Sleepy Lettuce Soup

I’ve been dying to try this recipe since I saw it on BBC.  Lettuce in soup?  Actually looked amazing, so we’re giving it a try this week.  We are out of millet, so we will substitute barley for it.
According to blogger Diana Hartman, “lettuce has diuretic qualities, so it’s great for weight loss. It is also good for sufferers of oedema, swollen ankles and yeasty problems such as thrush. It also contains a compound that is relaxing to the nervous system, so will help you sleep.”
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 450g potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 litre filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons wheat-free vegetable bouillon powder
  • 8 tablespoons millet
  • 1 large romaine lettuce, washed and roughly shredded
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh chervil or fresh parsley

Heat the oil with a little water in a large saucepan. Add garlic & onion and cook for 3 ” 4 mins, stirring occasionally.  Add the potatoes and cook for a further 2 mins.

Add 1 litre of water, together with bouillon powder and millet.  Bring to the boil, then lower heat and simmer for 15 mins or until vegetables are tender when pierced with a knife.

Add the lettuce and cook for 2 ” 3 mins or until just wilted.  Allow to cool before blending in a food processor or with a hand held blender until smooth, along with half of the fresh chervil or fresh parsley.

Return to the pan to re-heat, adding a little water if necessary.  Divide between warmed soup bowls and serve garnished with the remaining fresh chives or fresh parsley.

382 calories, 5.88g dietary fiber, 11.87g protein.

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