Healthy Thai Carrot Soup

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This Thai Carrot Soup is the perfect example of a soup that hits all the right notes when it comes to a healthy satisfying soup.Whether you’re looking for something hearty and filling or light and refreshing, you should give this creamy naturally gluten-free Thai soup a try.

This naturally gluten-free soup is creamy, dreamy, and packed with flavor. Adding lemon grass and Thai basil gives it the flavors of Thailand. While the coconut milk makes it creamy and helps balance the array of spices. 

The best part about this healthy Thai carrot soup? It’s incredibly easy to make. So whether you’re looking for a weeknight dinner option or something to share with friends, this soup is always a huge hit!

What does this Thai carrot soup taste like?

This soup is rich and creamy, with a hint of sweetness from the carrots. The Thai spices give it a bit of a kick, making it the perfect soup to warm you up on a cold day.

FAQs about carrots

fresh carrots in a bunch

 

1. Varieties of carrots.

Carrots are root vegetables that are often orange in color, but can also be white, yellow, or purple. They are crunchy and have a sweet taste. They are also a good source of fiber and vitamins A, C, and K.

2. Ways to include carrots in your diet.

There are many ways to eat carrots! You can eat them raw, roasted, juiced, in soups and stews, muffins and cakes. 

3. Are carrots healthier raw or cooked?

When the carrots are steamed or cooked, they provide more antioxidants than if they were eaten raw. By boiling the carrots until tender, the concentration of carotenoids increases by about 14 percent.

Why is this a healthy soup?

This soup is a healthy option because it contains vitamins and minerals. For example, carrots are a good source of Vitamin A, which is essential for vision and immunity. This soup also contains ginger, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help with nausea. And is low in saturated fats.

Sides to Thai carrot soup

Sides to Thai carrot soup include lime wedges, chopped fresh cilantro, and diced red pepper. Serve this delicious soup with a side of crusty gluten-free ciabatta bread for dipping, or enjoy it as is!

Make Thai carrot soup into a meal.

top view of thai carrot soup with toppings

 

This carrot soup is so flavorful and hearty that it could easily be a meal on its own. Just add some cooked parsley rice or quinoa to make it into a complete meal. Top with a sprinkle of green onions, chives, and cilantro, and you’re good to go!

What do I replace the fish sauce with to keep it plant-based?

The biggest challenge when making a plant-based version of this soup is finding a replacement for fish sauce. Fish sauce is a key ingredient in many Thai dishes and imparts a unique flavor that can be hard to replicate.

You can use a few different options to replace fish sauce in this soup. One is to use gluten-free tamari sauce, which will give the soup a similar savory flavor. 

Another option is to use seaweed flakes or powder, adding some umami flavor. You can experiment with different replacements until you find one that you like.

Why do we love creamy soups?

Creamy soups are the perfect comfort food. They’re warm and filling and can be made with various ingredients. In addition, they’re relatively easy to make and can be tailored to your taste.

Here are a few reasons why we love creamy soups:

1. They’re comforting and warming.

2. They’re usually pretty easy to make.

3. They can be customized to your liking.

4. They make a great meal or side dish.

5. They’re often packed with nutrients and healthy ingredients.

This delicious and creamy Thai carrot soup is the perfect comforting winter meal. It’s easy to make and can be made vegetarian or vegan. The soup is packed with flavor from ginger, lemongrass, and lime and is sure to warm you up on a cold day.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • Pinch of GF cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. GF ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. GF ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. GF ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups gluten free chicken or vegetable broth
  • 8 medium carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 2 Sprigs of fresh Thai basil or you can also use regular basil. Stems removed
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. GF fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. GF tamari sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
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    Instructions

  • Add oil, onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass and cayenne into a large soup pot. Sauté for about a minute over medium-low heat. Stir in cumin, cardamom and nutmeg and cook until just fragrant
  • Add broth, carrots and basil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Remove lemon grass and stir in coconut milk. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Using a high-speed blender or food processor blend until smooth
  • Return soup back to the pot, add fish sauce, tamari and lime juice and reheat before serving
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