The holidays are upon us and that means there will be lots of treats and rich foods to indulge in. While these foods should be enjoyed this time of year (tis the season after all), we don’t want to let our waistlines get too out of control. To avoid this, I have come up with this delicious recipe for Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Soup. Not only will it keep your waistline trim, it uses all fresh, seasonal ingredients and it will keep you healthy all winter long!
The Inspiration Behind the Recipe
This recipe was inspired by a recipe for Ginger & Carrot Soup that I found in Vitamix’s cookbook. I love my Vitamix and use it every single day. I honestly don’t know how I lived my life without one! While the Vitamix recipe is delicious, I find that it is a little too “fresh tasting” as the recipe directs the cook to add raw carrots to the blender. It has that fresh carrot taste, and isn’t sweet like carrots should be. So, I decided to adopt this recipe by roasting the carrots first to bring out all their delicious sweetness. While I was at it, I added some yellow onion to the roasting mix so that the onion would become sweet and caramelized. It is definitely worth that extra time and effort since the soup turns out to be much more flavourful!
Healthy Ingredients=Great Health Benefits
In addition to the roasted vegetables, I add in some fresh ginger root since it pairs so well with carrots. I really enjoy the fresh, slightly spicy bite that the ginger gives to the soup—plus it is so healthy! Ginger has so many wonderful properties and health benefits associated with it that are key during the winter months. For instance, it helps reduce inflammation, calms the stomach if you are feeling nauseous, and helps with indigestion in addition to all the other benefits that it provides to us! This soup gets a double punch of ginger with the addition of some Ginger Essential Oil. I would strongly suggest adding this oil from doTERRA since it is a food-grade oil that can be ingested, and if you love extra ginger!
Another great flavour that compliments carrots and ginger is turmeric. Turmeric is actually related to ginger root and has just as many if not more health benefits than ginger does. It is definitely the superfood of the moment (Turmeric latte anyone?). I always make sure to add the turmeric after I blend the soup and transfer it to a pot on the stove. Turmeric’s yellow/orange colour is very difficult to get out of plastic (or even your skin) when it makes contact…and I don’t want to turn my Vitamix yellow! By adding the turmeric to the soup and bringing it to a boil, you cook out its initial bitter taste, which can be rough. Plus, this will release all of its flavour and health properties into the soup!
So if you are looking for a warming and healthy recipe this winter season, look no further than this recipe for Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Soup. Let me know in the comments below if you will be making this soup this winter!
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