This healthy, vegan, cream of celery soup is just perfect for getting right back into shape after the over indulgence of the festive period. Easy to make, low cost, low calorie and deliciously tasty. All that without the addition of any cream!
Well it’s here folks, 2016 and a Very Happy New Year to you all! 😀
If you’re a regular blog follower you’ll recall that Lynne and I are having a “vegan January”, so recipes will be themed towards that. However, rest assured, we are only doing this for January, it’s just a change for the month, there’s no change to neilshealthymeals overall theme of quick healthy meals for all.
So, the recipes this month can be enjoyed by anyone, vegan or non-vegan. We just thought it would be nice to have a change after all our Christmas and New Year indulgences!
So, now that I’ve got that “disclaimer” out of the way, let’s get on to talk about this fantastic cream of celery soup shall we? 😉
It’s a pretty simple cream of celery soup recipe. One I’ve not changed since I started doing it years ago, and I find the addition of an apple adds that extra bit of “sweetness” to the overall flavour but what do you think?
- Low fat cooking spray
- 2 medium onions peeled and chopped
- 350 g chopped celery sticks
- 1 large potato peeled and diced
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 green apple peeled, cored and chopped
- 1.25 L vegetable stock
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
- Spray the bottom of a large saucepan about 7 to 8 times. Turn the heat on high underneath, then when the oil starts to bubble, turn the heat lower.
- Add the onion and the celery and sauté, stirring constantly for about 7 to 8 minutes until soft, but not burnt, or you will taint the taste of the soup.
- Add the dried thyme and stir in, then add the potato and apple and sauté, again stirring for a further 2 minutes.
- Add the stock, bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are soft then remove from the heat.
- Either using a stick blender or an upright blender, blitz the soup to a pulp and return it to the saucepan.
- Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
- Serve garnished with the freshly chopped parsley.
It’s amazing just how packed those sticks of celery are, in this cream of celery soup, with essential vitamins and minerals.
Not only are vitamin K, vitamin C and potassium contained within celery, but also folic acid, which helps to maintain and form healthy blood cells, keeps the heart healthy and has been used to help treat depression too.
So, if you’re feeling a bit blue after the festive period and perhaps a little guilty of all the overindulgence too, then have a bowl of this heartening cream of celery soup. And put it all behind you and start now on your super healthy New Year!
New Year at Killin
Talking of New Year, Lady Lynne and I certainly started ours in style with good friends!
After we finished work on 31st December we made our way up to Killin Highland Lodges to see in 2016 with a few glasses of wine and a wee Talisker (my favourite 🙂 ) malt too.
We played some games that evening and watched the fireworks on TV from various places around the globe seeing in their New Year’s respectively.
Killin did have their own Fireworks display too, but we were all too lazy and too cosy in the lodge to go out and get wet!
We did head out on the 1st though, for a bit of fresh air in Killin village itself and to see the Falls of Dochart.
The falls themselves were looking particularly spectacular after the continuous rain we’ve been having since the start of December. I took this short video (sorry about the speaking at the end of it) whilst I was there.
Lynne and I thought we might be able to avoid the majority of the rain in December as we headed off on our African Adventures, but we came back to floods everywhere. It’s still going on as I write this.
I have to admit I’m kind of glad to get back to work today and a regular routine again. Our holiday was fabulous, as was seeing our friends at Killin. But, it’s nice to get a sense of normality back sometimes isn’t it? And back to those quick healthy meals, like this cream of celery soup.
See you all again on Thursday for the next vegan recipe, a delicious Mediterranean vegetable casserole. 😀
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