Lunchtime reboot for us parents!
Making grown up lunch every single day without the help of Pret / Eat / Pizza Pilgrims / Itsu etc etc is dull isn't it!?! My husband and I have eaten so many chicken and salad tortilla wraps since last March we should probably have shares in the tortilla factory! At least my toddler is happy to eat tomatoes, cucumber, mini sweetcorn pancakes and bits of cheese for lunch every day (I don't actually give her these every day, but she would eat it given half a chance).
So we've made a decision. Now that nurseries are back open and I have a wee bit more time in the mornings while the baby plays on his mat I am going to make some cheap, easy soups for our lunches at least twice a week. Each batch will be enough for our lunch for 2 days - so will not just make life a bit easier but also a bit healthier (unless I cave and do cauliflower cheese soup (So so good, but so so unhealthy)).
Today was a good simple pea soup with some bacon lardons on top. I would have done mint in the soup but it turns out the mint plant has FINALLY given up and died!
If your children / toddlers are happy to eat soup then this will be lovely for them. I, however, can't face the potential mess that may occur so will be leaving any soup feeding to the lovely ladies at our nursery!!
750g Frozen Petit Pois
2 garlic cloves
1 Low Sodium Vegetable Stock Cube
15g Butter (optional)
3 tbsp Creme Fraiche
A Little Veg / Sunflower Oil for frying
Salt & Pepper for seasoning
2 rashers of smoked bacon to sprinkle over the top (optional)
- Boil the kettle and pour 900ml of water over the stock cube
- Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan. Roughly chop the onions and garlic cloves. Add them to the pan to sweat off gently until the onions are translucent
- Tip the peas into the pan and stir thoroughly
- After 2 or 3 minutes add the stock and bring to the boil
- Once the peas have started to float to the top take off the heat and whiz with a stick blender
- Place the pan back on the heat and add the creme fraiche and butter (if using). Stir through
- Season to taste
- If serving with bacon bits fry these off after you have seasoned the soup
- Serve immediately
If you're only having it for 2 of you, store in an airtight container for use 1 - 3 days.