This soup is a nutrient powerhouse that helps our family get through the colds and flus that often derail the holiday season.
The carrots are rich in Beta-Carotene which the liver converts to Vitamin A. This is important because Vitamin A helps to rid the body of the various toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis. If our livers are not functioning properly, we are more susceptible to the viruses and bacteria that make us sick. A healthy liver is needed for a healthy body, so helping it do its job is like a natural form of health insurance.
This soup is smooth, creamy and mild. Kids will love its slight sweetness, and adults will appreciate the subtle undertones of ginger and coriander.
- carrots - 4 cups, chopped
- ginger - 1 thumb-sized piece
Ginger is very high in antioxidants. This spicy root helps with digestion and stimulates the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients to the body. Ginger also has a relaxing and cleansing effect on the body which helps to purge toxins.
- ghee - 1 tbsp (may use coconut oil)
- onion - 1 large
- apple - 1 large
“An apple a day” is an adage for a reason. Apples are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals. Apples are also a good source of the soluble fiber pectin, which can help detox metals and food additives from your body.
- garlic - 1 clove
Garlic is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and natural antibiotic. Garlic produces a chemical called allicin which promotes the production of white blood cells which help fight against toxins.
- coriander - 1 tsp
- caraway seeds - 1 tsp
- coconut milk - 3/4 cup
- chicken stock - 4 cups (may substitute vegetable stock)
- salt and pepper - to taste
Chop the carrots, onions, ginger, apple, and garlic.
Put the onion, garlic and ginger in a large saucepan with the ghee (or coconut oil) and cook on medium-high, stirring often, until the onion is transluscent.
Turn the heat down to low.
Add caraway seeds and coriander and mix. Simmer for a couple of minutes.
Add carrots and apple and mix to coat. Let that cook for two to three minutes.
Add chicken or vegetable stock. Turn heat up to medium-high and cover until the soup starts a low boil.
Stir every few minutes to keep it from burning.
When the soup starts to boil then turn the heat down to low, cover, and cook for about a 1/2 an hour or until the carrots are soft.
With a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth.
Add coconut milk. Mix well.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
The added bonus of this soup are the medicinal spices. Caraway seeds, ginger, garlic and coriander each assist in the detoxifying process. They are all anti-inflammatory, good for digestion, and contain numerous vitamins and minerals. Caraway seeds in particular are a good anti-flatuelant which, when you live in a house full of boys, is a very good thing.
Soup also makes a great lunchbox item. A warm thermos full of yummy soup makes for a happy belly when the cold wind is blowing outside.