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I crave sugar. If you were to hear that out loud it would be “I crrrraaaaaavvvvvvvvveeee sugar”. But I’m trying to cut back. Way back. Or at least eat only natural sugars in very reduced amounts. I’m eating apples instead of ice cream. I’ve replaced some of the sweeter fruits and vegetables like carrots in my fresh juice with more neutral choices like cucumbers. Continue reading
carrot and lentil soup

Carrot and Lentil Soup

This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s one of the easiest things to make. It’s creamy, flavorful, healthy and even the pre-schooler will eat it. All my favorite things.

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It only takes a few ingredients. Soup stock or broth, I use pre-made Gluten Free Kitchen Scrap Soup Stock, carrots, an onion, some lentils and a bit of mild curry powder.

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Carrots, lentils, onion, curry powder

Carrot and Lentil Soup

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  • 4 cups broth or soup stock
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup red lentils
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons mild curry powder
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  1. In a sauce pan, over medium heat, stir oil, onion, carrots, lentils and curry powder until combined
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil
  3. Simmer until Vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes
  4. Let cool
  5. Puree cooled soup in a blender until smooth
  6. Reheat, add salt and pepper to taste

I like to serve mine with a little dollop of Greek yoghurt and a little bit of fresh cilantro.

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Yum!! Lentil soup, ready to eat.

Gluten Free Kitchen Scrap Soup Stock

I find I always have a struggle finding a base for my soups. Bouillon can contain wheat based ingredients and living in Thailand I often can’t read the ingredients at all. I haven’t been able to find canned broth, most likely because I haven’t been looking hard enough. Luckily this tasty stock is easy to make and almost free. All you need is kitchen scraps, water, salt, maybe some garlic and onions, and time to hang around the house while it simmers.

If you know someone who’s survived the Depression, you’ve probably already had this stock. It’s part of the base for Grandma’s After-Thanksgiving-Turkey-Noodle-Soup. It’s made from kitchen scraps; cucumber peelings, ends of tomatoes, that salad that only had a little bit left and nobody wanted anymore, the stems of fresh herbs, the hard part of the broccoli, celery leaves, that you save in the freezer. It really doesn’t sound very appetizing, I know. But it makes a very nice base for your favorite soups that is fresher and more flavorful than commercial brands.

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This is what kitchen scraps look like.

Gluten Free Kitchen Scrap Soup Stock

  • 2 cups kitchen scraps
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, cut in half
  1. Place scraps, water, salt, onion and garlic in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 3-4 hours. When it has a nice flavor, it’s done
  4. Add more salt if necessary
  5. Drain stock, discard the vegetables
  6. Stock can be used right away, or frozen for the future