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Healthy 3 Course Winter Menu Starter

Christmas is a time for celebration, for spending time with friends and family , its also a time to enjoy a few splurges through the month.  At The Body Retreat we know that t can be a worry how you entertain while still maintain your waistline.  It can be hard to combine celebration and moderation.  This well balanced three course winter menu is perfect when you want to serve a delicious meal for friends or family during the winter.

Starting the meal with a light but warming Parsnip and Lemon soup will help you to feel fuller sooner and while help to moderate your appetite fort the rest of the meal. Main course is Spiced Pork Casserole served with Couscous which is a rich and opulent and will impress your guests, who will never guess that it only took you 15 mins to prepare.  Then we finish the meal with Plum and Almond Meringue

Parsnip and Lemon Soup
Serves 4
  • 1tbp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 leeks, sliced (only use the white of the leek)
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 medium parsnips, chopped
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1ltr chicken stock
  • 1 lemon
  • 80 mls single cream
  • Chopped Chives and Parsnip Crisps to garnish



In a large pot heat the oil, add the vegetables and ginger, give a sprinkle of salt.  Gently sauté for 5 mins until the vegetables begin to soften but not brown.

Add the stock and the half the lemon and simmer for 20 mins.

Once cooked, remove the lemon half and blend the soup until silky and smooth.

Stir through the cream and season with salt and white pepper to taste.

When ready to serve, gentle reheat.  Serve topped with a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of chopped chives and a garnish of parsnip crisps.


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