Creamy Cashew, Carrot & Cardamom Soup

Creamy Cashew, Carrot & Cardamom Soup
Yields 6
Carrots are a fantastic source of beta carotene and the bioavailability is really maximised when carrots are cooked and pureed. The cashews make this recipe super creamy, no one will believe it doesn’t contain any cream!
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1 large onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
5 cardamom pods
750g (1.5lb) carrots, diced
1.5 litres (50 fl oz) vegetable stock
120g (1 cup) cashews
1 lemon, to season
Turkish style mild chilli flakes to garnish
In a large pan, sauté the onion in the coconut oil for a few minutes, then add the cumin seeds and cardamom seeds and sauté further until the spices start to toast slightly and the onions become translucent.
Add the carrots and stock to the pan and bring to a boil. Once the stock is bubbling, add the cashews, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
Once the carrots are cooked, allow the soup to cool, then blend to a very smooth consistency, making sure that all the cashew nuts are totally blended to make the soup creamy (this works best in a jug blender or you can use a stick blender and blend directly in the pan which may mean a slightly chunkier texture).
Reheat to desired temperature and to season with some lemon juice to taste.
To serve, ladle into a soup bowl and sprinkle with some Aleppo pepper (Turkish/Middle Eastern mild chilli flakes).

Clean Green Soup Bowl & Green Smoothie video

Although I didn’t plan any major detox programme for January, I have made a commitment to some small dietary shifts. Becoming best friends with my blender again was my main goal in order to include smoothies and blended raw soups, particularly of the green variety into my diet on a daily basis. 

Eating more blended green drinks/soups is a great way to pack in fibre and chlorophyll rich nutrition which helps our body to naturally cleanse without too much effort or deprivation.

Tonight was the return of my Spicy Green Energy Soup. Something simple, enjoy eating with spa like serenity then experience the hidden kick!

Green Energy Soup
Serves 1
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250mls water
Juice of 1 lime
1 large cucumber, roughly chopped
A good handful (approx 100g) of spinach or other dark greens such as kale or parsley
A pinch of salt
A good splash of hot sauce to taste (I used Habanero)
1 ripe avocado
Optional: sprouted seeds such as mung beans to garnish
Put the water, cucumber, spinach, salt and hot sauce into a blender and puree.
Add the avocado and process briefly to blend. Be careful not to over process or you end up with a mousse!
Pour into a large bowl and garnish with the sprouts.
I’ve also been having lots of morning fruity green smoothies check out my YouTube premiere and if you enjoy please subscribe more video action to come soon!

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