Carrot-cumin soup is delicious. I had no idea. I’d never even tried carrot soup before I made this one, and here I am, totally falling in love with carrot-cumin soup.
I love the texture. It’s thick yet light and smooth. And I love the flavor, sweet and carroty with that nice hint of cumin and spice. I never picked me for a carrot soup girl, and now I’m wondering why. At least made this way, it’s soooo good! I’m starting my life over as a Carrot Soup Girl. The fam better get ready for carrot soup coming at them in waves.
Natch, it’s healthy. It’s light and full of vitamins and minerals and fiber. And it’s good for our eyesight. How often do we think about that?
I used to take it for granted. Then my Gram lost hers, and that brought it home for me: eyesight is precious and we need to do what we can to protect it. I’ll explain what that has to with soup in a minute.
What brought on all this carrot-cumin soup madness is The American Macular Degeneration Foundation gave me a copy of Eat Right For Your Sight, an amazing cookbook full of healthy recipes geared to helping avoid vision loss…yeah, that’s blindness…from macular degeneration.
I jumped right on it because I know firsthand how no-joke macular degeneration is. My grandmother, bless her heart, has MD and lost most of her eyesight because of it. And I’ll be truthful – she was never a woman open to the idea that what you eat impacts your health and how you feel. I think a lot of that’s generational. We’re lucky to live in an age when research and science are a thing, and there’s lots of information available to help us help ourselves when it comes to nutrition and keeping our bodies in good working order.
I love seeing. I truly and deeply love it, and appreciate it every day. Sight loss…I’m not down with that. I’m willing to do what it takes to keep my eyes healthy and functional, and if that means eating delicious, vitamin and nutrient-dense foods that’ll help me feel great…wait. That’s what I was doing anyway. Awesome!
Eat Right For Your Sight explores foods that are especially rich in nutrients that help fight macular degeneration. We’re talking fruits, seeds and nuts, fresh veggies, beans and soy, healthy oils…excellent stuff you’re probably cooking with anyway. The book provides a list of good eyesight foods to keep stocked in your pantry, which I love. My favorites from the list include:
- Berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries…wish I had a big bowl of them right now)
- Grapefruit (a personal fave…I just adore grapefruit)
- Oranges (there’s always room for an orange)
- Flaxseeds (a great vegan egg replacer)
- Brown rice (always on tap at my house)
- Garlic, onions and peppers (the big 3 that I put in almost everything)
- Olive oil (the starting point of most everything I make)
- Corn (and it’s corn grilling season coming up!)
And the list goes on and on like the most awesome grocery list I’ve ever seen. Point is, our eyesight is a big deal but taking care of it doesn’t have to be. It can be as easy as eating a delicious meal.
Speaking of delicious meals, I gave the book’s Carrot-Cumin Soup a go. But before I tell you about that, here’s a confession: I rarely expect recipes from cookbooks to be as good as my own. Step back and give my ego room, right? I don’t know what to say, I can be a jerk like that.
So here I am, making this carrot soup from the book and expecting it to be good but not outstanding. Then I tasted it and was seriously checked: it was outstanding. Truly. It was so good I immediately started compiling a mental list of all the people I want to make it for. Like, I can’t stress it enough: it was DELICIOUS. And very healthy in general and great for my eyesight, but delicious. In the moment of deliciousness, that’s all I care about.
I haven’t tried any of the other recipes yet, but because of that damn delicious soup I will. I wouldn’t miss them! If you want to try some of the recipes, the AMDF made a nice sampling of them available. Here’s the link for you to check them out: https://www.macular.org/good-food
I’m going to go ahead and post the soup recipe here though. It’s so good I can’t not post it.
A final thought on the soup: I tasted it before adding the Greek yogurt, which the recipe calls for (yogurt’s also good for your sight – who knew?) and in my opinion it was just as good. More carroty. So if you’re dairy free, make it anyway. You’ll love it. 😉
Serves 1 cup
Posted exactly as it appears in Eat Right For Your Sight by Jennifer Trainer Thompson and Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbs toasted cumin seeds, for garnish
- In a heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and saute the onion for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and saute an additional minute. Add the carrots, broth, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the carrots are tender, about 15 minutes.
- Puree the soup with an immersion blender or, working in batches, puree in a blender or food processor until smooth, then return it to the saucepan. Whisk in the lemon juice and yogurt. Season to taste. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with the cumin seeds.
Here’s a sweet image for Pinterest boards if you like.
May is Healthy Vision Month. Here are some resources you might want to check out – because we use vision 365. I’m all about finding ways to keep mine going strong.
- The American Macular Degeneration Foundation’s website. Lots of good info MD and ways to keep it out of your life.
- The Eat right For Your Sight page. It’s got lots of healthy, do-able recipes that happen to keep your eyes healthy. If the Carrot-Cumin soup’s any indication, it’s well worth picking up.
- The US National Library of Medicine has great info on eye health and macular degeneration.
- Like the American Macular Degeneration Foundation on Facebook. They keep you knowing what’s going on. Especially nice if your family’s been impacted by MD.
Until next time, take care! And take care of your eyes, yo.
Recipe from Eat Right For Your Sight: Simple Tasty Recipes That Help Reduce the Risk of Vision Loss from Macular Degeneration, By Jennifer Trainer Thompson and Johanna M. Seddon, copyright © American Macular Degeneration Foundation, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.