• Creamy Carrot Soup with Ginger with Creme Fraiche
  • Ingredients
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 8 large carrots, peeled, sliced
  • 5 new potatoes, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tb. minced ginger
  • Salt, pepper
  • 2 quarts organic chicken or vegetable stock or more as needed
  • Crème fraiche or plain yogurt, garnish
  • Chives, snipped, garnish
  • Procedure
  • 1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat and add the vegetables, sauté with the garlic, ginger, salt, pepper over med-hi heat until vegetables are slightly browned about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 2. Add the stock and bring to a simmer, cover and cook another 30 to 40 minutes, until vegetables are softened.
  • 3. Puree the solids in a processor or blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan. Heat through, taste, and adjust seasoning.
  • 4. Spoon a dollop of crème fraiche and snipped chives on each bowl and serve.
Holidays are a lovely time to be with friends and family and enjoy all kinds of wonderful meals, parties and over-indulgence.

About a week after New Years many of us are happy to scale back, clean up the food intake and possibly lose a few extra pounds.

I, for one, am ready for that task and one sure fire way to help yourself is to cook your own food. It truly is the only method for controlling your portions and assuring the quality of your  ingredients. It doesn’t have to be a big adjustment and in the winter comfort foods are more appealing so I stick with hearty soups, stews and vegetables to get back on track.

As we all know sugar, alcohol, fat and simple carbs are taxing to the liver so the goal is to cleanse these out in order for the liver to do it’s job. This is the reason so many professional healers and nutritionists recommend a cleanse after the New Year.

I recommend cutting down on animal protein and doubling your vegetable portions to help get your liver and immune system back in shape if you don’t have the discipline to start a cleanse.

Drinking plenty of water and juicing is helpful during this period and incorporating cleansing drinks such as unsweetened cranberry juice mixed with water or warm water with fresh lemon juice.

Here is a delicious and satisfying soup that is a staple in our house. Enjoy cooking and take the time to plan your meals ahead so you can stay on track and be able to meet your goals.

Carrot Ginger Soup 1

Creamy Carrot Soup with Ginger and Creme Fraiche

 

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