My family loves carrots. It’s so healthy and delicious. Carrot and apple juice is our favourite drink for breakfast. Besides that, my family also loves carrot soup. It’s a perfect choice for a light meal. It can be very filling depending on how many portions you have and what you eat with. You can also use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock as seasoning to make it purely vegetarian.
Carrots come with a lot of health benefits:
- There is as much calcium in just nine carrots as there is in 250ml of whole milk.
- No other vegetable or fruit contains as much carotene as carrots; the body converts this into vitamin A.
- Vitamin A is key to the formation and maintenance of radiant skin, as well as bones and teeth development, and great vision.
- Beta–carotene, the antioxidant, occurs in carrots and may help reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.
- Carrots are fat–free foods. They have very little sodium and no cholesterol at all.
We had been enjoying carrot soup for the last 3 days, consecutively! Has to be record breaking….*grin*. On Friday, our church youths came over. I served them carrot soup and garlic bread on top of other dishes.
The next day, Saturday, we had the church ladies over for a fun time of exercise, healthy food and a health talk. Like the last ladies’ fun evening, everyone brought vegetable salad or fruits. I prepared a few dishes. One of them is carrot soup and garlic bread. I cooked a big pot of carrot soup. All was finished….not a drop left!….*big smiles*. I think everyone went for second or even third helping. For both events, I used carrots, big onions and Scotty Brand potatoes to make the soup. Just season with some chicken stock, light soya sauce and fried shallot oil.
We love garlic bread. Sometimes I make my own bread, spread with garlic butter and then bake it. If you don’t have time, just buy some from the supermarket. It’s very easy to make garlic bread. Just peel and finely mince the garlic. Use as much as you like, I always use a lot. Add the minced garlic into softened butter and mix well. You can add chopped parsley or coriander if you like. You can also use the dried ones if you don’t have time. Sprinkle some salt if you like it more salty. If you like it more crunchy, use a crusty bread and also bake it longer. If you like it soft, use a softer roll and don’t bake it so long. I like both.
If you had been following my blog, you will know that I like local produce. Not only do I support local farmers but I believe the produce are more fresh and nutritious. I tried the Scotty Brand potatoes which are produced here in Scotland, too, and found it really nice in texture and taste. I shared it with my friends and they liked it very much. For more on my Scotty Brand potato dishes, do check it out at:
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Scotty Brand not only produces potatoes. They also produce carrots. I find that their carrots are very fresh and sweet. It’s sold at Asda at 90p per packet. You can also get it at other major supermarkets. Over the weekend, I used it to make carrot soup. My usual carrot soup is big onions, carrots and potatoes. This gives it a creamy, colourful soup. This was what I cooked for the 2 dinners with friends over the weekend.
Sunday is always a busy day. So I decided to cook carrot soup again. It’s quick, filling and nutritious. We had it for lunch. I cooked a different carrot soup. We love the flavour and the taste very much. Here’s my simple healthy carrot soup recipe:
1 packet Scotty Brand carrots (800g)
4 sticks of celery (wash & cut into short length)
1 big onion (peeled and chopped)
1 big red onion (peeled and chopped)
1 knob ginger
1/2 whole garlic (peeled)
light soya sauce (I used Bragg’s)
Heat up some oil in a pot. Add the onions and fry till fragrant and translucent. Add water, ginger, garlic, carrots and celery. Let it boil until cooked. Let it cool a little and then put into a blender to blend. It’s a lot so you may need to blend it 2 times. Pour back into a pot and reboil. Add seasoning. Enjoy.
I actually got up early to make some buns. My girl had been pestering me to make our own bread. Actually bread is easily available here. It’s cheap too. But then my girl prefers homemade ones……hmmm. It’s not too difficult to make but not on Sunday! But well, I gave in. Mothers always find themselves too weak to say, ‘NO’ especially when kids want something healthier. I’m sure you will agree with me on that. But I prefer homemade bread too. Not only do they taste awesome but the house smells so good when baking the bread….*big smiles*
The amount of carrot soup that I cooked was more than enough for lunch. We had some to go with a lovely meal of lemon sole, tender stem broccoli and mashed potatoes. I still like to use the Scotty Brand potatoes to make the mash. My girl made the mash. I must say her mash was really delicious…..mmm
We love the fish. It is really easy to cook it. I bought it from Costco at the frozen section. There are 9-10 pieces in a box. We love the texture and the taste. My family likes it very much.
Hope you have a lovely weekend of friends, fun and food.
To make healthy carrot juice, you can check it out at my Health section.
Quote of the day……
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
- Tony Robbins