Hi friends! It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school, teachers are busy in and out of the classroom and little germs begin to multiply and spread making everyone in your household sick! I’ve been battling a cold the past few days and this soup is one of my favorites when feeling under the weather. It fills me up a bit more than traditional chicken soup, it’s super yummy and it’s full of immune boosting and anti-inflammatory veggies and spices. Just look at what these ingredients do for your body!
Carrots: Full of beta carotene which supports the mucus membrane that lines the respiratory and digestive tracts. It’s also a good source of Vitamin A which helps the liver flush toxins out of the body.
Apples: A good source of soluble fiber and immune boosting Vitamin C!
Oranges: Contain tons of Vitamin C which give your immune system a boost and shorten the duration of your cold.
Ginger: Contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which give your immune system a boost! Ginger also helps ease symptoms of a cold because it acts as a decongestant and antihistamine.
Turmeric: A strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps cleanse the body, especially the liver.
It’s an easy and quick soup to make which is perfect when you’re sick and the only thing you want to do is rest. All you do is steam your carrots for 10 minutes. While it’s steaming, go ahead and peel your apples. If you have a high-powered blender you can leave the skins on. I’ve found that my blender doesn’t do a great job at breaking down the skins so I always peel them. Cut your apples into chunks and throw them in with the carrots to steam for another 10 minutes.
Transfer the carrots and apples to your blender. Add the juice of half an orange, your freshly grated ginger, turmeric powder, black pepper and liquid of your choosing. When making this soup I typically use the liquid left at the bottom of my double boiler from steaming the carrots. You could easily use some chicken broth or if you want to keep it vegan, some vegetable broth. Make sure to leave room in the blender for some expansion since the carrots and apples will still be hot. Blend away, continuing to add liquid to reach your desired consistency. I prefer a thicker soup so I added only 3 cups of liquid.
The carrots and apples make the soup sweet while the orange juice adds a refreshing taste and aroma. It’s delicious and soothing served piping hot. However, if you want to eat it cold it’s very similar to one of those squeezeable fruit/veggie pouches you buy at the grocery store! Either way, here’s to building up our immune systems and shortening the length of our colds this school year!
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Anti-Inflammatory Orange Scented Carrot Soup
- 1 lb carrots, washed and chopped
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/2 orange
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 3 cups liquid of your choosing (water, chicken broth or vegetable broth)
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- Steam carrots over high heat for 10 minutes.
- Peel, core and chop the apples. Add to carrots and continue steaming for 10 more minutes or until fork tender.
- Transfer carrots and apples into the blender along with the juice of half an orange, turmeric, grated ginger, pepper and 3 cups of liquid. Blend until smooth.
- Add more liquid if you desire a thinner soup. Can be served hot or cold. Store covered in refrigerator.
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