Vegetarian Recipe: Ginger Carrot Soup

Ginger Carrot SoupCarrot soup is made more delectable with dry white wine, curry powder, and ginger in this recipe adapted from The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Alukins. In this vegetable soup recipe, onions, ginger, and garlic are sautéed in butter. Chicken stock, dry white wine, and carrots are added and simmered until the carrots are tender and flavored with fresh lemon juice, curry powder, salt, and ground pepper. The soup is pureed until smooth and can be served either hot or cold. This is especially delicious with crusty bread or a side of salad. This delicious soup is also quite therapeutic and can help alleviate cold or flu.

Ginger carrot soup can be served as refreshing easy appetizers or a light meal with salad and bread. If you want a vegetarian version, you can use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. The curry powder and ginger adds a subtle spice to the dish and a tingling sensation in the palate. The wonderful aroma of the soup also adds to the eating experience and the beautiful color of the dish enlivens any dinner table.

Use an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor for pureeing the soup. If you are using a regular blender, puree the soup in batches and reheat them before serving (or chill in the fridge and serve cold). There are many ways you can garnish this dish. For a healthy option, garnish the dish with yogurt and herbs like parsley, celery, basil, thyme, or coriander.

Ingredients: 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 large yellow onion, diced, ¼ cup freshly grated ginger root, 3 garlic cloves, minced, 7 cups chicken stock, 1 cup dry white wine, 1 ½ lbs. carrots, peeled and sliced into ½ in. pieces, 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, Curry powder, Sea salt, Freshly ground pepper

Preparation Instructions: Ginger Carrot Soup Recipe

In a stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, ginger, and garlic, sautéing for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the stock, wine, and carrots. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Using an immersion blender, traditional blender, or food processor, puree the soup, working in batches. Add the juice, a pinch of curry powder, and salt and pepper.

For a more savory soup, you can garnish with bacon bits, caramelized onions, fried garlic, sautéed mushrooms, croutons, sour cream, diced hard-boiled egg. You can also garnish the soup with diced and blanched carrots, sautéed asparagus, diced zucchini, cucumber, broccoli, or grilled eggplant. Ginger carrot soup is also delicious with Indian flatbreads like roti or chapatti.

Source: www.gourmandia.com

Organic recipes

Organic foods aren’t grown the traditional and commercial way.

It eliminates the use of synthetic pesticides or chemical food additives so that the food on the table is not only healthy to the body but also healthy to the environment since produce are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, which best recipes in the world have the potential to harm soil and water, which could effect aquatic wildlife.  Depending on the state or country you’re in, there are standards set for products to be certified as organic.  Since organic foods have easy cooking recipiesa lesser yield than those farmed using traditional methods, they are priced a bit more expensive than those farmed using commercial means.

 

Organic foods are touted to potentially have higher nutritional value than conventional food.  The reason: In the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, plants boost their production of the phytochemicals.  Probably that’s also the reason why many celebrities have chosen to follow this type of diet.  Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Kate Bosworth, and designer Marc Jacobs follow this green diet, and this makes it popular among most people with their influence.

 

Organic vegetables can be tossed in a simple salad drizzled with vinaigrette dressing for a light lunch paired with clear soup or grilled poultry with shake made from fresh fruits and vegetables (carrot or cucumber shake, anyone?).  Vegetarians can have bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and some mushrooms or tofu grilled during a barbecue.  How about broccoli sticks for appetizers instead of chips?  Bull fillet with farmhouse rice makes a full, hearty meal paired with soup.  At the dessert section, fruits may be eaten fresh as they are, such as apples, strawberries, and pears to enjoy its organic goodness or cook old favorites such as apple pie or cherry pie using these “green” fruits.

 

An organic food diet not only does wonders for the body (as celebrities claim this as secret to their awesome bodies) but also does wonders for the environment, since farming produce does not use chemicals which could damage the ecosystem we’re taking care of.  To take “going green” further, it would be great to also use reusable eco-friendly bags too while grocery shopping for your meal’s ingredients instead of relying on disposable plastic or paper bags that contribute to carbon footprint.  Who would have thought that there is a choice to still eat healthy, enjoy delicious meals, while doing something good for one’s body and the environment? Enjoy going green and organic!