Carrot and ginger soup ‘good for your soul’

In the mood for a bowl of soup to warm the cockles! I proceeded to make this healing combination one cold evening this week. It was popular with all of the family and it took all of my attention to making sure I had enough left for my lunch the following day.

This soup is not only delicious and easy to make but also absolutely packed with nutrients for cleansing, preventing ill health and not to mention a powerful healing source. There are so many health benefits I could keep you here for weeks, however, I will try to keep this short and sweet!

The wonderful thing about carrots is that they are in season* most of the year round, they are popular with children due to the sweetness and are packed with so many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including beta-carotene, which is essential for great skin and supportive of growth and eye health. Carrots and apples are high in soluble fibre, which is helpful in lowering blood sugars, supporting the growth of good bacteria, and, of course, supporting healthy bowel movements!

The beauty of this recipe is that every single ingredient has powerful health promoting properties and is one of the first ones I would recommend to my clients suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory which is known to support a reduction in pain and swelling. Ginger deserves its own section as it has been recommended for medicinal use for centuries to help colds, nausea, arthritis, headaches e.t.c. Research has uncovered 14 bioactive compounds, including the most studied which is ‘gingerol’ found to be effective in reducing feelings of sickness. Ginger has also been suggested to have anti-cancer properties although studies have mostly focused on the individual compounds, therefore conflicting and contradictory results are reported.

However, fresh ginger to me can only be a good thing, the fragrant smells from the ginger oils present are just beautiful. There are not many days go by that I do not include a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger into my green smoothie, a stir fry, a salad dressing or a soup.

Preparation tip: Buy a large ginger root, peel and then chop into thumb sized pieces. Store in a container in the freezer and take out the ginger as and when you want to add it to a dish.

Ingredients
serves 4

7 medium carrots
1 medium to large organic apple
1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
a quarter of fresh red chilli/chilli flakes
1 tsp turmeric
2 cloves of garlic
1 thumb size of miso
tsp of avocado oil (or your choice of cold pressed oil)
sea salt/Himalayan and black pepper to season
2 tbsp of coconut milk/cream

  • Chop all of the ingredients, peel the carrots if not organic, and leave the skin on the apple for more nutrients.
  • Add a little water to make the miso into a liquid paste in a cup.
  • Soften the garlic and chilli (and onion if you are adding)in the oil at medium heat in a large pan.
  • Add in all of the rest of the ingredients including seasoning, adding water to cover all of the vegetables and a little more. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes until the carrots are soft enough to blend.
  • Turn off the heat and add the coconut milk, cool for a little while and then blend until smooth.
  • Serve with fresh coriander.

additional options: add celery and or onion to provide more nutrients and gut health promoting properties. Also topping the soup with a generous bunch of coriander really adds to the flavour.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know if I can help you and I would love to see your comments on this soul healing dish.

Lots of love and health,

Kelly x

References and information links

https://www.vegsoc.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=525#

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/

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