My husband and I are not the types to get excited about eating veggies. Let’s just say that if we were at a buffet, we would stock up on the meat & completely ignore the plants.
I know, we’re not poster people for healthy eating.
I saw this recipe in a magazine one of my co-worker friends gave me. She’s a vegan and always has green shakes for breakfast, healthy quinoa for lunch and basically eats every other healthy concoction that the meataterian in me would rather not try.
The one thing that attracted me to this recipe was not that it has ‘notes of sweet honey’ in it…
or that the ‘bright gold colour tells of its rich antioxidant activity’…
or even that the high levels of carotenoids (found in carrots) may help reduce the risk of diabetes…
or even how the magazine said in such a poetic fashion that the ‘velvety carrot base makes this a hearty and comforting meal’. Even that was not why I made it.
I decided to try this soup because it was pictured in such a pretty bowl.
Well, if it gets veggies into my system, pretty bowls are welcome! ;)
The soup was actually all of the things the magazine said it was…
Definitely a hearty soup that’s perfect for a chilly winter’s day (and hearty enough to satisfy that meat-lovers in the family).
Cumin-scented Carrot Soup:
adapted from Jennifer Danter’s recipe in Alive magazine, November 2011.
What you’ll need:
2 tbsp (30 mL) butter or extra-virgin olive oil
3 shallots, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 to 3 tsp (10 to 15 mL) cumin seeds
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
10 to 12 medium carrots, chopped
2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey
8 cups (2 L) water or low-sodium vegetable stock
Melt butter or heat oil in large wide saucepan set over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, cumin seeds, and salt. Stir often until softened, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Stir in carrots and honey. Pour in water or stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until carrots are very soft, about 25 minutes.
Working in batches, puree mixture in blender until smooth. Strain, then thin as needed with more water or stock.
Spoon into bowl and garnish each with spoonful or yogourt and chopped chives, if you wish.
Stay warm! :)