Healthy Carrot Soup

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Healthy carrot, onion and celery soup

Healthy carrot, onion and celery soup

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.

A BIG pot of carrot soup

A BIG pot of carrot soup

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.

Delicious garlic bread

Delicious garlic bread

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:
Scottish Food - Salmon Stovies
Cooking Chicken Curry Is Really Simple And Easy.

Scotty Brand carrots

Scotty Brand carrots

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:

Ingredients
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)
chicken stock
light soya sauce (I used Bragg’s)

Carrots and celery

Carrots and celery

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.

Homemade bread rolls

Homemade bread rolls

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*

A lovely meal!

A lovely meal!

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

Lemon sole from Costco

Lemon sole from Costco

Lemon sole from the box

Lemon sole from the box

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.

Other carrot recipes that you may be interested in:
Brandy Carrots
Ribbon Carrot Stir Fry
Healthy Sweet Potato carrot Soup
Healthy Carrot Butternut Squash Soup

To make healthy carrot juice, you can check it out at my Health section.

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27 Comments

Blackswan  on April 30th, 2012

Just back from shopping trip in Korea. It’s nice to be greeted by a lovely recipe. Lots of blog hopping to catch up :) Have a good week ahead!

Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet  on April 30th, 2012

You have some great ideas, and I want to make this soup. I just don’t get around to making carrot soup much! We are getting a Cosco near us soon, I think it will open this summer! :D

Juliana  on April 30th, 2012

Your carrot soup looks delicious, creamy and so pretty. You sure were very busy over the weekend Mary :)
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

suituapui  on April 30th, 2012

I love this! But carrots are expensive in Sibu…so I’d stick to pumpkin soup. Cheaper…and nice too! LOL!!!

Mary  on April 30th, 2012

@Blackswan - Oh wow….that must be fun! I miss Korea. It’s such a beautiful place. I love the culture and the food. The food is so healthy. I am sure you did a lot of shopping. HOpe to read from your blog soon :D

@Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet - Wonderful to know there’s going to be a Costco near your place soon. You are going to enjoy that. I love wondering in Costco, looking at stuff and tasting food :D There are some good food that you can only find in Costco. I think it’s a place that you can really spend money…hehe

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! Hope you have wonderful week too :D

@suituapui - Oooh, I love pumpkin soup too. I also love fried pumpkin. My mom used to fry it with ikan bilis….very delicious…mmmm :D

somewhere in singapore  on April 30th, 2012

The foods makes me hungry, lol

busygran  on April 30th, 2012

Nice and thick carrot soup! Goes well with well-toasted garlic bread! Yum!

claire  on May 1st, 2012

Hello Mary, this meal looks very healthy to me… a well balanced meal… :)

Priya  on May 1st, 2012

Hearty and healthy soup..

5 Star Foodie  on May 1st, 2012

The carrot soup sounds really healthy and looks silky smooth and delicious!

Jon @ vodkitchen  on May 1st, 2012

This is bound to work out for me… I love squash soup and other veggie purees… looks good!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on May 1st, 2012

What a satisfying and tasty meal! Love those garlic bread slices too.

TasteHongKong  on May 2nd, 2012

So many lovely things here … the bread, the soup, and your daughter’s help … : )

vianney  on May 2nd, 2012

silky and creamy carrot soup, delish!

Mistletoe  on May 2nd, 2012

Hahaha! Someone likes carrot soup. I need to make fun of her now :P. This recipe couldn’t have came at a better time. I have half a bag of carrots and half a bag of celery left over from my turkey soup that I’ve been wondering what to do with. I’m going to try this recipe. When you say add water, you meant the chicken broth, right? And how much approximately? It wasn’t stated in your ingredients list. Thanks for sharing again! Oh btw, LOVE garlic bread. So do my kiddies. I’m lazy and usually buy the Costco ones. I agree with you and your daughter though, nothing better than homemade bread. Okies, off to jab at someone now :P. Hugs!

Yummy bakes  on May 2nd, 2012

I love that pot of carrot soup - so smooth and creamy.

Treat and Trick  on May 2nd, 2012

Easy and nutritious! I love soup too!

Mary  on May 3rd, 2012

@somewhere in singapore - Hehe…. :D

@busygran - Thanks very much! :D

@claire - You can get away not eating vegetables. It’s all in the soup :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@Jon @ vodkitchen - Thanks very much, Jon! I love squash soup too :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much, Maureen! :D

@vianney Thanks very much, Vianney! :D

@Mistletoe - Oh, has there been anyone here not liking carrot soup? Well, not this time round though :D Yes, I mean add water. But you can use the turkey soup. That would make it even more delicious. Just add more water if you want your soup more watery. Have fun cooking and hope your whole family likes this soup. I will be cooking it again later…for dinner….mmmm :D

@Yummy bakes - Thanks very much! :D

@Treat and Trick Thanks very much! :D

tigerfish  on May 3rd, 2012

I know a friend who love carrots so much that her palms turn yellow-orange due to too much carrots (beta-carotene)!

I enjoy carrots too! And it is also good to saute carrots in a little oil due to the fat-soluble vitamins in carrots.

skip to malou  on May 5th, 2012

when i hear carrot i immediately categorize it as healthy hahah.. sounds like a quick fix and yet healthy packed meal.
thanks for coming over and keeping in touch again mary.
cheers,
malou

Noble Nourishment  on May 8th, 2012

Awww, Mary, I love that the ladies come round to yours for health talk and excersize :) I’m sure they loved your carrot soup! You’ve inspired me to make it this weekend… how could I not, after seeing that gorgeous bit pot of bubbling soup? Mmmm I bet it’s delish!

Have a lovely day :)

Only Fish Recipes  on May 9th, 2012

what a delicious soup!!!!loved the vibrant color !!!

Katerina  on May 12th, 2012

The first time I ate garlic bread was during my visit to Scotland some 20 years ago and I loved it. This soup looks amazing!

kristy  on May 15th, 2012

Hope you are all well, Mary.
Blessings
Kristy

noobcook  on May 15th, 2012

I love carrots too - I even eat it on its own as a snack. Your soup looks delicious and chunky!

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