carrot soup kissed with ginger & turmeric

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mild ginger warmth balances out the sweetness of the carrots

What do you do with the most ridiculously humongous bag of carrots from Costco? (I can hear a few family members and friends snickering as they read this! Before I moved back to Ottawa, Kanata I had sworn I would never get a membership)

Make carrot soup! It’s so good.

My friend was over for a playdate and brought over some curried carrot soup she made – so bright, beautiful and healthy! And the sweetness from the carrots make it very kid-friendly. We had soup and sandwiches for lunch, a classic combo.

Here is my version of it!

what you need:

  • 5 large carrots
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 small cooking onion
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • some chicken bones (I used 5 drumsticks worth of bones)
    • this is optional!
  • 6 cups of water (or you can use veggie stock or chicken stock)
  • cooking oil (I use grape seed oil)

what to do:

  1. Wash and peel carrots. Roughly chop into chunks.
  2. Peel onion and garlic, roughly chop.
  3. In a large pot on medium heat, add 2 tbsp cooking oil, then chopped onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir until fragrant, and onions are slightly translucent.
  4. Add turmeric and curry powder, toasting the spices until the aromas come out.
  5. Add chopped carrots, stirring as much as you can to allow the carrot pieces to meet the heat. Add water and then turn the heat up to high.
  6. Bring to a boil then add chicken bones. Bring to a boil again then once it boils, turn it down to medium low to simmer for about 45 minutes. *If you are not using bones, just turn the heat down from boil the first time to simmer.
  7. Remove chicken bones and then once the soup is not scalding hot, use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. *If you don’t have an immersion blender, be sure to wait until the soup is cooled enough to add to a blender.
  8. Enjoy!IMG_3049.JPG

baby’s first curry

baby's first curry

vibrant turmeric

I know what some of you might be thinking…”whoa, curry for a baby??” but keep in mind it is very mild and none of the spices in this recipe are actually spicy! I like introducing new flavours to my baby (the boss) because I think it’s important for her to develop her taste buds and be open to lots of different kinds of foods and cuisines. Plus, many of these spices and aromatics have lots of natural health benefits. For example, turmeric has been shown to have several positive effects on our body, ginger can sooth upset tummies, and it has long been known that garlic and onions can help boost your immune system. Giving your baby exciting new tastes instead of bland purees while boosting her health is a great way to start solids!

prep: 10 min   cook: 20 min   yield: 5 small mason jars

what you need:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 cup cooked chick peas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 thin slices of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 small cooking onion
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper *optional

what to do:

  1. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Wash and peel sweet potato, then cut into half inch discs.  Place them on the cookie sheet and drizzle olive oil all over them, season very lightly with salt and pepper, then move them around so that all sides get coated.  Place into oven, middle rack, and bake for about 7 minutes per side (until fork tender, and just gently golden browned).
  3. Smash garlic, dice onion, and cut ginger into thin pieces.
  4. While your sweet potatoes are roasting, heat up 1 tsp oil in a small frying pan (medium-low heat).
    saute

    sautéing

    Sauté garlic, onions and ginger until softened, and onions are almost translucent.
  5. Add the ground spices (cinnamon, cumin, and turmeric) and at this point if the pan seems to dry add a little bit more olive oil.  Once you smell all the aromas coming together, turn off the heat.  This should only take about 30 seconds or so.
  6. While the onions cool, blend chick peas until smooth. Then add onion mixture and blend until a fine purée.
  7. Sweet potatoes should be about ready now – remove from oven and allow them to cool just until they are ready to handle.  You can add them to the puree and blend – or, if you want more texture, simply mash them gently with a fork and then add them to the chick pea mixture, then store into mason jars. You can keep this in the fridge for a few days or freeze them in smaller jars to pull out for meals later.
the boss munching on a roasted sweet potato disc

the boss munching on a roasted sweet potato disc