Summery Carrot Dill Soup

Summery Carrot Dill Soup

Summery Carrot Dill Soup

Have I mentioned before that I’m a yogi? Recovery from surgery has kept me off my matt for a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to get back to it. What I’ve missed  the most isn’t physical, though my limbs do feel heavier somehow. What I miss the most is taking that hour every day  to focus my intentions – on my yoga practice, on daily life, and even on where I’m going to take three beans on a string. Setting an intention at the beginning of yoga class means calling to the front of the mind the thing that my soul needs the most. To feel gratitude. To be kind to myself and others. To forgive. To see beauty in small things.

In the context of this blog, setting my intentions means having a vision and realizing it. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been taking Shay Bocks’s “Garnish” course,  an online program for bloggers who want to have more control over their branding and web graphics. Shay designed the “Foodie” theme, the design framework for three beans on a string and thousands of other food blogs.

During the first week of the course, focused on branding, I realized that three beans on a string can do a much better job communicating a clear vision.  When people come to this blog, I want them to feel inspired to eat food that is both more nutritious and better for the environment by beautiful, colorful photographs, a likable, friendly voice, well written recipes, and a clean, easy-to navigate design. To achieve this, in the coming weeks I’ll be making some changes to the blog’s design, shifting the recipe index to search by ingredient or season, sketching out photo compositions in advance, and giving some serious thought to which recipes get posted and why.

I’m making one immediate change, starting today, with this post: providing nutrition information for each and every recipe. Nutrition info is a must for  health-conscious readers, especially those who are counting calories or tracking protein and carbohydrate intake for fitness purposes. I’m using FoodBloggerPro’s nutrition label generator, which I absolutely love. It’s free to FoodBloggerPro members, with comes with a price tag of $1 for the first month and $25 a month after that.  I’m definitely getting my money’s worth for reasons unrelated to the nutrition label generator, but I’ll write about that in a separate post.

About today’s recipe: This soup made use of some of the ugliest carrots I have ever seen. Fat and misshapen like severed tree roots, they were certainly not good candidates for serving atop a delicate salad or even shredded into a carrot cake.  Since making them tender would require quite a bit of cooking, soup was the perfection solution.  Not quite ready for the gingery, savory carrot soup I like to make in autumn — there’s time enough for that when the weather turns cooler — I decided to add handfuls of fresh chopped  dill instead.

The result was a summery soup that can served warm or cold. If served cold, allow the soup to cool to room temperature in the original pot an then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, adding the dill just before serving.

Summery Carrot Dill Soup

Summery Carrot Dill Soup

 

Summery Carrot Dill Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 5 cups carrots, cut into rounds, ¼ inch thick
  • 8 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat. Add the chopped celery and onions and sauté until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  2. Add the carrots to the vegetable mixture and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium low and cook until carrots are tender. about 25 minutes.
  4. Puree with an immersion blender or traditional blender.
  5. Pour into bowls and garnish with dill.

summery carrot dill soup nutrition facts

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Elizabeth – The nutrition label looks great. I’ve been thinking about adding them to my recipes for a while, but thought it would take too much time. How long did it take you to create this label? And this soup looks so tasty! Beautiful photos!

    • elizabeth@threebeansonstring.com says

      Thanks, Amy! The nutrition label took about 2 minutes from start to finish because I used an app developed by FoodBloggerPro. I just copied and pasted the ingredients from my recipe into the tool, entered the number of servings, and the app calculated the nutrition info for me and created a the completed label as an image. I just saved the image to my desktop and added it to my blog the same way I would a photo. I love it!

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