There’s a vegan restaurant a few blocks away from me called Seed + Salt. I was meeting my friend Kristine for lunch there a couple weeks ago (#marinagirls forever) and even though I’m not a soup person, their Carrot Coconut Soup sounded delicious and I ordered it. Long story short, I have had that carrot coconut soup on my mind ever since.
I’ve strangely been craving a lot of soup lately. There’s a Thai Chicken soup at work that is allegedly very good, I was craving lentil soup (recipe coming soon) the week after that and then this soup just spoke to me. I blame it on the weather. The past few weeks have been the coldest it’s been since I’ve moved to San Francisco.
This soup is also great because I’ve been trying to eat way more plant-based lately. I’m going through a phase where I’m just kind of not that into meat and it’s such a pain to cook anyway. I’m feeling better without it in my diet and figuring out how to get protein in other ways. Also, not running 40 miles a week means you kind of don’t need as much protein as you used to… womp womp.
I’m not saying that I’m not going to eat meat but I’m probably just not going to buy it and cook it for myself for a while. Also, looking to lower my grocery bill because SoulCycle is eating up my budget. But, my PT’s cute assistant told me “You can’t put a price on good health” and we all know if an attractive guy tells me something, I probably do it (aka the fact I moved to Hong Kong at 19 was partly because my advisor was hot and told me I should).
Not to totally diverge on this soup and bore you all to death, but I’m an almond milk latte in and aside from a glass of wine, that’s when I do my best writing/thinking so here’s a thought — isn’t the power of doing something to impress someone kind of crazy? The number of times I have made a boy go on a run he totally can’t handle, clean up his diet or do something out of their comfort zone (minus move to San Francisco, but that’s a story for another day) is unreal. I really need to harness that power more often. It’s like Kanye West wrote Kanye’s Workout Plan for the guys I seem to attract.
- 4 cups carrots, chopped
- 1 onion, sliced into half-moons
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- ½ tbsp fresh ginger
- ½ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- salt + pepper
- Cilantro to garnish (optional, but encouraged)
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry (or 1 cup freshly cooked chickpeas)
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp paprika
- salt + pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 425F.
- Line a baking tray with a Silpat or non-stick aluminum foil. Place carrots on baking tray and spray with coconut oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
- Bake carrots for 30 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown.
- When carrots are finished roasting, melt coconut oil in a large soup pan.
- Place onion in soup pan and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add carrots and continue cooking with onions for another 15 minutes, or until soft.
- Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then let simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove soup from heat and let cool slightly. Once cooled, pour into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender.
- Pour soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro and crispy chickpeas .
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Place chickpeas on a Silpat lined baking sheet (or line with non-stick aluminum foil).
- Toss chickpeas with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Place in oven and bake until hard and crispy, about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition information is for soup without crispy chickpeas.
Chat with me:
Soup person — yes or no? (I just figured out how to make an em dash on my Mac keyboard so watch me totally abuse it now.) What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done because someone attractive told you should? Also, leave me more soup recipes I should make in the comments, please!