Carrot & Coconut Soup

I am a big soup fan; it’s tasty, warming and you can make it in big batches (that you can freeze ahead and then defrost for an easy lunch. Easy lunches are the best lunches). This carrot and coconut soup is beautifully sweet and creamy, with a helping of fresh chilli for an added kick. It’s also a great recipe for pressure cooking if you have one (browning function followed by soup function).

Carrots are packed with Vitamin A – essential for healthy skin and eyesight – it also supports the absorption of iron in the body.. In fact, 60g of cooked carrots contains 70% of your RDA. Chilli has also been found to be a health-promoting food, creating an anti-inflammatory effect in the body which can help protect against certain cancers.

100% Plant-Based. Gluten-Free. Nut-Free. Soy Free.



Difficulty

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Keeps for up to 3 days in the fridge / can be frozen for later

Ingredients

Makes 4 – 6 bowls

  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (keep the seeds in for an extra kick)
  • 1 tbs olive oil (if you want to go oil free leave this out)
  • 3 parsnips, slice
  • 1kg of carrots, sliced
  • 750ml of vegetable stock (made up with 4 tsp of vegetable bullion)
  • 1 can of light coconut milk
  • Kefir lime leave (fresh or dried works)
  • A pinch of pink Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

Method

Gently heat your olive oil in a large pot then add the garlic, chilli, celery and onion. If you’re not using oil, replace with a little water for this step. Sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring to avoid burning. Add in the rest of the veg and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the stock, coconut milk, and seasoning and bring to the boil. Allow the pot to boil rapidly for 10 minutes.

Reduce to the lowest heat setting and leave to simmer for 20 -30 minutes (or until the veg are soft).

Remove the lime leaves. Using a stick blender or liquidiser, blend the soup. Give it a taste – if it needs a little more seasoning, you can add it at this point.

Serve with some fresh peashoots & crusty bread


Enjoy fresh & tasty recipes?

Like a little spice? Try this one-pot curry…

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