Carrot Soup w/ a Kick

>> Thursday, May 9, 2013

From start to finish, this recipe takes about 30 to 40 minutes of chopping, stirring, seasoning, blending, and taste testing. As far as soups go, it's pretty basic. We have made variations using different seasonings, so I encourage you to play around.

Ginger goes famously with carrots, though. I highly recommend using fresh whenever possible. Our ginger was moldy, however. Story of my life this week.

But enough about me. Soup's on!


What you'll need . . . 

  • 8 medium-large carrots, peeled + chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • salt + pepper to taste

Method . . . 

  1. Place the Earth Balance in a large saucepan over medium heat. When it's melted, saute the onions and garlic until they become glassy. Then add the carrots and cook for another 5 minutes. Then add the paprika, thyme, and ginger. Cook another five minutes. 
  2. Then pour in the vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and lower to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Until the carrots are tender.
  3. Let cool for 10 minutes and then blend in your blender. Return to the stove over low heat and season with the sugar, salt, and pepper.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for a week. Freezes great, too!

In other news, Stephen and I both dropped to the half marathon from the full for Wineglass last night. I'm simultaneously disappointed + thrilled. My goal is to get as close to 1:40 as possible. But I'll be writing more about this decision and my training plan soon. Ultimately, I know it was the right decision.

I've also recovered really well from the half marathon last weekend. My IT band is all better -- even after a few recovery runs. I think it was a warning sign. I don't take it lightly . . . but I am definitely on the mend. Still stoked about my 2-minute PR, too! I think trying to take 4+ minutes off this time is ambitious, but possible. Who knows!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Weekend Things post. My favorite of the week :)

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