My go to for soup for lunch. I usually add ginger, garlic & turmeric
Pea Soup, from Meal Plan 1
Falafel with carrot salad, only 37p a serving, Meal Plan 1

I love this soup, it is my go to for a soup for lunch. I usually add a tsp of ginger paste from a jar, a tsp of garlic paste, and a tsp of turmeric to give it a lovely spicy kick, and at 16p a serving, you can have a big bowl.

If you want to add different curry pastes or powder, try what you have and you’ll get a different flavour every time. Reduce the water right down, and you can use this as a pasta sauce. You’ll need to watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. I haven’t tried it yet, when I do, I’ll tell you how much water to use

It is from the first meal plan I wrote, right back at the beginning of Thrifty Lesley, plus I also added it to the next one as well



lentil soup

carrot & lentil soup

Lentil Soup

My go to for soup for lunch. I usually add ginger, garlic & turmeric
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: English
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, vegan, vegetarian
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Other: Freezes Well
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 16p
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 70 g onion chopped
  • 100 g carrots scrubbed and chopped (no need to peel)
  • 250 g red lentils
  • 1 tblsp oil


  • Saute the onion and carrots in the oil until soft. 
  • Add the red lentils and a litre of water.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes. Click here to start a 20 minute timer
  • Whizz with a stick blender or in a liquidiser, or leave as it is.
  • Add more water if the soup is thicker than you would like


If you are following the planner for Meal Plan 1 or Meal Plan 2, serve half the soup between 2 people on 2 separate days.
A delicious variation for this soup is to add a teaspoon of turmeric and a thumbnail of fresh ginger and perhaps a little garlic. It gives a lovely spicy flavour. You could also experiment with other spices. Any curry powder or curry paste will add its own distinctive flavour
This soup features in both Meal Plan 1 and Meal Plan 2, complete 7 day plans for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list
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Nutrition Facts
Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 702mg20%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4201IU84%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Pea Soup, from Meal Plan 1
Falafel with carrot salad, only 37p a serving, Meal Plan 1