This gorgeous carrot soup from one of our favorite free recipe sites, American Public Media’s the Splendid Table is super healthy with a flavorful kick. The addition of freshly carrot soupgrated ginger with orange juice and coconut milk produces an interesting flavor balance.

It’s a perfect lunch or light dinner when served with a small, lightly dressed, green salad on cold, windy, or snowy days like those we still have in February, March, and sometimes April in Colorado.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped white onion
4 cups chopped carrots
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon, plus extra to taste, finely grated fresh peeled ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
14-ounce can coconut milk
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, broth, orange juice, ginger, and lemon juice; bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the carrots are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat. Puree with immersion blender, food processor, or high-powered blender until very smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan and stir in the coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Reheat the soup over medium heat until hot. Ladle the soup into bowls or mugs and serve.

We also add a teaspoon of blood-warming red or yellow curry paste on particularly cold days.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff

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