Food for Thought: Carrots.
Did you know that the second most popular vegetable (after the potato) can help promote beautiful skin? Being super high in Vitamin A and antioxidants, carrots help prevent premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tones. They can also protect us against macular degeneration of the eyes, some cancers and heart disease.
The Vitamin A will also help your liver flush out toxins from the body - which can only be considered a good thing in my book!
Maybe you're a smarty pants and already knew all that...but I bet you didn't know that the nutrition in carrots are encased in tiny little protein sacs that have to be broken for you to gain these benefits (this could be through cooking, grinding, juicing or plain old simple proper chewing).
I cooked AND pureed mine....
Roasted Carrot and Cashew Soup
1kg carrots, roughly chopped | 2 cups of vegetable stock | 1 cup cashews | 1 onion, diced | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 2 tsp ground cumin | 1 tsp ground coriander | olive oil/coconut oil | sea salt & pepper |
Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees.
In a baking dish, toss the carrots with a drizzle of olive oil (or coconut oil) and season well. Roast for approximately 30 minutes, until tender.
Meanwhile, in a pan over a low heat, melt a little coconut oil and slowly soften the onion for approximately 5 minutes before adding the garlic and spices. Cook slowly for another 5 minutes and then put to the side to cool a little.
In a food processor or blender, blitz the cashews, roasted carrots and the cooked spice mixture as smooth as possible. Slowly add in the stock with the motor running until you reach your desired consistency.
Pop everything into a pot over a low to medium heat to re-heat. Season to taste.
I love this soup. It's thick, filling and a little sweet, having roasted the carrots beforehand. The texture is a little "chunky" due to the cashews (and the fact my blender doesn't blitz them entirely), but I kinda like it like that. I feel like I'm having an entire meal (no bread needed).
It also freezes brilliantly, which is always an added bonus.