My Food Philosophy, a bit about the 5 & 2 and a soup recipe


My husband has recently decided to jump on the 5 & 2 Diet bandwagon.  Do you it?  What do you think?  If you don’t know about it you can take a look here at the official website or if you want some reviews and different opinions check them out here, here or here.

I’m not necessarily a subscriber of anything that is labelled a “diet” with a strict regime but each to their own really and I mean that, you are in charge of your own body.  Personally, I’m more of a whole food, fresh food, real food, treats in moderation person.  Let’s say 80/20 as I do like my cheeky chocolate after dinner (also probably too fickle to follow a specific diet for any length of time if I’m really honest).

I would like to say that I’m packet free, but I’m not. Life is busy and sometimes a quick snack from a packet is the way to go. I do read the labels though, and try to pick the least bad ones but I’m also not banning anything outright in our home either.  My girls know about “sometimes food” and “every day” food, their preschool was really big on that which helped but it doesn’t stop them from asking (or getting) junk sometimes usually with a reminder that it is crap. They are becoming more aware of the effect junk has on their bodies when they over indulge and are starting to make their own choices too.  We eat really healthily most of the time so I’m ok with the ice creams and party / holiday / whatever “treats” etc too. Where do you stand on that?

I have been known to do “cleanses” which seems to work well for me when I need to “reset” but wouldn’t necessarily advocate that for everybody (especially not the extreme one I did in my younger years in Thailand, looking back on that I wonder what I was thinking, oh my, disgusting, best not ask!).

I would love to live in Italy, si, wouldn’t you? as I favour a more “mediteranean” way of eating (and I like the clothes, a lot).  That said, I don’t usually eat huge amounts of pasta or bread but when I do I REALLY enjoy it.

unnamedThis is me in liquid form starting with the tea at the bottom and finishing with the tea at the top.  What? The chocolates were like liquid when I took this photo it was so hot they had melted (so had to be slurped).

I usually look at what we are eating across the week and try to balance it out.  If there has been a cake with sugar in it then the next baked thing I make may be low or no sugar, if there has been a meal with lots of grains then the next may be meat and salad etc. Maybe. If there has been toast for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch we may have something gluten free for dinner.  That’s one of the reasons why I find meal planning so effective, you can really take stock of what you are eating and be mindful about it. (I have suggested meal plans for the week here if you are interested).  But hey I’m not perfect and don’t live in a bubble and somedays when it’s all gone to shit we ship in the take away and I love hot chips as much as the next person.

In a nutshell, this has turned into a bit of a ramble so I will get to the soup, my philosophy is that I think it’s important to educate yourself and your family and make the food choices that are right for you. Really, to listen to your own body and do what makes it feel good.  My husband listened to his and apparently it has said 5 & 2 is the thing for him!  So he is giving it a try, he’s up to week 3 and rather hungry today as I just got a text saying he wants MEAT!

So about that soup – I came up with this Chilled Pea & Yoghurt Soup as I’ve been experimenting with cold soups lately – mine was with and his was without the yoghurt.  I had it for lunch and his was for dinner.  It’s really quick and easy to make and just requires some chilling time.  I know there are some cold soup haters out there, you could have this warm if you wanted or not have it at all!

Nutritional Tip: Did you know that peas are a good source of vegetable protein, B vitamins and folate?  Some of their nutritional benefits are that they keep the blood sugar levels steady, boost immunity and help support the nervous system and digestion.  So there you go!  I haven’t done the exact calculation but there is around 260 calories in this if you are using yoghurt, less obviously without.

Timesaver Tip: You can make up batches of the soup and freeze it before adding in the yoghurt – just add the yoghurt (if using) before you are ready to eat.

First up is the regular method for Chilled Pea & Yoghurt Soup followed by the Thermomix version.  Even if you are not interested in the 5 & 2 this is a really yummy soup for warm days as a starter or a light lunch and it’s good for you too!  Serves 2 as a main meal or 4 as a starter.  Here you go…

What you need:

1 Tbsp vegetable stock concentrate & 450 mls water or 450 mls liquid vegetable stock

450 g frozen peas

1/2 brown onion, roughly chopped

1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

300 g greek or natural yoghurt (optional but good!)

salt & pepper to taste

For the garnish:

2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped or torn

2 tsp lemon zest

olive oil (for drizzling)

What you do:

Put the stock, onion and garlic in a saucepan and bring to the boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the peas.  Simmer for 5 minutes.

Cool, add salt & pepper and then transfer to a blender or use a stick blender and blitz until it’s smooth.  (If you are going to freeze some do that now)

Add the yoghurt and stir through

Put the soup in the fridge until well chilled (a couple of hours)

To serve, add mint and mix well and then transfer into serving bowls.  Garnish with the lemon zest and olive oil

Chilled Pea & Yoghurt Soup - Thermomix


  • 1 Tbsp vegetable stock concentrate & 450 g water or 450 g liquid stock
  • 450 g frozen peas
  • 1/2 brown onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 300 g greek or natural yoghurt
  • salt & pepper
  • For the garnish
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped or torn
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • olive oil (to drizzle)


  1. Add stock, onion and garlic to the TM and cook 100 C / 5 minutes / speed 1
  2. Add peas and continue cooking 100 C / 5 minutes / Speed 1
  3. Blitz into a smooth soup 10 seconds / speed 9
  4. Allow to cool and then add the yoghurt and combine 4 seconds / speed 2
  5. Pour into a bowl or jug and chill in the frige for a few hours or until well chilled
  6. To serve, remove from fridge, add torn mint leaves, mix well and ladle into soup bowls. Garnish with lemon zest and a drizzle of olive oil

I’m linking up for the first time today with #IBOT at Essentially Jess – pop over to check out lots of other fabulous blogs, have a chuckle or learn something new.

So, tell me what’s your food philosophy? Do you have one? A bit pick & choose like me? Firmly in a camp or don’t really think about it too much?


23 comments on “My Food Philosophy, a bit about the 5 & 2 and a soup recipe

  1. Cate
    March 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I used to have a packet-free house, then I had more babies and lost my mind. I do try to bake snacks, with 3 at school it gets expensive to fill lunch boxes every week!

    I’m not a pea fan, but that soup sounds lovely, I’m bookmarking to give it a try!

    • Vicki
      March 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Hi, thanks for stopping by. We can only try can’t we????

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    March 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I have commitment issues so I don’t like to stick to an eating plan. I do like to make as much of what we eat myself though, and try to eat a balanced diet. That soup looks awesome. I’m thinking I might freeze a batch to take to work because I hardly ever get time to heat and eat soup on my break, but cold soup is totally do-able! And when it comes to those little green balls of goodness, I always want more peas please!

    • Vicki
      March 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Yay for the peas! Thanks for stopping by. x

  3. di @ lime&soda
    March 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I think I’ve tried every diet on the planet…and none of them have really been very successful long term. So I’m trying something novel :)….eat less and move more! It’s taking time, but I think it is at least something real that I can stick with. Everything in moderation eh! I love the sound of your pea soup Victoria. But I couldn’t eat it cold. Will definitely on my menu list this coming season. Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki
      March 24, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      You don’t seem to be alone on the cold soup front Di! I think with diets keeping it real is the answer, it’s got to be sustainable. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    March 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Diet is a four letter word and should be banned. I just try to do everything in moderation, a lot like you actually. Cheers to that!

    • Vicki
      March 24, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Cheers indeed! x

  5. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    March 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I think I did the same cleanse as you in Thailand – did it involve vaseline?!! Haha – it worked for me though – I gave up smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and went totally cold turkey. At the end of the week I had no cravings at all.
    I’m like you – it’s all about balance. I cook from scratch, don’t eat processed food and occasionally binge on chocolate and vodka 🙂

    • Vicki
      March 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Yep, same cleanse then!!! I think it was the last time the whites of my eyes were actually white!

  6. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    March 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Oh yeah baby – this soup sounds darn near perfect. I have been trying to recreate a pea and garam masala soup I once had at an indian restaurant. I dont suppose you have any suggestions chick? xx

    • Vicki
      March 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Hmm, will put the thinking cap on and see what we can come up with. x

  7. Mum Of Five Girls
    March 24, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I have no problem with my girls eating a bit of everything but moderation is the key. I’d love to be packet free but I’d need an extra day or two in my weeks just to dedicate to baking…I do try though…!

    • Vicki
      March 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      We can only do what we can do – I try too!

  8. Danielle L
    March 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I completely agree with you approach about balancing it out across the week, your paragraph on that really sums out my approach to eating. I also love Michael Pollen’s ‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.’ Soup sounds great too.

  9. Lauren @ The Thud
    March 24, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Well now I’m totally intrigued by this Thailand cleanse… I want to know more.

    I have never been a big fan of soup. I just don’t get it. I never ever feel full after soup. I have this thing about “dry” and “wet” food. “Wet” food doesn’t fill me up. “Dry” food does. Can you tell how knowledgable I am on nutrition 😉 I do love peas though! One of my favourite veggies.

    • Vicki
      March 25, 2015 at 9:47 am

      I’ve only just come around to summer soups but love them in winter. Let’s just say that the Thailand cleanse is one fad that is unlikely to catch on!!!!

  10. peregrinationgourmande
    March 30, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Hey! So interesting! I have a food philosophy I think it’s very close to yours. Fesh and homemade food. A lot of veggies and fruits. And for extra my little bakery in which I try to lower sugar and fat.
    We are not allergic but just try to eat more consciently. I missed the 30min link up this week was awful. I will catch up next week. xx cathy

    • Vicki
      March 30, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Hi there, thank you. I hope you have a better week this week lovely xx

  11. Kristy @ Loulou Zoo
    April 2, 2015 at 1:17 am

    This soup looks yummy – I’ve pinned it for later! We follow a low fructose/gluten & preservative free lifestyle (I say lifestyle, as I too hate the word diet). I know I feel better when I eat this way – if I do happen to eat too much sugar or gluten I generally feel a bit blergh after so it’s very easy to stick to it!

    Thanks again for linking up with wellness wednesday – so much good stuff on your blog!

    • Vicki
      April 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you Kristy. I think unless the way you eat fits in with your lifestyle then it’s very hard to follow so lifestyle is a good word for it!

  12. Sasha @ From the Left Field
    April 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve got friends doing the 5 & 2 and I find it interesting, and they tell me it works for them. Sometimes I’ll do intermittent fasting and I’ve had great results with that, but again it’s not about eliminating things, it’s about altering the timing for caloric intake and keeping the body on it’s toes. I like your philosophy and I love your soup!! Yummo!

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you lovely lady. My friends seem to rate it too that are doing it, my husband seems to have given it up for the time being though!

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