January has arrived and it seems to be very grey and rainy. The rain seems endless, when I wake up it is raining, when I go to bed it is raining. It is so dark outside, it seems like the sun is a distant memory. The fields are waterlogged outside and when I take the dog out he comes home looking bedraggled and muddy. He also looks really sorry for himself. I need to keep towels strategically positioned by the front door or he runs in and rolls all over the living room carpet covering it in mud. My best buy in the January sales was a pair of wellies! At least now when I take him out my feet are dry. In January my thoughts always turn to losing weight, it is far to easy to eat too much over Christmas. This wet weather is not helpful, I tend to crave chocolate when it is wet. To help keep me full and warm I try to eat lots of soup in this weather. When it is cold and wet outside a bowl of soup is comforting, warming and filling.
This weekend I ended up with a lot of lettuce in my fridge. I am not quite sure how I managed it, I usually have a list when I go shopping. This takes account of what I have in stock so I don’t waste food. Somehow I managed to end up with six little gem lettuces. There is only so much lettuce you can use in sandwiches and salads for lunch. I wondered if it would be possible to make soup using the lettuce and decided to make a pea and lettuce soup. It turned out to be a good decision. The result was a light and tasty soup with a vibrant green colour that made me think of Spring. I could almost imagine the sun shining on the fields, lambs gambolling about and daffodils adding colour to the garden. It was the perfect antidote to a grey day.
It is the perfect soup for a light lunch, served with crusty bread or cheese and crackers. You could ring the changes by adding some mint leaves to make a slightly different taste or even a little bacon to make a heartier soup. It is also a great way to use up extra lettuce before it turns brown in the fridge.
Pea and lettuce soup
- 25g (1 oz) butter
- 1 large onion
- 425g (14 oz) frozen peas
- 2 little gem lettuces
- 1 litre chicken stock
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- Peel and chop the onion.
- Heat the butter in a pan and fry the onion gently until soft
- Chop the lettuce into small pieces and add to the pan with the peas, stock and lemon juice.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Blend in a food processor or blender until smooth.
For a comforting warming soup that is low in calories and filling then lentil soup is perfect.
Joining in with the kitchen clearout linky on Madhouse Family Reviews as I managed to use up the excess of lettuce in my fridge.