganese. It is the perfect soup for a detox as it aids in digestion and makes everything happen super fast.

 

White bean pesto soup

This one takes an hour to cook so it will take a little longer than others in your pot. White bean pesto soup has a whopping 9g of fiber and with only 230 calories per serving it's perfect for losing weight.

 

Cheddar cauliflower soup 

Most cheesy soups are known for being too rich in saturated fat, but not this one. This cheddar cauliflower soup is mainly only light green veg and cauliflower in it so as well as having a lightweight soup, you also get all the great taste from it too.

 

Santa Fe-style veg soup

This soup only needs a few minutes prep in your crockpot and  is perfect either pre or post-workout. The paleo-approved soup is also high in protein and vitamin A.also.

 

Curried butternut squash soup

This is a great soup for when the days get colder as it adds a bit of spice and warmth into the mix. Curried butternut squash soup has a great metabolism boosting power which is a proven way to help keep the weight off!

 

Spicy chicken chilli soup

This one is high in protein and really packs in the heat! To make an even bigger impact to your chicken chilli soup, garnish yours with greek yogurt to add an extra dose of digestion-supporting probiotics and extra protein too. 

If these don't tickle your taste buds I don't know what will!

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Soup is great for bulk-making those weekly lunches – just cook ahead of time and store in the fridge or freezer. Healthy and satisfying, this soup is great with brown bread on those cold winter days.

What you need:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 leek
  • 1 parsnip
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • salt and pepper

What you do:

  1. Chop the onion, carrot, parsnip, leek and celery into pieces; you’ll be blending it anyway so it doesn’t need to be perfect.
  2. Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a large saucepan and add all the veg. Cook for about 5 minutes and season well.
  3. Add the tbsp of bouillon powder and cover the veg with boiling water.
  4. Cook over low-medium heat until the veg has softened.
  5. Add the chopped fresh parsley.
  6. Allow to cool and use a hand-blender to blend the soup.
  7. Serve with your favourite brown bread.
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This soup is great for those nights you just can’t face a big heavy meal. The gentle Thai spices mesh wonderfully with the coconut milk, so this will soon become a firm favourite.

What you need:
Serves 2

  • 1 x 400g light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste (green can also be used here)
  • 1/4 pack of rice noodles
  • 1 carrot, julienne
  • 1/2 small head of broccoli
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)

 What you do:

  1. Heat a tbsp of coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add the curry paste.
  2. When the paste is warmed slightly, add the coconut milk and stir for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the veg and cook to soften, with the lid on. If it reduces too much just add in a little veg stock.
  4. Squeeze in the lime juice.
  5. Cook the noodles to the instruction on the packet and add to the soup.
  6. Garnish with the chilli and peanuts, if using.

Top tip: Why not add some cooked prawns to your laksa?

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The HiLo range from Just Food is the first high protein, low fat soup to be marketed in Europe.

These soups are especially aimed at people wanting to lose or keep off weight, active people who wish to consume more protein rich natural food alternatives, and to those looking for a non-dairy protein source.

The range includes Bean and Quinoa, Supergreens and Spiced Thai Veg, offering people interested in a healthier diet an tasty variety.

Cork-based company Just Food began life in 2004 at the Middleton Farmers Market, where Deirdre Hilliard sold soups as a weekend hobby. Deirdre now supplies 100% organic handmade food to hundreds of  supermarkets and restaurants.

These high-protein soups are made from a range of fresh organic ingredients, sourced as locally as possible, making them perfect for busy women trying to lead healthier lives.

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