The other night I came home from work starving and exhausted. I guess this is where normal people order takeout, but I don’t think I’ve done that in years. Too much work, plastic, money, and I can cook something way better at home. Not to put down anyone who does get takeout, it’s just not my style. Cooking things myself is self-love, a way I give love to my family, and a creative outlet.
Surveying the fridge, I saw a jar of carrot soup that I’d pulled out from the freezer that morning, and decided to make my meal around that. The result was so easy and delicious that I made it for dinner the next night, too. Here’s the recipe.
loaded carrot soup (serves two very hungry people)
4 cups of roasted carrot soup – this recipe is so simple and tastes amazing. I double or triple cook it and then freeze in mason jars.
1 cup of quinoa
2 small or 1 large zucchini (other green veggies would work well here, too- like brussels or broccoli)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons seeds- like pumpkin, sesame, sunflower or a mix
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
any other toppings you’d like- fresh herbs, chili flakes, green onions, flaky sea salt, cherry tomatoes, dollop of coco yogurt, the options are endless.
Place quinoa in a small pot with 1.5 cups of water or broth and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then turn to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Pour the soup into a small pot to heat.
Chop up zucchini and heat oil in a skillet. Add in zucchini and a sprinkle of salt and let sear without stirring for a minute or two on high. Stir and let cook another minute or two until tender. With broccoli or brussels, cover the pan at this time to let it steam a bit. Pull off the heat, add in the garlic, and stir quickly to incorporate, taking care not to burn the garlic.
Toast the seeds in a dry pan until popping and toasty, about 2 minutes over med-high.
Divide soup between bowls and dollop the quinoa (you may not use it all) in a pile towards the side so it doesn’t disperse all the way into the soup. Add the zucchini. Add the avocado, seeds, and any other toppings and serve!
*also, the first picture is from when I made it the second night and wasn’t rushing. This picture below is from the first night and arguably is even prettier. REAL fast food.