Carrot and Coriander Soup for a Budget Friendly Meal

Carrot and coriander soup is just one example of a healthy winter soup that will help you fit into your skinny jeans once winter has passed. People often feel lethargic during the winter months. It’s cold outside, the sun is missing, and some people even have to deal with snow. Pile that on to the countless holiday parties, cookie tins, and glasses of champagne at New Years, and it’s easy to see how the winter months can pack the pounds on. Winter vegetables, soups, and hearty meals don’t have to be calorie heavy to taste delicious. Soups are an easy option for during the winter months. They’ll warm you up during the cold, but they’ll also provide you a serving of healthy vegetables, and they’re usually cheap to make!

coriander and carrot soupThere are endless recipes for soups available online. Carrot and coriander soup is an interesting combination that you’ve probably never heard of. The classic chicken noodle soup can get boring if you’ve eaten it every winter, and often for every other meal. Pair your soup off with a salad and you’ll not only have a comforting meal, but a healthy meal that will keep you feeling full. Researchers say that soup may make us feel so full because we have to eat it slower. Soup is usually served pretty hot, so you have to slow down and not eat in a rush. When eating soup, our stomachs actually have time to notice when we feel full, so we won’t over eat. This also might have to do with the high water content in soup. Water makes us feel full, and soup has the same effect.

Making a soup can be extremely easy. Below, you’ll find a recipe for carrot and coriander soup. Most soups start with cooking vegetables, herbs, and spices in oil or any other type of fat. From there, those cooked vegetables will be transferred to a soup pot where liquid will be added. The flavor from the cooked vegetables will be absorbed into the liquid and continue to grow as it continues to cook down. These vegetables will release a rich flavor into what has now become the broth of your soup. At the end, you’ll add whatever components take the longest to cook. You can add rice, pasta, even potatoes to your soup.

The best part of making soups, like carrot and coriander soup is that they freeze well and you always have leftovers. If you make a soup on a Sunday, you’ll have several meals ready for throughout your week. This makes soup pretty economical, it’s easy to make a lot of soup with ingredients you probably already have on hand. To freeze soup, let it cool down, and then pour it into an airtight container. Place it into your freezer; it can stay frozen for up to two months. When you’re ready to eat it, let thaw in the refrigerator, then warm up in a saucepan. You may need to add some extra liquid.

Try making your first carrot and coriander soup with this recipe from the BBC!

Carrot and Coriander Soup

*from the BBC Network

Serves 4

Ingredients

Large bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 onion, sliced

1 tsp. ground coriander

1lb carrots, sliced

2 pints vegetable stock

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat oil in a pan. Add your sliced onions and then your sliced carrots. Allow these to cook for up to 4 minutes, or until they start to become soft.

Add in the ground coriander and be sure to season your vegetables with it. Cook for another minute.

Add vegetable stock and bring up to a boil. Allow it to simmer until the vegetables have cooked through.

Use a hand blender or place your ingredients and vegetable stock into a blender. Whizz in the blender until it is smooth.

Reheat in a pan and stir in fresh coriander before serving.

Coriander Substitutes for Carrot and Coriander Soup

Not everyone can handle the pungency of coriander spices, but luckily you can still enjoy the flavor of a delicious carrot soup and a lighter version of the coriander flavor with a few readily available substitutes. Always remember that when using herb substitutes you will want to try small amounts at a time to ensure you have the right ratio for the best taste. Common substitutes for coriander include:

Cumin

Caraway seeds

If you do not like the taste of cumin or caraway, you can try to limit the amount of coriander seeds you place in your carrot and coriander soup until your taste buds have become accustomed to the flavor of coriander instead.

How to Buy Carrots
Carrots are relatively simply to buy, however you want carrots that are fresh and sweet to the taste for the best soup results. You will want to look for the following to ensure you have the best carrots in your soup:

 

Firm carrots without any rootlets on the sides or bottom

Small and bright orange in color

Smooth skin without cracks or dents

Leafy greens are still attached and vibrant in color

Storing Your Soup

Soup can be safely stored in the refrigerator as well as the freezer. After you have prepared your soup allow it to cool to room temperature. If you plan on eating your soup within the next four to five days, you can store the carrot and coriander soup in an airtight container within your refrigerator. If your soup will not be eaten in the next four to five days, it is best to freeze it rather than allow it to spoil. Place your soup in an airtight container and allow it to freeze solid in the back of your freezer. When storing in the freezer, make sure your soup is at room temperature before placing in the freezer. Placing your soup in while too hot can cause ice crystals to form on the top of the soup and ultimately interfere with the taste and quality when it comes time to defrost.

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