Personally, i think that January, when it still cold and wet, is a rubbish time of year to go on a diet. Luckily soups are healthy, and are perfect for those freezing days, where you just want to stay bundled up in bed all day and the frost still hasn't thawed by lunchtime. This is definitely my favourite soup that I've ever made, despite losing the tip of my thumb at least twice!!(graters are dangerous things you know!)By far tastier than shop bought soups, and better for you, without any preservatives. The lentils which are full of protein, and fibre to fill you up, without the need to snack later in the day. The carrots, add essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants that will help clear skin and aid digestion . The added bonus of the chilli and cumin seeds, add flavour and added health benefits such as keeping away the flu, and clearing away the sniffles.
Personally I would love to make with chicken stock, as I think it tastes better, but if your vegetarian, or like me have a vegetarian in your family, then feel free to use vegetable stock. If your vegan use a dairy free milk, or top with more stock. I personally like to top with feta cheese for an added tang, plus it helps it to cool down quickly, as I'm very impatient but feel free to not put it on, or add a dollop of plain yogurt if you don't have any.
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chilli flakes
750g carrots, grated
140g red lentils
1 l veg/ chicken stock
1/2 cup milk
1. lightly toast the cumin and chilli flakes, until fragrant, set aside around half
2. add the rest of the ingredients, bring to boil, then simmer for 15 mins or until the lentils are cooked
3. blend until smooth
4. sprinkle with the reserved cumin seeds and chilli, sprinkle with feta or a dollop of yogurt if wished