Hello! It is only day 2 of Spring quarter and I am already feelin’ the heat! And by heat I mean pressure, not really the temperature. Unfortunately. Hopefully, the sun will come out to play and stay put soon! I am so much happier when it is warm and sunny :). Before the weather gets hot all around the country, I wanted to post these two awesome soup recipes. Both involve carrots and nut butter and each is delicious in its own way. The tahini soup is savory with a Middle Eastern flavor flare, and the peanut butter soup is perfect for all the PB addicts out there. Be warned though, they are so good you just want to keep eating it – but they are filling.
I will post again very soon with a look at Spring quarter classes and some new purchases that I am in LOVE with!
carrot tahini soup
only one photo because the two soups… looked the same
Recipe: Makes 4 servings
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 fat leek, excluding dark green area
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 lb carrots
- 1 quart veg broth
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1/3 cup tahini
- fresh lemon juice, to taste
Directions – In a soup pot, over medium heat, pour in oil, then add leek and saute until translucent. about 4 minutes. Add garlic, salt, pepper, coriander, turmeric, and cayenne, and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots and stir to coat them with leek mixture. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, then add broth, thyme, and 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, partly cover, and cook until carrots are tender, about 25 minutes. When carrots are tender, remove thyme branches and stir in tahini. Using an immersion blender (or transfer to a food processor/blender), puree soup until smooth. Return to pot and reheat if necessary. Taste and add lemon juice. Add salt to taste.
roasted carrot & peanut butter soup
Recipe Makes ~3 servings
adapted from Katie Did
- 1 lb. carrots (7-8 large)
- 1 medium white onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, salt and pepper all to taste
- 2 cups chicken or veg broth
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/4th cup peanut butter, any variety
- fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts to garnish, if desired
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel, wash, and cut carrots into sticks. Dice onion. Toss carrots, onion, and two peeled cloves of garlic with melted coconut oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, salt, and pepper all to taste.
Let veggies roast for 30-40 minutes until beginning to brown. Transfer to a deep pot and add chicken broth and coconut milk. Cover, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add peanut butter.
Transfer soup mixture in batches to a blender and blend until smooth.
Taste and adjust seasonings as desired!
Tahini * a good source of essential unsaturated fatty acids, copper, iron, calcium, fiber and B vitamins. Copper is good for treating some of the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Magnesium can help lower blood pressure and help women going through menopause maintain normal sleeping patterns.
Peanut butter * a great source of manganese, Vitamin E, tryptophan (calming!), niacin, folate, and copper! Peanuts also contain lots of healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants! They have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and have been shown to significantly lower your chances of getting colorectal cancer.
Coconut * coconut gets a bad rap because of its saturated fat content, but its fatty acids are mainly medium-chain triglycerides, not long-chain. The long-chain triglycerides are bad for our cholesterol levels, but coconut has been shown to improve cholesterol levels. Animal studies suggest that medium-chain triglycerides can increase metabolism.
Carrots * a prime source of vitamin A and antioxidants