Carrot., lentil and coriander/cilantro soupThe perennial and annual herbs are putting forth strong growth in the recent warm weather. This recipe makes the most of one of each: celery-flavoured lovage and fresh zingy cilantro (also known as coriander).

Recipe for Carrot, lentil and coriander/cilantro soup (serves 2)

Ingredient Calories per serving
1 tsp butter or oil 17
1 onion, diced 22
4 medium carrots, diced 50
1 sprig lovage, chopped 0
¼ cup red lentils 85
500ml vegetable stock 10
big handful of cilantro/coriander 3

Total calories per serving: 185

Method: Melt the butter in a pan and add the onion, cooking over a low heat until softened. Stir in the chopped carrots and lovage (you could use celery in place of the lovage), cook for a further minute or two and then add the stock and lentils. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until the carrot pieces are tender. Remove from the heat, add the coriander/cilantro and liquidise the soup to a chunky consistency (or smooth, if you prefer) in a blender.