Fresh vegetables a Canadian winter can be expensive so I tend to eat a lot of root veggies in the cold weather. Potatoes are a staple in m pantry. They’re easy to prepare and very versatile. They’re also very filling and can be made quickly.
The recipe uses mushrooms and stock. I used button mushrooms because their widely available but you can use your favourite variety. You could even reconstitute dried wild mushrooms for the recipe. You might want to try substituting veggie stock for mushroom as well.
It’s Decembers and the days are short and the weather is cold. At this time of year I turn to warm comforting recipes that are quick to make but tasty. Hot soup is one of those recipes that is often on my table. It’s warm, filling and nutritious and most people love the smooth creamy texture.
The easiest soup recipe I make is zesty ginger spice carrot soup. The soup is a perfect blend of creamy carrot puree, spicy ginger and aromatic garlic. It’s great with bread or crackers and perfect with vegan sour cream.
The zesty ginger spice carrot soup recipe is an easy and adaptable way to use leftover carrots and stock. The puree can be made with vegetable or mushroom stock. I prefer mushroom as it adds an earthy flavour to the soup base. There are a number of commercially prepared stocks on the market or if you have extra time try making your own. Vegetable stock is just a mixture of carrots, celery, peppers and water boiled until the taste of the vegetables permeates the liquid.
I used fresh ginger in the soup but you can also use powdered ginger. Add 1 tbsp and then taste the mixture. If it’s not strong enough for you add a little more ginger until the flavour of the soup is enhanced to your liking. Don’t add too much at once though as ginger is strong.
If your short on time you can purchase minced garlic in jars but fresh garlic is even better. Just smash the garlic cloves and add to the soup base. In a pinch you can even use garlic salt but you’ll have to adjust the salt content. Too much garlic salt will make the mixture unpalatable.
Cheddar Soup is good on rainy days or in the winter after skating or skiing. This recipe is different as it has mushrooms as a main ingredients. Serve with a side of Bread Machine Rosemary Bread for a complete meal.
Carrots are a standby in my house for quick and easy meals. Sometimes I find I have carrots that need to be used quickly. Simple Carrot soup is a easy recipe for a light supper. Serve with toast or garlic toast and you have a complete meal.