In addition to warming up to this so far mild winter with soup recipes and homemade bread I have been yearning for spring even though it's still not quite warm enough. I'm not one to tamper with nature, but if since spring isn't coming, I created my own:
|Left: seed starting - Right: sweet pea sprouts and future lemon trees!|
Even just the sprouts popping out of the dirt brighten the mood of any room, maybe even more than a full grown plant because it is so new and exciting to watch how they change each day.
|Left: baby lentil plants - Right: more sweet peas|
Though this soup was as warming as any hearty winter soup, the coconut milk and ginger created a very refreshing and light taste. A pinch of red pepper gave it enough spice to add an extra warming boost with a little wake-up kick for lazy winter days!
1/2 tsp neutral oil
1 c chopped carrots
1.5 tbsp onion
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 can light coconut milk
1/3 c water
1/4 a lemon's juice
pinch of red pepper
-Heat the oil in a pot and stir together with the carrots, let cook (covered) for 5-10 minutes
-Add the onion and let cook (covered) for another 5 minutes
-Add the ginger, coconut milk, and water, then stir the ingredients and let cook until the carrots are soft
-Let the soup cool slightly, then add in the lemon juice, red pepper, salt, and pepper to taste
-Pour the soup into a blender or use an immersion blender for a creamy soup - otherwise serve as-is for a chunky soup!