A Tribute to Carrots

Carrots are my heroes. On days when I felt like the whole "back to real food thing" was too much to handle, carrots got me through. They are easy on the stomach when cooked and you don't have to spend hours adding lots of ingredients to make them taste good. Carrots are also easy to find inexpensive and in bulk. (Costco carries HUGE bags of organic carrots--I can actually eat a whole thing myself. No kidding. I mean.. it does takes a while, but I can.) So this simple soup is a tribute to the majestic carrot. It's got only a few ingredients to prove to you just how awesome the simple carrot is on it's own. 30 minutes tops and you have a healthy, healing bowl of GAPS diet soup.

 

GAPS diet soup

As you begin cooking some of the soups on my blog, you might notice something... we don't skimp out on the fat here. You need butter. You need REAL butter. And you NEED to eat fat!!

When I was in high school, I started eating very little fat, thinking it would help me optimize training and performance in the pole vault. I cut out butter and oils, meat fat, eggs yolks, and only drank skim milk. It wasn't until years later that I realized the damage I was doing. I was cutting out essential nutrients that my BRAIN and BODY needed to function correctly.

I'm going to refer you to Dr. Natasha Capmbell-McBride's Book Put Your Heart in Your Mouth for the explanation of why we NEED healthy fats--and that means good quality olive oil, coconut oil, butter, and animal fats. Natural butter is an excellent source of cholesterol--the very substance that makes up most of the synapses in our brain, cell membranes and walls, and the myelin fibers that protect and nourish our brain and nervous system. Without enough cholesterol, our bodies cannot support brain development (i.e. our memories!!), eye development, our nervous system, hormone regulation, and the immune system. Cholesterol is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO OUR BODIES' FUNCTIONING!

Once I began to incorporate natural, pure butter in my diet again, my mood swings and memory improved tremendously. You will not get fat, I promise. I had a really hard time keeping weight ON while I was starting this program. Replacing processed foods with essential fats and oils will breathe health and healing into your life.

 

Carrot Soup
Author: Amy MoffatPrep time: 5 minCook time: 20 minServings: 4

Ingredients:

10-12 carrots
1 onion
1/4 c chopped leek--optional but I really like the heartiness it gives
2 Tbsp ghee or butter (organic and unsalted, without other ingredients. I use KerryGold, it's delicious.)
6 cups chicken broth (homemade only!!)
1/2 Tbsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Directions:

Peel and roughly chop the carrots, onions, and leeks.
In a LARGE skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter.
Saute carrots, onions, and leeks over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes, or until the onions are soft and fragrant.
Add chicken broth, salt, and pepper.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce to simmer and let cook (covered or uncovered) for about 20 minutes.
Puree either with an immersion blender or pour into a blender and puree on high.

Stage 1 Instructions:

In a large saucepot, bring broth to a boil
Add carrots, onion, leek, salt, and ghee (or other stable animal fat) and simmer for 20 minutes
Puree either with an immersion blender or pour into a blender and puree on high.

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