Eating healthy food doesn’t mean you are depriving yourself of good tasting food. It also doesn’t have to involve complicated, time consuming prep work. All you need is the right spice combinations. This spiced carrot soup has just a few ingredients, but the spices make a simple batch of carrots come to life. Also, just by taking a few minutes to add some tasty toppers, like the crispy kale chips, cilantro and red onion, you are giving the dish not just added flavor enhancers, but a restaurant style look. When food looks good, we crave it, want it and enjoy it so much more than if we just plopped it down on the plate. The kale chips are not essential, but they honestly take this dish to another level. Add some thinly sliced red onion on top and it enhances it even more.
1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 whole cinnamon stick
1 teaspoons cumin
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups chopped carrots
5 cups water
Small handful fresh cilantro, chopped (optional garnish)
Thinly sliced red onion, approximately 6 slices per bowl (optional garnish)
Kale Chips Ingredients
6 kale leaves
1 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Cook the onions, stirring until soft. Approximately 2 minutes.
Stir in the ginger, cinnamon stick, cumin and garlic. Stirring for 1 minute to release the flavors. Add carrots, water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low; simmering until carrots are soft. Remove the cinnamon stick.
*Cook the Kale Chips during this time. Directions are below*
Using a handheld blender, blend soup until smooth. If you don’t have a handheld, you can blend the soup in batches in a blender. Return to soup pot once complete.
Ladle soup into serving bowl, top with Kale Chips, sliced onion and cilantro.
Directions for Kale Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove rough center portion of kale leaves. Toss the leaves with oil and smoked paprika. Lay them evenly out on a baking sheet and bake in oven until crispy. This will take approximately 10 minutes, but keep an eye on it so the kale doesn’t burn.
*Dollop of plain Greek yogurt
*Diced green, red or orange bell peppers
*Chopped basil or parsley
*Homemade garlic croutons
You don’t need smoked paprika to make these kale chips tasty. You can toss them with olive oil, sea salt and black pepper and they will be just as delicious. Practice with your favorite spices and seasonings until you find what your taste buds like.
Contagiously Positive Health Tip
Find a few healthy meals that you enjoy cooking and eating and cycle through them. This might sound boring, eating the same thing over and over again, but it is just until you create the habit. This will create the habit of preparing, cooking and eating healthy foods, instead of it feeling like a daunting experience. When you create a routine that you enjoy, you are more likely to stick to it and think of it as a long-term lifestyle instead of a diet.