Carrot Leek and Ginger Soup ~ Meatless Monday

Well we’ve just been having some wacky weather.  Freezing cold and rainy last week and up to 20C this weekend.  It’s still cool in the mornings though and I love nothing more than a crisp, sunny, fall day – makes for perfect running weather (for me anyway!)  Our gym doesn’t open until 11am on Sundays, so I like to go for a run those mornings.  It was a beautiful day and the leaves are just starting to change.  I snapped a few pics…20131006_102612 20131006_095901 20131006_100611 20131006_095944On a side note, I’ve recently jumped on the Instagram train! Yup, another social media app I can get addicted to 🙂 You can follow me here.  I’m warning you though, I may just bombard you with pics of food and my dog.

OK onto the recipe…photo 1(1)

Yields 6 cups

4 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup leeks, chopped
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
1/2 half gala apple, diced with skin on
3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp nutmeg
S&P

In a large pot, add the olive oil, carrot, leek, onion and garlic. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Brown on medium for about 5 minutes.photo 2(1)If you’re using a high-speed blender, at this point you could add all the ingredients and blend on high for 5 minutes until the soup is hot.  If not, add the vegetable broth, diced apple, spices and ginger to the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes.photo 3(1)Transfer this to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree the soup.

Dish up and enjoy!

Nutritional Info for 1 cup
63 Calories, 14g Carbs, 0g Fat, 1g Protein, 160mg Sodium, 8g Sugar

10 Comments

  • veganatomy October 7, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Yum, looks good! Is that a vitamix? I reeeally gotta bite the bullet and get one of those.

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    • thehappyhealthfreak October 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Thank you! And yes, It is!! Best investment ever. You won’t regret it 😉

      Reply
  • Laura October 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Looks delish, and fun fall pics! I imagine running in the fall would be very distracting with all the colours everywhere!! If I’m hiking I stop so often to look around it’s hard to keep up a steady sweat! lol. But ahh well…smell the roses and all that, no? 🙂

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    • thehappyhealthfreak October 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      The funny thing is I never take my phone or anything with me (just my music!) and when I was leaving I thought I just had to take my phone to get a few pics. I’m glad I did! This time, I definitely made a few stops. It was nice 🙂

      Reply
  • Geraldine October 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I made my own carrot soup, from my new cookbook: The Groovy Green Kitchen yesterday, it was soooo good. Your photo looks amazing! 😉

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  • bandhnabajaj October 9, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Looks yummy! I’ve been wanting to get a vitamix but its just so expensive!!! x

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    • thehappyhealthfreak October 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

      They are…. but so worth it!

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      • bandhnabajaj October 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

        Am definitely tempted – I can’t lie!! hehe

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        • thehappyhealthfreak October 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

          Just think of it as any other useful kitchen appliance like a fridge or stove, those are expensive too 🙂 It’s worth saving up for!

          Reply

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