As you know, i’m a huge fan of Juices and smoothies for the skin. They’re a quick and easy way to get a blast of nutrients fast, when on the go. But when it comes to winter, we all crave warmth and comfort, so i often swap juices for nourishing soups. Soups are so easy to make and a great alternative to take to work for lunch, or as a quick and easy dinner after work. This week Katie, our talented team member, has put together a soup and two other recipes that she loves making, for you to enjoy!
BAKED TOMATOES AND EGGS
This recipe is great for Breakfast (if you have a bit of extra time to spare), Lunch, or Dinner. Quick and easy meal with lots of skin friendly ingredients for tea – Spicy tomato baked eggs with pitta bread to dip in! All round great recipe.
1 chopped onion
1 handful of spinach
1/2 handful of basil
1 clove of garlic
1 chopped chilli (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
Sprinkling of feta cheese
-Place the olive oil in a frying pan with a lid to soften the onion, basil, garlic and chilli for about 5 minutes and then add the spinach and the chopped tomatoes and simmer until thick. Make 4 slight holes in the dish and crack the eggs into them. Replace the lid on top of the pan and leave to simmer until your eggs are cooked to how you want them. Serve with crusty bread or pitta bread, and enjoy!
Tomatoes – Rich in vitamin C & selenium, a powerful skin protector from UV rays.
Eggs – Contain vitamins A, B6, B12 & D & minerals zinc, iron and copper. Also a great source of protein for collagen and elastin formation in the skin.
Spinach – Rich in vitamin A & C plus iron and magnesium.
WINTER WARMING SOUP
This is a great soup to whip up quickly for Dinner, or it’s also great for sticking in the slow cooker in a morning before you head off to work. It’s filled with protein from the beans and lentils, Vitamin A and C from sweet potatoes and red peppers. (Serves 3)
3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
3 Leeks (white parts only)
2 Garlic cloves
2 Sweet Potatoes
2 cups of veg stock
2 tins of Canned tomatoes
3 tablespoons of Herbs (Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano)
1 Red Pepper
1 tin of Cannelloni Beans
1 cup of Lentils
handful of Spinach
Heat oil in a large pot. Add the leeks, garlic and onion—cook for a few minutes. Add the carrots, peppers and sweet potato, and cook until tender. Add the vegetable stock, and bring it to a boil. To the boiling broth, add chopped tomatoes, cannelloni beans, lentils, spinach, thyme, rosemary, and oregano. Add pepper and salt to taste. On low heat, let the soup simmer until the vegetables are tender.
QUICK PASTA DISH
This recipe is very simple and will only take you up to 10 minutes to make. It’s full of different nutrients all aiding your skin to glow!
1 tablespoon of Pesto
1/2 tin of chickpeas
Handful of Peta Cheese
3 or 4 Sundried Tomatoes
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 tablespoon Paprika
Boil your pasta. Whilst you’re doing this, set your oven to 180 and roast the chickpeas and cut up peppers in a dish with paprika. When your pasta is boiled, drain it and add the pesto and sundried tomatoes. Once the chickpeas and peppers have been roasting for 10 minutes, take them out and add them to the pasta. Put your pasta on a plate and add your cubes of feta to the top, and enjoy!
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