Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vegan Coconut-Ginger Carrot Soup with surprise ingredient

Speaking of comfort, check out dinner last night!
Hot and delicious carrot soup.  We based this soup recipe from our previous Coconut-Ginger Carrot Soup but made a few major adjustments.  First, we didn't have any leeks or onions in the house.  We cooked celery in olive oil to add flavor and I wracked my brain for other ingredient options I could find in the house.  I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this answer, but it came to me.
I've never tried adding beans to a carrot soup before.  You couldn't even taste it, and yet it made the soup more dense and filling. 

Coconut-Ginger Carrot Soup with surprise ingredient
1 bunch carrots (7 or 8 large)
1 bunch celery, deced
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In large stock pot heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil.  Add celery and ginger until fragrant, one or two minutes.  Add chopped carrots and saute for 5 or 6 minutes.  Add vegetable broth and coconut milk and bring pot to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer.  Add beans.  Simmer all ingredients for 10-15 minutes until carrots are soft.  Using an immersion blender or blender or food processor, puree all ingredients together.  Return to pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve and enjoy!

We served our carrot soup with toasted walnuts and curry spiced croutons. 

For the croutons we mixed bread cubes with olive oil, cinnamon, curry powder and tumeric and baked in a 500* oven until crispy.  For the walnuts, we dry roasted in a saute pan over med-high heat.

Coconut-Ginger Carrot Soup with Walnuts:
Soup with bread crumbs:

This morning for breakfast I had a divine bowl of oatmeal.  I have started to mash 1/4 banana in with my oats before popping in the microwave.  It sweetens the oats naturally, makes them fluffier and creamier. 
In the mix:
1/3 cup quick oats
1/4 banana, mashed
~3/4 cup Almond milk

Heated in microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes.  Topped with 1/4 banana sliced, leftover toasted walnuts, one date chopped and a spoonful of pumpkin butter.  Delicious!

I was famished by the time I had breakfast (10:30am!).  My morning was packed: gym, shower, doctor's appointment. 

Yes another doctor's appointment.  This one didn't go as well.  This was an annual check up, although I had a few concerns I wanted to discuss.  Perhaps I was spoiled yesterday with Dr. Boyle, but today's appointment was the absolute anti-holistic approach.  I was never asked any questions.  When I attempted to ask a few questions, I was cut-off or my concerns were downgraded.  I was written two prescriptions even after I voiced concerns about taking medicine.  I told the doctor I was apprehensive about the prescriptions, and he never once tried to ease my worries.  Again, when I asked questions, he raced through the answers and was out the door without any other direction.  I seriously had to peek out the door and ask a few random nurses what I was supposed to do next.  Check-out? Blood work? Just leave? I was very disappointed with my experience today. 

Have you experienced anything like this at the doctor's?  Do you accept and move on or do you find a new doctor?

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