(VEGAN RECIPE) Feeling down? Or just hungry? This week’s Meat-Free Monday Challenge recipe is a great pick-me-up. With key ingredients like carrot, ginger and miso, this soup is packed full of nutrients, including vitamin C, carotene and B vitamins. Eat it up to help boost your energy as well as aid digestion. It’s easy on the eyes, the pallet and the tummy. Not to mention it’s incredibly flavorful!

Photo Credit: Megan Cross

I ran out of carrots! So my soup is a little brown, but still tasty. Cashews are a good way to make a soup creamier and also add a bit of protein. Cashews are essential for a meat-free diet. A tip for buying cashews is to buy pieces instead of whole cashews and save a little money.

Carrot Ginger Soup

  • 4 C. carrots, chopped
  • 1  small shallot, chopped
  • 4 C. water
  • 1/4 C. light miso paste
  • 3/4 cashews
  • 1 T. ginger, minced
  • 2 t. ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 t. ground cumin
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan add carrots and shallots and water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until carrots are almost tender (about 10 minutes). Add the cashews and remaining ingredients excluding salt and pepper. Simmer until carrots are very tender. Let cool and transfer to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Return to pan and heat before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste, and maple syrup for sweetness. Dress this dish up with a crostini and a dollop of vegan sour cream. Enjoy!

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