Meatless Monday- Carrot Soup

by - Monday, January 16, 2017

 One of our big goals for 2017 is to really get going on Meatless Monday. We are never going to be a vegetarian household, but like so many people, we could stand to get a little more meat out of our diet for our health and the Earth's. Meat, come at a shockingly high environmental cost. They use so much water, create so much waste (including plastic), and emit a lot of greenhouse gases. Beef uses 11 times the water and produces 5 times the greenhouse gases of other animal proteins, so if you want the most bang for your environmental buck, that is where to start. 


So, we are devoting one day a week to vegetarian meals. We have been doing this a while, but we don't honestly have a lot of vegetarian recipes in our arsenal, so I thought I would share some of our attempts and successes with you. My husband is an awesome cook, so I know we will find some good stuff to share. 

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In the spirit of Meatless Mondays, we are trying some totally new recipes to find more vegetarian meals we like. This one... was a mixed bag. I actually liked the way it came out, but The Boy struggled with the Carrot soup, so we may have to try it again. He also still used chicken stock (Better than Bullion), so it is maybe not exactly vegetarian. But I know a truly vegetarian option can be done. Does anyone have a carrot soup recipe they really like? 


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Ingredients

3 lbs of carrots, peeled and chopped
3 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
10 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
6 cups chicken stock (he uses Better than Bullion)
2 tbsp butter (only added in the end) 
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 1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil.

meatless monday carrot soup pot

2. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes
3. Blend.
4. Simmer again for 30-45 minutes
5. Season with salt, pepper, dill, and garlic to taste
6. You can top it with green onion, chives, or yogurt.

meatless monday carrot soup

Thoughts for next time

 Our's turned out aggressively peppery, so The Boy added a little bit of butter and a cup of water to try to mellow the pepper. It did help, but he says he would use half the salt and pepper next time. I didn't think it turned out particularly carrot-y, but the pepper really was powerful. Like I said, sometimes you have a winner right out of the park, but others need a little work.

What vegetarian meals are you trying this week?

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