Lentil Soup & Cheesy Garlic Bread

Lentil Soup

Serves 5, can be vegetarian

This is a great lunch. It’s full of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. Dip in some wholemeal bread or cheesy garlic bread for a filling after-school snack that stops the sugar cravings!

Cost: £2.74 – But only £1.50 next time because you’ll already have the lentils and stock cubes!


  • Eat seasonal veg – they’re cheaper and taste better when they’re in season
  • This soup will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days and freeze for up to 3 months
  • If you have freezer space, prepare and freeze any unused veg for next time. You can freeze bread too – helps save money and reduce food waste!
1 leek
3 carrots
100g (7 dessert spoons)
red lentils
1 litre of boiling water
2 ham stock cubes
Use chicken or vegetable stock cubes instead if you prefer!


  1. Wash your hands
  2. Wash the carrots and leeks
  3. Peel and chop the ends off the carrots, cut the carrot into small 1cm discs
  4. Remove the first layer of the leek, cut the ends off (You may need to wash the leek again to remove any dirt) Chop the leek into 1cm discs
  5. Place the chopped vegetables into a pan
  6. Rinse the red lentils in a colander, sieve or rinse in a bowl of cold water and pour the water away. Put lentils into the pan with the veg
  7. Place stock cubes in the pan and add the boiling water
  8. Put pan on the heat and bring to the boil, when soup starts boiling, reduce heat, stir, cover with a pan lid and simmer gently for around 20 minutes
  9. Remove from the heat, blitz with a hand blender
  10. Serve and enjoy with our cheesy garlic bread!

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Nutritious and filling!

We love this on its own or with our simple lentil soup. You can use any bread you like but wholemeal and granary have more nutrients and fibre. Fibre is important for digestion and immunity; it also helps make us feel fuller for longer.

Costs around £5 – but you’ll have oil and garlic spare so it’ll cost £3 or less next time!


  • Use plant oils like olive or vegetable oil instead of butter for healthier fats
  • Go easy on the cheese! Mozzarella is lower in fat and salt but still has lots of calcium for strong bones and teeth
  • Peel and crush any unused garlic cloves, mix with oil and store in the fridge – saves time and money next time
  • If you have freezer space, freeze any unused bread ready for the next time you want a cheesy, garlicky snack!
5 wholemeal bread slices or rolls
5 tablespoons of olive oil
3 garlic cloves (crushed) – add more if you like garlic!
Mozzarella cheese (grated)
You can use garlic granules if you prefer!


  1. Wash your hands
  2. Peel and chop the garlic and crush with the flat side of a knife (you can use a garlic crusher if you have one)
  3. Mix the garlic in a small bowl with the olive oil
  4. Slice the bread or cut the rolls in half
  5. Spoon the oil and garlic mixture over the bread and spread with the back of the spoon
  6. Sprinkle on some grated cheese
  7. Place on a tray and put under the grill for about 3 minutes or until the cheese melts and starts to turn light brown
  8. Cut in half and enjoy!

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