Healthy Carrot Ginger Soup w/ Sweet & Spicy Pepitas

Healthy-Creamy-Carrot-Ginger-Soup-with-Sweet-and-Spicy-Pepitas-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’ve been having a bit of a love affair with carrot ginger soup lately, testing out more recipes than I can count. I wanted something creamy (without the calorie intake of actual cream), sweet and a little spicy. The addition of tofu adds a nice amount of protein that fills me up (not leaving me hungry two hours later). I like to top it off with sweet and spicy pepitas for a nice crunch and little dash of heat.

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Healthy Carrot Ginger Soup w/ Sweet & Spicy Pepitas
Serves 4

Ingredients for soup:

  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped leeks, dark green parts removed (around 1 large leek)
  • 1 lb. baby carrots
  • 1 1/2 tbs. minced ginger (you can grate it if you like, but it all goes in the blender at the end anyway)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup tofu
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 3 tbs. chopped chives

Ingredients for pepitas:

  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice blend
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. canola oil

Soup:

  • Melt butter in a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add leeks, sprinkle with salt and cook stirring often until soft, around 5 minutes.
  • Add carrots and ginger, sprinkle with salt, toss well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until carrots are soft.
  • Carefully add carrot mixture and tofu to a high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix).
  • Blend on the soup setting (or high) for 5-7 minutes, until completely smooth.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste, top with chives and pepitas.

Sweet and Spicy Pepitas:

  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to coat.
  • Spread in a single layer on a foiled wrapped baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until puffed and brown.

4 thoughts on “Healthy Carrot Ginger Soup w/ Sweet & Spicy Pepitas

  1. this looks really good christine, i love creamy soups and just refuse to think about the calories. i have trouble working with leeks, getting them really clean. it seems like such a chore so i always stay away from recipes that call for leeks!!

    i bought the burts bee cuticle cream and i really love it. i have been using it every night and it really does the trick!!

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