Chef, cookery tutor and owner of Pop food business in Edinburgh, Steve Brown, shares his Halloween themed risotto recipe.
Budget buster lentil soup
Peel and finely chop the onion and carrot. Put into a large saucepan with the stock and lentils. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes until the lentils are disintegrating. Allow to cool, then liquidise.
Reheat to serve and adjust seasoning with lemon juice, salt, pepper, ground cumin and ground chilli.
Freezer tip: It’s worth making double quantities and freezing this soup in portions. Don’t miss out the lemon, it makes all the difference.
Variations: Other vegetables could be chopped up and cooked with the lentils, but don’t include potatoes as they will tend to make the consistency gluey.
Remember to freeze any portions you don’t eat this time to save them from going in the bin. A great time saver for a simple meal another day when you may be busy.
Defrost your frozen portions in the fridge and use within 24 hours, or in a microwave on 'defrost' directly before use.
Make the most of your leftovers
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