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Meatless Monday: Sweet Carrot Ginger Bisque

If you are anything like me you are craving soup 24/7 in this cold winter weather. My favorite type of soup for this season is something thick and chunky or a velvety pureed soup. That’s what you got here and since it uses almond milk instead of cream, you’ve got a low-fat, divine creamy soup. I don’t have a photo because all my photos from the cookbook are on a hard-drive at home and I’m in Portland right now (which I’m loving!!).

Sweet Carrot Ginger Bisque

(makes 5 to 7 servings)

Carrots are jammed packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene, making them excellent veggies for vision and to protect against cancers. And since they are naturally sweet carrots are great at regulating blood sugar. The oil is optionally, so feel free to leave it out if you want to reduce the fat.

1 tablespoon coconut oil or 1/2 cup water

3 cups sliced carrots (about 4 carrots)

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon paprika

4+ cups filtered water

2 cups unsweetened almond milk (rice or soy milk can be used)

2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

2 tablespoons ginger juice* (optional)

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Pinch of cayenne (optional) and black pepper

Sea salt, to taste

Fresh herbs, for garnish


Heat oil or water in medium stockpot over medium heat. Add carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. Add spices and sauté for 3 more minutes. Stir in water and almond milk and bring to a boil. Simmer covered until carrots are soft, about 15 minutes.

Let cool slightly then puree with an emersion blender or in a blender. Return to pot. Stir in the rest of ingredients and season with sea salt to taste. Cook for 5 more minutes over low flame or until hot. Serve immediately garnished with fresh herbs.

* chef note: To make ginger juice, grate a 2 inch piece of ginger with a zester or Japanese ceramic grated, then squeeze out the juice.


What are your favorite winter soups?


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  1. I often don't have all the ingredients your recipes call for, but I do for this one. Excitement! In fact, I think I'll give it a shot tonight. In the winter, I find that I usually crave thick chowders with potatoes and other root vegetables, but when I'm short on time will go straight for a miso and shiitake broth with lots of noodles.

  2. Jen, if you ever need tips on substitutions let me know. My recipes use the highest quality, healthful ingredients, but are really versatile and certain ingredients can be easily substituted for something you have on hand. Like the brown rice syrup could be substituted for 1 tablespoon maple syrup or cane sugar.

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