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Raw or Not Carrot Soup

carrot soup

I am sure most of you have heard of a raw foods diet. If you haven’t it’s exactly what it sounds like- a diet that usually consists of raw fruits and vegetables. While I agree that we should all make an effort to consume more raw fruits and vegetables (bring on the carrot soup!) I do not follow a strictly raw diet.  I believe there are plenty of valid reasons to include both raw and cooked foods in my diet. Check out this video to learn a bit more about raw versus cooked foods.

Anyways, back to the recipe. I am now  the proud owner of a brand new Vitamix and have been experimenting with soups. I came across a curried carrot soup recipe on Raw Blend and tweaked it a little based on what was in my cupboard. The result makes for a warming starter or meal for those cold winter months. Maybe you can share a bowl with a loved one on this chilly Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s has passed here in Australia. Oddly, enough I spent the Hallmark holiday wandering around a meat festival with Will (it’s a long story).

Although I am currently living in Australia, and it’s hot as blazes over here, I still get winter food cravings from time to time. My body has not fully adjusted to the difference in seasons. I still want pumpkin pie in October and steaming hot stuffing at Christmas. I am emotionally attached to the flavours I associate with the Canadian seasons. Hope everyone back home enjoys this one for me!

Raw or Not Carrot Soup

Ingredients:

  • 5 large carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger or 1/2 inch fresh grated ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, crushed peanuts and lime for garnish

Directions:

  1. Chop the carrots, parsnip and onion into large chunks.
  2. Place all ingredients into your food processor.
  3. Blend on high until desired temperature is reached. If you would like it to be raw do not heat above 45°C or 118°F.
  4. Serve in large bowls with chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts and a squeeze of lime on top.
Notes: Of course, you can also cook this soup in a pot and blend with a wand or less powerful food processor/blender. Or simply heat it up in your food processor to above  45°C or 118°F. 

2 Comments

  1. Joyce Hamelin says

    I’m not sure what you mean by “heat it up in your blender” ? Can you do that? How?

    • Jocelyne Lamarche says

      You can only do that if you have a really high quality blender or food processor. The blade inside my Vitamix spins at such a high speed it actually begins heating up the food after a minute or two. If you don’t own that kind of a equipment you can still have raw soup. Just blend until smooth then add hot water to heat it up. Or you can cook your food by heating it up on the stove and then blending afterwards.

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