Sweet and Spicy Chilled Carrot Soup

cold carrot soup

Chilled soup is perfect for the spring weather! This sweet and spicy chilled carrot soup will make your tastebuds explode with happiness! It’s flavored with tangy ginger, a little spice from red curry paste and red pepper flakes, lemongrass, and the all-important coconut milk for creaminess! Make it vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth for veggie broth. We topped this soup with toasted pumpkin seeds with a hint of sriracha powder and toasted coconut flakes for a nice crunch combo. It’s simple and delicious, but packed with all healthy things!

cold carrot soupSweet and spicy, this chilled carrot soup is flavored with curry, ginger, lemongrass, and creamy coconut milk!

toasted pumpkin seedsGarnish the soup with toasted raw pumpkin seeds with a sprinkle of sriracha seasoning!

Sweet and Spicy Chilled Carrot Soup
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 3 cups low-fat chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 can light coconut milk (or full-fat coconut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, outer layer removed, cut in half, and pounded with a meat mallet
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Sriracha toasted pumpkin seeds for topping
  • Toasted coconut flakes for topping
Instructions
  1. Heat the canola oil over a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the garlic and onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots to the pot and continue to sauté until carrots begin to soften, about 5 more minutes. Add in the ginger, soy sauce, curry paste, chicken broth, and coconut milk. Stir together until well-combined. Toss in the lemongrass, red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a boil. Add in the lime juice and lower to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and discard lemongrass stalks from the soup using a slotted spoon or kitchen tongs. Use an immersion blender (or blender) to puree the soup until smooth. Let cool completely before placing in the refrigerator or serving room temperature. Top the soup with sriracha toasted pumpkin seeds and toasted coconut flakes.
  2. To make the toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds:
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 cup of raw pumpkins seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spray the pumpkin seeds with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and 1 teaspoon of sriracha seasoning. Toss well to coat. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until browned and toasted. Let cool.
  4. To make the toasted coconut flakes:
  5. Dry toast the coconut flakes in a pan on a low heat on the stove until lightly browned.
Notes
Adapted from: thefullhelping.com

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Coconut Curry Tofu and Shrimp

coconut curry soup

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of coconut curry tofu and shrimp, am I right?  Damien, my right hand man, treated me and my husband to this recipe recently which was so yum! It’s full of veggies and shrimp, and flavored with the goodness of curry, lemon grass, hot chili paste, and coconut milk. I combine light coconut milk with regular to make it a bit healthier. Or, you can use coconut cream which is a richer stock, but adds more calories. You can also top this dish with hard boiled eggs for extra protein. I’m a tofu freak so I use these soybean cakes in everything! Make sure to use the extra firm tofu so it doesn’t fall apart. Trader Joe’s is my go-to for dense tofu. You’ll find it in the dairy section. Treat yourself to this recipe full of yumminess tonight!

Trader Joe’s Super Firm Tofu is the best product for this dish! Won’t fall apart!

Trader Joe's Super Firm Tofu

Rich and hearty, this curry tofu and shrimp bowl is absolutely delish for entertaining!

coconut curry tofu and shrimp

Coconut Curry Tofu and Shrimp
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola or coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 shallots, cut into thin rings
  • 6 lemon grass stalks, pounded and cut into 1½ inch long pieces
  • 2 tablespoons dried shrimp paste
  • 4 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 turnip, peeled and cut into strips
  • 1 small green cabbage, sliced
  • 2 baked extra firm tofu blocks, cut into large cubes
  • 6 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, cut in half
  • Fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, sauté the garlic and shallots with oil until golden brown. Add in lemon grass, dried shrimp paste, red curry paste, and sambal oelek. Cook for 5 minutes, then add in the carrots, turnips, green cabbage, and tofu cubes. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and water. Once ingredients are well-combined, bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. Toss in the shrimp and cook until pink, about 2 minutes. Top with hard boiled eggs when serving. Optional: serve with steamed rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  2. To bake the tofu: Place entire blocks of tofu in a toaster oven at 275 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes until brown on outside. Remove and let cool before cubing.

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Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This recipe was inspired by Giada De Laurentiis, one of my food heroes on Food Network. I started making this awesome dish a few years ago. Most Thai restaurants serve this as a starter, called “larb,” but I find that it’s super healthy as a main dish also — think lettuce wraps from Cheesecake Factory, only way better! These babies are full of flavor and make great leftovers. Aromatic mint is the key ingredient here. You can also substitute the turkey for pork or beef. I prefer ground turkey or chicken to keep it low-cal. Forever watching my girlish figure!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons honey
For the filling
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • 3 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 4-inch piece lemongrass, minced
  • 1 Thai chile pepper or serrano chile, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh basil or Thai basil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head butter lettuce or savoy cabbage (light green leaves only), leaves separated
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Optional: sticky white or brown rice, for serving
  • Lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lemon juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, and honey. Set aside.
  2. For the filling: In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, shallots, lemongrass, chile pepper, and water chestnuts. Cook about 5 minutes until fragrant. Add the ground turkey, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until the meat and vegetables are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the dressing to the pan and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint and basil. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  3. Forming a cup with the lettuce leaves, place a spoonful of the turkey mixture into a lettuce cup and top with chopped peanuts and extra basil. Squeeze lime juice over lettuce cups. Serve with sticky rice, if desired.

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