Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

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Yesterday, a few of you expressed interest for the Creamy Sweet Potato Bake recipe, so I thought, why not kick off the Meal Planning Week with this casserole dish? The rainy and gloomy weather suited it well too.

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Sadly, it was a bust!

It turned out bland and the flavours were just off. It had all the right components- kale, sweet potato, fusilli pasta, homemade bread crumbs, with plenty of creamy sauce, but they just didn’t add up for me.

Strangely enough, Eric loved this casserole. With ketchup, that is! He said he will eat leftovers for lunch so at least it won’t go to waste.

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I first saw Joy’s Carrot Apple Ginger Soup when I was in the depths of my flu, unable to speak or taste anything (except sugar). This bright orange soup called my name and I thought it was just what I needed to heal myself. I also figured a soup this gorgeous and bright would awaken my taste buds.

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But that soup never happened. In my dreams, maybe!

It was a good idea in theory, but I was too sick to move let alone cook something. I just pretended what it might be like to eat this soup when sick. I’m sure it would have been very healing. :)

Yesterday, I was feeling rather energetic and this soup just had to be made. The last thing I wanted was to eat another bland tasting dish!

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I made a few light modifications to the original recipe:

  • I reduced the olive oil from 3 tbsp down to 1 tbsp
  • I used 2 garlic cloves instead of 1
  • I used a large apple instead of a small apple

 

I had a feeling this soup was either going to blow my mind or be a huge flop.

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But, how can you go wrong with apple, carrots, and ginger?

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You just can’t.

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So strap on those goggles and get chopping!

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I feel like we are far enough along in our relationship that I can reveal to you my onion chopping secret.

Meet, the Onion Goggle.

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OSGMOM gave me these a while ago and I was hesitant to use them for a long time, but now I don’t chop an onion without them! They don’t prevent tears 100%, but I would say they have cut down onion related tears about 80-90%. I only wished they worked on PMS tears too!

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My favourite time to cook is at sunset- I love the way the light beams into the kitchen. :)

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When you begin cooking down the soup, it will look bland. Very bland. I was a bit nervous at this point.

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After simmering for 20 minutes, transfer it to a blender (you may have to do this in batches as you don’t want to fill it more than halfway), add a pinch of nutmeg, and blend until smooth. You could probably also use an immersion blender if you have one.

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The soup came alive! Just look at that gorgeous colour.

I got a bit too excited because I burned my tongue trying it! When will I ever learn?

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I was really worried the soup was going to taste like this…

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Instead of this…

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To my delight, this was one of the best homemade soups I have tasted. I was afraid that the ginger was going to be too spicy for me, but it wasn’t at all. It was just perfect in every way.

You must try this soup. I will be making it again and again…it’s in the vault!

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Carly May 3, 2011

I totally need a pair of PMS goggles. Or perhaps just more wine!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

If you find some, please let me know!

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Andrea May 3, 2011

ps going to make this bread today to go with the soup. I have never done bread this way but I hear it is easy and really really good!!

http://steamykitchen.com/168-no-knead-bread-revisited.html

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Andrea May 3, 2011

oops replied in the wrong spot, sorry…..still going to make bread today :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

I made that a while back (http://ohsheglows.com/2010/12/20/4-ingredient-no-knead-bread/) and it turned out ok…I think I might have done something wrong though because it didnt rise much!

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Marit May 4, 2011

Hey
I blogged my “perfect” no-knead-bread yesterday. Lots of rye end grain plus a carrot for sweetness…
I promise… 100%…. that you can not go wrong with this bread!
The trick to the rising is to use luke-warm water…

http://eclipseofthenight.blogspot.com/p/food-and-drink.html

Marit

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 4, 2011

thanks!

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 3, 2011

That color is gorgeous! I have never had carrot soup, but I’m sure I would like it. Yum :)

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Andrea May 3, 2011

Thank you for your blog, it has really changed the way I cook and how I look at food. I can’t wait to make this soup today, I know it wont be a family favourite but I think it is worth making just to make me happy. I have started to look at cooking as a gift. I don’t shop, buy things, pamper myself, but I do love making things that I know I will love. I think I am worth that effort.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

Thank you Andrea! I couldn’t agree more.

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M July 13, 2012

I also wanted to thank you. This blog is amazing!

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Marina May 3, 2011

Those goggles are so cool :))
I made a simillar soup once, with butternut squash, carrots, apple and bunch of spices. It took care of my cold pretty well. It was only a mess eating it, because my nose couldn’t stop running from all the spices :D

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Marit May 4, 2011

ohh that sounds like a plan… could i have that recipe please?

Hugs
Marit

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Marina May 4, 2011

Oh gosh, I really don’t know, I never use a recipe! I just sauteed on some olive oil carrots and squash, added water, salt, pepper, chili,,ginger, curry and pepper, cooked that for about 20 min, added apple, cooked more, and then blended the whole thing!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 3, 2011

What a great soup for spring! Too bad the other recipe didn’t work out, but we all have those days!

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Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc May 3, 2011

Coincidentally, I made this soup when I was having my cold last week too! You’re right! You simply can’t go wrong with apples,ginger and carrots. Your photos are beautiful:)

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 3, 2011

I love the onion goggles!

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Julie @ Shining From Within May 3, 2011

omg your onion goggles are hilarious! I also heard chilling the onion in the fridge before chopping helps prevent tears- and I can agree, it does! This would be great in the summer chilled maybe? Like a gazpacho?? :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

I tried it cold and wasn’t a big fan…but maybe I am not a cold soup person…im not sure! I have to make gazpacho soon…well, when it gets warm!
That is a fun tip about chilling the onions :)

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Radha May 3, 2011

Hi Angela! Hope you continue to feel better! Looks good! Nice photos! It is our birthday month <3

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Heather (heathers dish) May 3, 2011

Serious, thick and creamy soup sounds heavenly right now! It’s such a gorgeous color too…how could you not feel happy and sunny when eating it?!?!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes May 3, 2011

This soup looks lovely. I’ve never thought to put carrots and ginger together like that before.

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com May 3, 2011

This soup sound fabulously refreshing! Love the Onion Goggles! What a cute idea!

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Christina @ The Athletarian May 3, 2011

That soup looks so delicious! It’s perfect for the gloomy weather we are having in Toronto. A nice, warm, comforting bowl of soup! Thanks for the recipe :)

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ellalinea May 3, 2011

Damn that soup has the most gorgeous colour! I will try this asap :)

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious May 3, 2011

Carrots, apple & ginger is a winning combo as far as I’m concerned! I love soups that are chock full of veggies and then blended to creamy perfection!

PS – I love those goggles – think of them as the Oakleys of your kitchen ;-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

now I will feel even cooler when wearing them! ;)

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Suzanne Williams May 3, 2011

Yes, is there anything to take away PMS tears? Good one, I really liked that, got a good giggle. I just can’t bring myself to like ginger and I wish I could b/c it’s good for you. The casserole actually looked tasty. Hate that it was a bit bland. Glad you are feeling better. Sure you’re glad you got over it and have some energy now.
Suzanne Williams

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

Im not a big ginger fan either, but I actually couldn’t taste the ginger much in this soup. I was very surprised. But maybe that is my wonky taste buds still showing up!

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Suzanne Williams May 3, 2011

Oh thank you. I will give it a try then. Thanks.
Suzanne

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Ashley May 3, 2011

This looks like the sun that’s already blazing out here in the desert! Sorry, I didn’t mean to bum you out:( But we could trade places! haha, I’d love a gloomy day:) This soup looks absolutely amazing– I’m just beginning to have a love for soup! What a great spring recipe:)

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amy @ findyourstrength.ca May 3, 2011

Oooooh yummy! I just bought some carrots too! Guess what I’m having for supper!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite May 3, 2011

I just love the colors of this soup!! Soup pretty & appetizing!

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Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 3, 2011

Mmm… I know ginger is a serious “winter” food, but in the spring I crave it like mad; it’s such a refreshing flavor!

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Lauren May 3, 2011

Mmmm that soup looks awesome, perfect combo of flavors. The onion googles are so sweet, I didn’t know they existed until I saw them on a commercial for an episode of Modern Family, haha!

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Gwenevere May 3, 2011

I’ve been looking for a creamy carrot soup recipe for a long long time. I’ll be trying this out, I may swap the apple for a pear though.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

mmm pear would be great too.

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Gwenevere May 3, 2011

I’ve been looking for a creamy carrot soup recipe for a long long time. I’ll be trying this out, I may swap the apple for a pear though.

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Faith @ lovelyascharged May 3, 2011

PMS tear goggles = best idea EVER. I can’t think of a single woman in the world who wouldn’t want them…it could be a billion dollar idea!

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Sara May 3, 2011

Onion goggles?!? Is that a Canada thing? :) I need some; I have such an outrageous reaction to onions. It gets way more dramatic than necessary. But I can’t stop myself because purple onions are so beautiful…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

I think it’s a nerd thing ;)

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Namaste Gurl May 3, 2011

That soup looks amazing- you had me at carrot and ginger. I absolutely LOVE anything involving carrots, and esp ginger and apple! Maybe a dash of coconut milk in it would be a lovely addition, too :)

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Stephanie @ LiveCookLove May 3, 2011

I just want to reach into the computer screen and slurp up this soup immediately! This not only looks delicious, it is SO healthy! I can’t wait to make it!

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Rebecca May 3, 2011

I make a carrot soup a lot like that but with Peanut Butter! It’s so amazing that just a few ingredients can blend into something so tasty.
Those Onion Goggles are hysterical!! Now all we need is a picture of you wearing them ;)

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Ashley May 3, 2011

Onion goggles?!?! I’ve seen everything now haha. The soup looks delicious!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg May 3, 2011

That soup is so vibrant and beautiful! Wow. And the ingredients look so simple too!

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Mama Pea May 3, 2011

Really beautiful! Carrot ginger soup is my FAVORITE.

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McKella May 3, 2011

Onion goggles? That’s cool. I usually just use sunglasses when I dice onions, and they work pretty well for me.

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Char May 3, 2011

I’m glad the soup was a hit with your taste buds!! I always hate when something you think will be amazing, doesn’t turn out that – but good thing this didn’t disappoint you! Looking at the soup, I keep thinking butternut squash, which is my fave!

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Allison May 3, 2011

That soup looks delicious, and so simple ! Do you think it would still work if I used water instead of vegetable broth? Could I just add a little braggs to make up for the lack of flavor from the broth ?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

hmm not sure, I think it would be quite bland without it.

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Olya May 3, 2011

When I worked in the restaurant, we made our vegetable stock: just throw vegetables you have on hand in a pot (carrot, potato, onion, celery etc but not cabbage!) and boil for 40 min. We used all the peels: carrot, potato peels, onions skins etc. I like to add some peppercorns, thyme, bay leave and couple of garlic cloves. Basically anything you have on hand! It reduces waste and such a money saver. I find they charge way too much for organic veggie stock (I guess packaging would be expensive).

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Nicole @ Fresh & Fit May 3, 2011

Even though you said the casserole didn’t taste great, is sure does look great!

I love the combination of carrots, nutmeg and ginger. Another recipe to add to my recipe box!

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Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 3, 2011

These flavors would be great in a juice or smoothie, so why not a soup?! And please, let someone invent goggles for PMS tears!

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 3, 2011

My favorite fruit and my favorite veggie — all in one soup! Thanks, Angela!

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Barry May 3, 2011

Regarding ‘Creamy Sweet Potato Bake’, you say ‘strangely enough’ but if I remember my occasions with Eric correctly, the boy will consume pretty much anything ;-) It’s a man thing. Ketchup is important. I believe it is it’s own food group. Great post. Wish I had the focus and skill to prepare this soup. The pictures are outstanding.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011

Thanks Barry! hehe yea he will eat anything with ketchup on it… ;)

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Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) May 3, 2011

Yum! I love the bright color :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 3, 2011

This sounds so delicious and wholesome! Carrots and veggies are the fruit and vegetable that I consume the most of BY FAR, and this looks so bright and colourful! I love the photo of the knob of ginger too. Those onion goggles are something I’ve never even heard of before, but they are a genius invention!!

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