After the great response I got from my Bold Broccoli blog, I thought I’d talk about another one of my favourite vegetables this week. I’m crazy for carrots! Carrots are root vegetables that are usually orange in colour. They are very healthy, rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, and minerals. Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating at least one dark green and one orange vegetable (carrots!) each day. One serving is about half a cup or 1 large carrot.
The carrot gets its bright, orange colour from beta-carotene. This beta-carotene is what makes carrots great for your vision. When we eat carrots, the beta-carotene is partly metabolised into Vitamin A keeping your eyesight top-notch. A lack of Vitamin A in one’s diet can cause poor vision.
Children love everything about carrots from the colour, to the texture to their sweet taste. I made sure to incorporate lots of carrots into the new Kidco Kitchen menus to keep your children happy. We serve many great snacks like carrot sticks, Veggie Mixers and Crazy Carrot Muffins. Why not try one of my personal favourite carrot ginger soup recipes with your family? It is easy to prepare and very delicious. Serve with a crusty whole-wheat baguette and I’ll bet you will not have any leftover.
Kidco Kitchen Carrot Ginger Soup
What you need:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small, diced onion
1 16 oz. bag of carrots
2 tspn of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
32 oz. low sodium vegetable stock
1 tbsp plain yogurt
What to do:
1) Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat and sauté the onion for 4-5 minutes.
2) Add the stock, ginger, and carrots into the mix. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes.
3) Puree the soup in a blender or food processor until the texture is smooth and creamy.
4) Serve topped with a dollop of yogurt and enjoy!
Chef Lisa Ruscica
Chief Food Ambassador
Kids & Company