Friday, May 10, 2013

Giveaway & Recipe: Goodness Knows You Should Trust Yourself: Spicy Curried Carrot Soup (Paleo & Gluten-Free)


Mmmm don't you just love it when dinner is ready at noon??  Yep, no scrambling to figure it out with a hungry family at night?? Done!  




What's on the menu today you ask? Spicy Curry Carrot Soup!! 

Yes totally Paleo, gluten-free, pretty economical too, but most importantly...Delicious. Add a salad and maybe some crusty homemade bread for the kids and done! 

Recipe to follow below...



As many of you know -- some with frustration when I post yummy pictures and no recipes-- I don't measure, so it is a challenge to recreate recipes for you all. 

That is just the kind of cook that I am.  I don't follow recipes either.  

I might occasionally glance at one, but rare is the time in the last decade that I have not tweaked it beyond recognition. Heh!

So when I do post recipes? 


They are approximations. They hope to recreate splashes of this and handfuls of that. I've found your best bet is to taste as you go--plus its yummier that way! 

I've always used this method, but it was confirmed at a recent cooking class I went to for Goodness Knows Snack Squares at Hip Cooks in Seattle.


There we made a gorgeous red and yellow pepper soup...


Yep, I put my twitter handle on my soup?  Follow me?

MMMM Sesame Crusted Ahi with mango salsa anyone?


Yes, I made this gorgeousness too!!  



We had wonderful conversations about how we bloggers and social media enthusiasts could nurture each other.  All in all a nurturing afternoon for the belly and soul.  We cooked and chatted.  Tossed and tasted.



My friends, we did not measure one thing!


Say Hi, Honey!!

My goodness was I in my element. My husband who came with me?  Yeah as an engineer and all around geek, he is more of about precision. Our styles often clash in our kitchen.  But here?  Here I was being told that my cooking style was beyond okay.  Freedom is amazing in the kitchen. Just trust yourself!!


Chef BonnyJenny Hogan, Kerri (the Maven), Beau (my love), Kat Kim, Kristin, & Goodness Knows Team


I did want to take the time to thank Goodness Knows and media super star Jenni Hogan for hosting such a wonderful event at Hip Cooks. 






I have to admit I accepted before I even realized it was a cooking class because I knew Goodness Knows was a wonderful Northwest brand. I had had the opportunity to eat their chocolate granola yum last summer.  The bars came in the mail and were gobbled up by the kids and I before CG got any!


I love that they come in squares, so when you need just a little treat...you can split it amongst your friends and family.  My kids especially love them because they are one of the few non-paleo snacks for before/after swim practice that I stock.  

Too many bars these days are so stuffed with junk.  


 "These new, wholesome snacks are made from slow-roasted whole almonds, tangy fruits, toasted oats and our extraordinary deep chocolate, with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives."

So Paleo?  No.  However, it's a perfect little snack with just enough yum to head off a major Paleo cheat when I feel it coming.  Better to eat a square or two of these babies at less than 40 calories a square and full of almonds then give in to a whole bag of "melt in your mouth, not in your hand" artificial, preservative packed yuck, right?  


Want some of your own?  Giveaway at the end for one lucky  reader!!


Back to that soup today?  I was inspired to make another hand-crafted, nurturing soup with a little zing.



Spicy Curry Carrot Soup 
(Paleo &Gluten Free Recipe)

Makes about 7-8 hearty servings


2 tbsp olive oil
1 large sweet onion, chopped
4-5 sliced large mushrooms, sliced
2-3 lbs. carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
2-3 stalks celery and leaves, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

2-4 tbsp curry powder
2-4 tbsp cumin
2-4 tbsp smoked paprika
1-2 tbsp garlic powder
2-4 tbsp chili powder
1-3 tbsp siracha or tabasco

3-4 tbsp cider vinegar
1-2 tsp sea salt to desired taste
**Fresh Fast chicken stock (see below)or 3-4 cups of chicken stock


Warm olive oil over medium in heavy pot.  Add next six ingredient from onions to ground pepper.  Saute for 3-4 minutes until onions start to soften and oil is evenly distributed.  Cover, put on low and cook for 20 minutes or until carrots are very tender. Meanwhile warm up store purchased chicken broth or make ** Fresh, Fast chicken stock below.



Put all contents into a blender and blend for 4-5 minutes.  You may have to do this in batches.  Vegetables should be very smooth and the consistency of a puree.

Place puree back into pot over low heat. Add 2 cups of broth. Mix thoroughly   Begin to add spices 1 tbsp at a time then taste.  For instance add one tbsp curry powder through siracha. Then add 1/2 tsp salt. Add 1 tbsp vinegar. Stir.  Taste.  Start again from the top.  Go until you've reached the desired spiciness and balance your tongue likes. Seriously trust yourselves. The measurements of spices above were based on my palate.  You might like less or more (go wild) spicy. Remember start slowly.  You can always add more, but it's hard to take away too much salt or chili powder.

Once you have the right spice, add more chicken stock to desired soup consistency.  Some people like thick others like thin.  Your choice.

Simmer 30 more minutes to let flavors meld together. Add a splash more cider vinegar and a sprinkle more salt if needed.

Bonus? This recipe works double duty as a vitamin-packed Indian style sauce to put over rice.  Add cooked chicken and some steamed veggies and you've got curry!

**Fresh, FAST Chicken Stock (Carcass, skin, bones everything from a leftover rotisserie chicken in a large pot, cover with water, bring to boil and then turn down to simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Strain.)

So my friends?  I am all about making nurturing, natural foods and trusting myself.  And these bars?  I trust them.

So back to that awesome giveaway Goodness Knows has offered my readers?  Goodness Knows will ship one lucky person a tote bag, water bottle & THREE BOXES of Goodness Knows Snack Squares ($65 Value)!!



Tell me what your cooking style is in comments below to enter to win!  There are additional entry options as well!



Want to hear my husband's side of the story?  You can read his review Hip Cooks at Hip Cooks.



 Psst as for recipes for that awesome seared ahi tuna with mango salsa and red/yellow pepper soup?  Stay tuned on my blog for next week!!


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Disclosure: I was provided a cooking class and product to review but was not otherwise compensated.  As always, my opinions, good or bad, are always my own and never can be bought. :)



28 comments:

Colleen said...

That soup looks great! I rarely follow recipes unless I am baking. However, I love reading recipe books. I get ideas, shop what is in season or on sale, then cook.

Krista said...

I am very much a "follow the directions" kind of cook. Probably because my mother never did and most of her stuff... well, let's just say I don't really ask her to cook for me unless I have to! ;)
But I have started to be a bit freer... especially as I have had to modify so much to be gluten free. And I realized that I'm learning how things actually work so I can do it easier now.
But I still hate cooking.

Cristi Motto Comes said...

My cooking style is very basic. I do enjoy cooking but I don't enjoy grocery shopping so our ingredients are typically sorely lacking in our household.

Hope said...

I I don't measure either. That's why I'm a terrible baker. Basically, I like to grab a protein and a microwave pack of veggies, cook, toss together with some kind of sauce. At least, that's how I seem to be cooking this month!

Andrea B. said...

When it's a recipe I follow and tweak to meet my needs, but when I'm creating (ha!) on my own I just go with it and don't measure, either. :>

Carrie said...

My cooking style is to avoid it and make my husband cook as often as possible :) When I do cook, I'm not a strict recipe follower.

mike said...

Hooray for no measuring! Total style points. Taste ... sometimes OK...

greenhome said...

My cooking style is pretty casual, really, I am not a great cook.

Meghan said...

My cooking style is meh, no real style. I am trying to get us away from processed foods, gmo's etc.

wizardewu said...

My cooking style is to look at what's available on hand and come up with a dish. I can come up with tasty dishes because of the wide variety of dishes that I prepare.

enizete said...

Every time I get the chance I love to try some new recipes....my favorite is Italian food, lots of pasta...

clc408 said...

It depends on what I'm cooking and my mood. When baking I stick to a recipe mostly but if I'm cooking meals I get creative.

saveathomemom said...

I am very much a planner. I like to have a menu and follow recipes from a cookbook or the web.

sweepmom said...

My cooking style is kind of hap hazzard. I often will just throw things together and cannot duplicate what I make.

irenec said...

My cooking style is never to measure - just throw ingredients in a pot and hope for the best!

Barb K. said...

My style is to use left overs as often as I can. As well as using mixes from a box.
Me4Wrest@gmail.com

ready to elope... said...

I like to use whatever is on hand - and just make it up as I go.I'm notorious for throwing in tons of extra spice and herbs. Is that even a style?

Jakes Movie Reviews said...

I like makin my own recipes from various ingredients :)

Allison Downes said...

My cooking style is messy and unorganized!And I like to come up with my own recipes and use fresh and healthy ingredients.

thank you for the cool giveaway!

w l burro said...

My cooking style is lazy. I should cook from scratch more often because it's so much healthier.

laurasloves said...

My cooking is a little bit of this and that. I love trying new recipes and also like to add my special touches to them like a special herb or spice.
Laurie Emerson

Julia Magnusson (@notlikeacat) said...

I cook the same way as you, which makes it really hard to post recipes on my blog! "Handful of this, enough of that so it looks about right, then add this or that or whatever you have on hand..."

Kim (Randominities) said...

My cooking style is to let my daughter do it. I know it sounds like a cop-out answer, but I hate cooking and have let her cook since she was tall enough to clear the stove safely.

Her cooking style is much like yours; she just looks, tastes and stirs to make sure it's what she wants. This is her grandmother's and great-grandmother's way of doing it and it works for them.

Donna Kellogg said...

I usually don't cook fancy dishes without a well explained recipe but I do have a few signature dishes ;)

Vikki Billings said...

My cooking style is comfort foods. I cook for the taste and how it makes me feel.
vikki.billings@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am a seasoning kind of cook. I like to experiment with all the different dishes and amount of seasoning until I get just the right one :)

Samii Alexxis said...

I like being innovative with items i already have in the kitchen

Stacy said...

As a scientist, I like measuring and precision but now that I am a mommmy...all bets are off in the kitchen, LOL. I might check out a recipe to get an idea how much of this or that to add but I have mastered the "wing it" mentality!

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