This light and healthy barley and mushroom soup is super low calorie - only 50 cals a bowl!

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I love going out for lunch – especially on a Sunday, when here in the UK anywhere worth its salt will offer a nice big Sunday roast. Heaps of veggies, roast potatoes, gravy, maybe some kind of nut roast… it’s a brilliant way to celebrate the weekend.

But after a big lunch, I’m always unsure what to have for dinner. I never want anything heavy, having already filled up at lunch time – but if I have nothing at all for dinner, I’m usually hungry again before bed time. It’s a conundrum.

This light and healthy barley and mushroom soup is super low calorie - only 50 cals a bowl!

Something like this low calorie barley and mushroom soup is the perfect solution. It’s substantial enough that it will make you feel like you’ve had a meal, and will keep you full til the end of the night – but it’s super low calorie, so you don’t need to feel guilty about the dozens of roast potatoes you had earlier on…

And when I say super low calorie, I mean super duper low calorie. It’s only about 50 calories for a small bowlful – and even if you use the biggest bowl you own, it’ll probably still contain less than 100 calories.

This light and healthy barley and mushroom soup is super low calorie - only 50 cals a bowl!

The recipe is simple. Cook off some onion and mushrooms, then add some liquid and let it simmer away for a while with the pearl barley. It soaks up all the yummy flavours, and gives a really tasty soup.

The pearl barley and juicy mushrooms bulk out the dish, but most of the flavour comes from the veggie stock – so make sure you use a really tasty, great quality one (the ones that come as a jelly are pretty good). Then just add some thyme and bay, and a generous amount of black pepper.

The result is a tasty, salty, hearty dish – you’d never believe it was so low calorie. Serve it up in a mug for an even more comforting dinner (somehow clasping a hot mug in my hands never fails to satisfy!).

This light and healthy barley and mushroom soup is super low calorie - only 50 cals a bowl!

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Low calorie barley and mushroom soup

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, sliced or diced
  • 150 g mushrooms, sliced (~ 2 cups sliced)
  • 75 g pearl barley (~ 1/4 cup)
  • 1 litre hot water (~ 4 cups)
  • 1 litre hot, good quality vegetable stock (~ 4 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan, and add the onion and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat, until soft.
  • Add the pearl barley, water and stock, along with the dried thyme, bay leaf, and a generous amount of black pepper. Bring to a simmer, and cook for around 45 minutes, or until the pearl barley is completely cooked.
  • Serve warm.
Author: Becca Heyes

 

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Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose.

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This light and healthy barley and mushroom soup is super low calorie - only 50 cals a bowl!

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