dairy free carrot apple soup

Today is the first day of spring! Finally! I don't know if I could have taken much more of this awful winter in New York. The end of winter does not mean I need to leave my favorite soups behind. Oh, no. I enjoy soups year round, except for those summer days that hit triple digit temperatures and make my hair frizz out like a poodle. But luckily (or sadly, you be the judge!), we are still slowly being weaned from this brutal winter. That means you can have your soup and eat it, too!

I have posted about the hidden sugars, gluten and dairy in soup before so you know how careful I have become. The only way to have a true 100% guarantee that your food is safe of scary allergens is to prepare it yourself. This soup could not be easier to make and is naturally sweet and tasty. The thick consistency of the apples and carrots allow you to make a hearty soup that does not require cream or thickeners. It is also fun to play around with the spices, as apples and carrots pair well with many flavors. Thyme was calling to me during this particular occassion, but this soup is also delicious with cinnamon, ginger or even a very savory rosemary. Go nuts, have fun but most importantly, increase your fruit and veggie intake with one simple serving of this dairy free carrot apple soup. This is a soup that even Bugs Bunny would be proud of. Or my sister's bunny Oscar. #whatsupdoc

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 to 45 minutes (or slow cook throughout the day)

Ingredients:

Fresh From the Market:

  • 6 Carrots
  • 4 Red Apples
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Thyme (dried spices are okay, too)

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Stock Pot or Slow Cooker
  • Food Processor or Blender

Cooking Instructions:

  • This could not be easier. Seriously. Get ready to amaze yourself. Yes, that is the first step.
  • Wash your carrots and apples!
  • Core the apples and chop into manageable chunks - do the same with the carrots.
  • Toss them into a food processor until fully blended and creamy.
  • Pour into the stock pot or slow cooker and heat on a low to medium flame for at least 30 minutes. Add the thyme - or any spice of your choosing. Save some for garnish when serving, if desired.

And that is it! This soup is actually good cold, too, since it is reminiscent of a carrot apple smoothie. This is a great way to get your kids - or the man in your life - to up their intake of fruits and veggies in a simple, delicious way.