If you’re like me, the holidays mean lots of excess yummy foods…turkey, gravy, desserts, chocolate, I really ate a lot. Now it’s time to get back on my healthy eating habits. One of my favourite healthy foods with very little calories is Roasted Red Pepper soup… I make the slightly spicy kind, not creamy..so it’s low in fat and calories, perfect for a diet.
I made it last night actually.. and it was really good and filling. ( •ॢ◡-ॢ)-♡
It takes a some time to prepare, but it’s totally worth it. My recipe makes about 6 bowls, so you can keep some in the fridge for later.
Here’s my recipe:
- 8 Red bell peppers, cleaned and cut in half
- 5 cloves garlic, in peel
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable broth)
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- Cut the peppers in half and remove all seeds and membranes. Press the red peppers flat with your hand and lay them on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet. Place the garlic cloves on the baking sheet. Don’t slice your finger, like me. Good thing my Dad gave me these Hello Kitty bandages in my Christmas stocking!
- Set the oven on broil. Broil the red peppers and garlic for 15 minutes.
- Once the pepper skin has blackened (make sure they are burnt on top, this makes removing the skin later easier), remove from the oven and place in a large zip bag to steam. (10 minutes)
- In a large pot, add the oil, thyme, bay leaves, and onions. Cook for 10 minutes, until onions are soft.
- Add the broth, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of the peels into the pot.
- Then peel the charred skin off each pepper half and place it in the pot.
- Reduce the heat, cover, and cook another 20 minutes. Then, remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
- Pour the soup into a blender, add the vinegar and blend on low until smooth. TIP: Remove the lid and cover with a kitchen towel—this with allow the heat to vent without a big mess!
- Serve with extra thyme leaves on top