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If your New Year’s resolution is to eat better then this post is for you! It’s really hard to eat healthy, gluten free lunches in the winter. Salad doesn’t seem right on a cold, sleeting day, gluten free bread doesn’t make great sandwiches, and gluten free pasta doesn’t work in pasta salads. This is why I am so glad that a friend introduced me to a soup maker. I do not use lots of gadgets in the kitchen, but I love my soup maker. All you do is put the chopped up ingredients in the soup maker, and press a button. Then you can go away and carry on with something else while it cooks and blends your soup. My soup maker (Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup and Smoothie Maker, Stainless Steel, White) even has a keep warm function so I can have my lunch when I am ready for it.
This is my favourite recipe to cook in my soup maker. You need to make sure all the vegetables are chopped to approximately the same size.
2 shallots, peeled and chopped
400g leeks, trimmed and chopped
300g potatoes, peeled if necessary and cubed
1 Knorr vegetable stock pot
1 carton of Alpro soya single cream
You just put all the ingredients in the soup maker. I find it works best if you put the stock pot half way up the soup maker so it doesn’t get stuck to the bottom or wrapped around the blender at the top. My soup maker has a minimum liquid level so I add a bit of water to take it to that level. Choose the creamed soup option and off you go!
Obviously, if you work from home, like Allergy Dad does, then this works really well, but equally you could set this going in the morning and take your fresh soup in a flask with you. This soup maker (Morphy Richards 501018 Soup and Smoothie Maker, 1.6 Litre, 1160 Watt, Red) looks like an absolute bargain.