I was recently asked by a new acquaintance whether I had any side hustles. I replied, that my full-time job is one patchwork quilt of side hustles.
You know most of them, with online group health coaching being the latest addition. But one you may not be aware of, which I took to new heights this summer, is soup station operator and delivery girl.
Since food is my primary love language, whenever I have a friend who’s in need of extra comfort, assistance or nourishment, I always try to made a homemade food delivery. And 90 percent of the time, the dish in tow is soup.
I choose soup for the obvious reasons. First, it scores incredibly high on both the health and comfort spectrum. It’s also easy to freeze for later, and reheat or prepare for the here and now. More importantly, as a selfish altruist, it’s just as easy to prepare in the first place, or stock in my own freezer for a later delivery.
Over the summer, I provided much gratitude via soup to our dear friend and officiant, Rob, who has been battling stomach cancer, and to whom I owe so much more than just a quart container of creamy carrot soup.
When his wife, Debbie, told me what he had been craving—primarily, rich, creamy non-obtrusive things—I pioneered this coconut milk version of my favorite roasted carrot ginger soup recipe. It packs so much more nutrients than your typical cream of carrot soup (which he may have preferred, but which I was unable to ethically provide as a card-carrying health hedonist).
The turmeric lights the carrot color on fire with all its anti-inflammatory properties. The ginger fires up the gut, in a good way. The roasted leek and carrot gives it a rich oniony depth and a touch of sweetness. And the potatoes and coconut milk add even more vegan creamy goodness to the texture.
Earlier this fall, after two of my girlfriends gave birth to their first child, I resurrected Phoebe’s Soup Kitchen to bring them doses of this healthy cream of carrot soup recipe. The reviews were similar, especially as the weather has turned beautifully crisp. And I gilded the lily to make it more eye-catching and texturally interesting by reserving some of the crispy leeks to sprinkle on top.
Read on for the recipe, and tell me in the comment:s what type of soup would you most want delivered for comfort, health and strength? You bet I’ll be adding it to my rotation!
With health and hedonism,
Roasted Carrot-Ginger Soup with Turmeric and Crispy Leeks
- 2 pounds carrots skin-on, halved
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- 2 large leeks white and light green parts only, rinsed, halved and thinly sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 pound russet potato 1 medium, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 13.5 ounce cans full-fat coconut milk
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, toss the carrots with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Arrange in an even layer and roast in the bottom half of the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until caramelized and fork tender.
- On a second parchment paper lined baking sheet, toss half of the leeks with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season lightly with salt. Arrange in an even layer and roast in the top half of the oven until lightly browned and crispy, about 15 minutes. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a large stockpot or saucepan, heat the ghee or coconut oil over a medium flame. Add the remaining leeks and sauté, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, turmeric and potatoes. Sauté for another 3 minutes, until fragrant. Carefully pour in the coconut milk. Fill one of the dirty cans with water and add to the pot (about 2 cups) along with 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes.
- In a high powered blender, combine the roasted carrots with the turmeric potato mixture. Puree until smooth. Divide between 4 bowls and top with the crispy leeks. Enjoy immediately.
To make this recipe low FODMAP, simply omit the leeks. It will still taste fabulous.