Carrot Cashew and Cilantro Soup




By Jordan Miller;

The combination of carrot, cashew, and cilantro not only sounds irresistible, but this unique combination of foods creates quite the nutritional punch. As you may already know, carrots are loaded with vitamin A ( beta carotene) which helps with a multitude of bodily functions, including eye sight. Cashews are an excellent source of fat and protein to help provide you with the necessary macronutrient building blocks for repair and provide the body with a little extra energy to carry you through the day. Finally, cilantro not only adds a nice flavor to the dish, but it is also an excellent chelator. Essentially, cilantro will help chelate (remove) heavy metals and toxins from the body better than any other food. It is excellent if you are looking to detoxify your body of mercury or cadmium that have accumulated over the years through environmental exposure. All and all, this recipe is sure to leave you happy. We hope you enjoy it!

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Carrot Cashew and Cilantro Soup

Ingredients:

5 large organic carrots, chopped
3 cups (750 mL) water
1 Tbsp (15 mL) sesame oil
1 organic clove garlic, minced
2 in (5 cm) piece of fresh organic ginger, grated
1 medium organic onion, diced
1 cup (250 mL) raw cashews (preferably organic)
1/2 tsp (2 mL) turmeric
Dash of paprika (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut milk 
1 tsp (5 mL) honey
Juice of 1 organic lime or lemon, freshly squeezed
1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh cilantro, roughly chopped


Directions:

1. Put carrots in large stockpot with water; bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer carrots, covered, for about 15 minutes.
2. Heat sesame oil in medium-sized frying pan. Add garlic, ginger, onion, cashews, spices, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes.
3.Transfer mixture to pot of carrots. Add coconut milk, honey, and lime juice. Stir, then simmer covered, for 5 minutes.
4.Blend mixture in food processor in batches, then transfer back to pot. Use a hand blender to achieve a chunkier consistency.
5.Stir in cilantro before serving. Serve with a simple green salad.

Serves 7.

Nutritional Information:

Each 1 cup (250 mL) serving contains: 268 calories; 7 g protein; 20 g total fat (6 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 21 g carbohydrates; 4 g fibre; 62 mg sodium

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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

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