Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup

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An Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup is what it is our menu for the 7 Weeks of Lent Recipes
An Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup is what it is our menu for the 7 Weeks of Lent Recipes

An Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup is what it is in our menu for the 7 Weeks of Lent Recipes. But you might be wondering why is this soup using ugly carrots. This dish isn’t ugly at all we are using what has been qualified as an ugly carrot by vegetable cosmetic standards here in the US.

Ingredients for making the Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup
Ingredients for making the Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup

These carrots are perfectly fresh and good for human consumption but they do not look perfect so they are qualified as ugly produce that many times is thrown away despite being fresh. Worldwide it is known food waste is a big problem. Just here in the US about twenty six percent of the produce is wasted.

An Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup is what it is our menu for the 7 Weeks of Lent Recipes

Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup

Chef Adriana Martin
The Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup, a vegetarian option that is perfect for lent and a plate of soup that will nourish our soul knowing we are helping the future by avoiding these carrots go to waste because they aren't pretty.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American Cuisine
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 7 ugly carrots peeled and washed
  • 6 cups of boiling water
  • 1 fresh turmeric peeled washed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of chipotle sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of crema mexicana

Instructions
 

  • Add the water to a soup pan and let it boil, then add the peeled and clean carrots and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until tender.
  • Add the cooked carrots to the blender along the turmeric and the butter.
  • Pour 4 cups of the water you used to cook the carrots and blend until getting a smooth consistency.
  • Pour this preparation to a soup pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook for other 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot and garnish with chipotle sauce and crema mexicana.
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Living in markets where there is bounty of resources and surplus of food in the marketplace, does not mean there will be enough food to feed our families and future generations.

Cooking ugly carrot and turmeric soup
Cooking ugly carrot and turmeric soup

As it is right now, there are people here in the US that suffer from hunger due to poverty. Then add to this issue the food that is wasted everyday that can be donated for local food banks to feed people in need.

Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup because ugly is beautiful
Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup, because ugly is beautiful!

But did you know that also food waste contributes to other issues such as the waste of natural resources like water. We could use less water and be more efficient if we actually produce and eat all the fruits and vegetables that are grown.

Forty percent of the food grown is wasted
Forty percent of the food grown is wasted

Statistics say that forty percent of the food grown is wasted. In average a family in America wastes $2000 dollars per year in food that they never eat. Watch this video from a TEDTalks talk to better understand this issue that we can help to solve.

That is why I am taking a stand at home and to avoid food waste by buying less, changing my point of view on how a fruit or a vegetable should look and educating my family that ugly fruits and vegetables are indeed beautiful. That is why when I saw these carrots in the supermarket I could not resist to buy them and prepare this delicious Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup. A vegetarian option that is perfect for lent and a plate of soup that will nourish our soul knowing we are helping the future by avoiding these carrots go to waste because they aren’t pretty.

Ugly carrot and turmeric soup recipe for lent
Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup Recipe for Lent

In my Mexican cuisine it is known there is seldom waste. With leftovers we prepare tacos, enchiladas or sopes. I remember growing up my mom was used to transform leftovers into delicious dishes like soups, empanadascroquettes and casseroles.

I invite you reflect on this issue, specially now that we are celebrating lent. Prepare my recipe for Ugly Carrot and Turmeric Soup it is tasty and hassle free. Take the opportunity to educate the children on the importance of doing good and prevent food waste.

We all have the duty to do good ~ Pope Francis



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Life Quintessentials

We completely agree, a unique looking carrot still tastes delicious in a fantastic recipe like this one. I also shared this discussion with our followers: https://www.facebook.com/lifequintessentials/posts/1093078387415635

Stephanie Chavez

You are right! With so many people starving – in our own country even – there is no reason to be throwing away produce that to some may look “ugly.” There are many ways to use those vegetables. Great post!

Lisa Rios

An ugly carrot! My goodness it looks beautiful for sure as a Soup. Turmeric has so many health benefits & Carrot being one of my favorite veggie I would love to try this delicious recipe at home sometime during the weekend.

Healing Tomato

We always search for the “ugly” looking carrots when we are shopping for them. Turmeric and carrots is a frequent combination in Indian cooking. Your recipe looks delightful!

Dee Dee Eberle

I’m in the midst of a self-pantry challenge, and this is exactly the type of reason I’m doing it. Food waste is everyone’s problem, and it certainly doesn’t just stop at shunning “ugly” produce (which I always buy because I think it’s cute!). And this soup looks ah-mazing. Pinning and adding to a must-try list!

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