Start from Scratch recipe wins SugarSmart Challenge

Well done Josie for her tasty home-made sugar-free meal.

Josie Orams from thereupeutic garden charity Nurture through Nature is the winner of our Start from Scratch SugarSmart challenge with this tasty recipe.

We challenged people to send us a recipe they make from scratch without using processed food with hidden sugars inside.

Warming Squash Soup with Sesame Cornbread

Josie sent us this email with her entry.

"I like to eat meat responsibly, so I always make a homemade chicken stock to make the most of the roast chicken on a Sunday evening. I vary my soups depending on what’s in the kitchen and I rarely follow a recipe.

"In an effort to broaden the palate of the kids, I like to add different spices and herbs to mix things up a bit.

"I don't think folks should be put off making homemade chicken stock as it’s so super easy. I just put the leftover carcass in a big pot with a mix of roughly cut vegetables (onions, celery and carrots give a good flavour), fill the pot with water, boil and then simmer on a low heat for around 3 hours. Sieve it then keep it in the fridge or freeze it. Each batch makes enough for two, family-sized soups.

"To make this simple soup:
- Fry a large onion in a tablespoon of coconut oil until soft, then add half a large, chopped butternut squash, a couple of large chopped carrots and a couple of cloves of pressed garlic, cooking gently until the vegetables are slightly softened;
- Add 1 tsp of ground cumin and 1 tsp of ground turmeric, just over a cup of red lentils and a good-sized bowl of homemade chicken stock;
- Leave to simmer for around 30 minutes, blend with a stick-blender and add around 1 tablespoon of soy sauce or tamari to taste. This will make a fairly big saucepan of soup and I freeze what I don’t use that day.

"The sesame cornbread is a favourite, super-quick recipe by nutritionist Patrick Holford that I found on-line some time ago. It’s high in protein and calcium, so its filling and especially good for the little ones."