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Carrot Ginger Soup

29 Mar

My boyfriend raves that this is his favorite soup so far! It might be because it’s made with coconut milk, which is pretty decadent. I like to make this soup in a slow cooker because it’s easy, but you can also sautée the vegetables and then add the remaining ingredients, to cook over a stovetop.

The nutritional info at the bottom of this recipe comes from the label on the can of coconut milk I used, and from http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

ingredients for carrot soup

Ingredients

1½ pounds carrots, chopped (about 10 carrots)

2 onions, chopped

3 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth

1 14oz can coconut milk

½ cup water

¼ cup orange juice

1½  tsp fresh ginger grated (or ¾  tsp dried)

Spice Blend (see right) or 3 Tbsp curry powder

sea salt to taste

Spice Blend:

1 Tbsp cumin

1½ tsp coriander

1½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp paprika

⅛ tsp nutmeg

Directions
1. Put all ingredients into a slow cooker. Stir.

A monkey and a slow cooker

A monkey and ingredients for carrot ginger soup

2. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 4-6 hours.

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3. Purée using an immersion blender or regular blender. Serve. Makes about 10 cups.

slow cooker carrot ginger soup

See? I told you this was easy!

 

Nutrition Information
per 1 cup serving
Calories: 113
Total Fat: 9 g
Saturated Fat: 7.7 g
Sodium: 69 mg
Sugars: 4.9 g
Protein: 1.8 g

Nutritional info is approximate! A big takeaway here though is that the amount of sodium in a bowl of homemade soup is far less than what you’ll find in a store-bought can of soup.

Slightly Less Sinful: Carrot Brownies

22 Jun

Carrots in the brownies? You’d never know it!

After making absolutely delicious brownies from Blue Egg Baking’s Mix, I wanted to see if I could imitate it with my own recipe, from scratch. This one comes very close – it’s fudgey and moist! I used grated carrots in the brownies, but you can use zucchini or summer squash as well.

Carrot brownie batter

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup carrots, grated and excess liquid removed
  • ½ cup coconut oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and add in grated carrots and oil
  4. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in greased 8-inch square pan for 22-24 minutes.
  6. Let cool, then cut into squares and serve!

Carrot brownie

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