I have a question. How exactly does one go about photographing carrot soup? The best answer I could come up with was to put it in one of my favorite old cat mugs from the 80s. I’m not sure if that helped the situation. I apologize if my lack of picture-taking skills makes it look like something you don’t want to bother making…but trust me, it’s delicious!
So simple, yet purely delicious and warming. You can make this in about half an hour. This thick and creamy soup makes a perfect light snack when you’re feeling winter’s chill and it also makes a lovely accompaniment to a meal.
- 8 medium carrots
- 1 medium onion
- fresh ginger root (to taste– I used about a quarter cup chopped)
- 1 can light coconut milk (feel free to use full-fat)
- 2 cups veggie broth or make your own with bouillon
- 1-2 teaspoons cumin (optional– not pictured)
- If you’re making your own bouillon/broth, get that ready on the stove in a pot.
- Chop your carrots, onion and ginger.
- In a large soup pot, cook the onion and ginger in about half a cup of the veggie broth for 5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the veggie broth, the can of coconut milk, the chopped carrots and the cumin to the pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
Watching your sodium? Just use a low-sodium broth. Like red curry like I do? This soup is excellent with a large spoonful of Thai Kitchen’s Red Curry Paste. Just stir it in as the soup is simmering:
An easy way to peel your ginger root is to use the edge of a spoon. I’ve noticed that I waste less of the ginger when I do it like this rather than with a knife:
Ginger is great for digestion, inflammation, and it helps increase circulation.
Did you know that carrots are an excellent source of carotenoids? You’ve heard of beta-carotene which is one of many carotenoids– did you know there is an alpha-carotene as well? There are hundreds of others, we just tend to hear about the ones that have been researched– who knows what other incredible health promoting properties the others hold. That’s a perfect example of why supplements are not the best way to achieve optimal health. They isolate individual nutrients, yet this is not how nutrients occur in food. Nutrients are never found in isolation; they work synergistically. A high intake of these carotenoids, which are antioxidants, has been linked to lower rates of many types of cancers. And yes, carrots are good for your eyes too!
I give up. Carrot soup just happens to be un-photogenic. It looks much more beautiful in person.