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5 ingredient carrot and ginger soup with quinoa | for CanToo

If I asked you to think of a good post-workout meal, a 5 ingredient soup would probably be the last thing on your list, right?

Considering I have taken the plunge, quite literally, and signed up for a 1km ocean swim training with the wonderful people at CanToo who will be teaching me to swim basically from scratch over the next 12 weeks, I needed every bit of nutritional support to help my most earnest efforts not to drown. CanToo is a swim and run training program that raises much needed funds for Cure Cancer Foundation sponsored research in Australia. Since its inception in 2005, CanToo participants have raised nearly $8 million for various research programmes – how good is that?

To give you an idea of how poor my swimming was, and still is, at the first pool training session I announced to Mr Chipconnoisseur that I would happily sign up for a marathon than swim this 1k! But I persisted and with his support on the weekend I managed to swim, float and everything in between to one of the buoys out at Bondi and back. How good is that?!

Since CanToo’s official colour is orange, it is only fitting that I dedicate this bright orange post-workout soup to everyone at CanToo! Full of beta-karoten goodness from the carrot and post-workout recovery protein and nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium from the quinoa, it is a light and delicious solace from ocean swimming – something I still consider a bit of a challenge but I hope that one day I will find it just as pleasurable as I’ve found the soup.

Serves 2

Carrot and ginger soup with quinoa | for CanToo

A tasty 5 ingredient soup that has all the benefits of cooked carrots and quinoa – heat up of you wish but the soup is also very refreshing served cold in summer.

{Printable Recipe}

For the soup:

  • 4 carrots (500g)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 cup quinoa

To serve:

  • Chopped parsley to serve

To make the soup: peel carrots and chop into cubes. Place in a large saucepan, add stock and ginger and cook for 15 minutes or until the carrot is tender. In the meantime prepare quinoa.

To cook quinoa: place grains into a large sieve and rinse thoroughly under cold running water for about 30 seconds. Place in a saucepan, cover with cold water and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Once the grains become translucent, drain and set aside.

To serve: process carrot soup with a stick blender until smooth, heat up of you wish but the soup is also very refreshing served cold in summer. Divide soup between bowls, add quinoa and sprinkle with some chopped parsley.


Timothy R November 17, 2011 at 8:42 am

This is looks super tasty, and well done on doing the swim!

Anne S November 17, 2011 at 8:43 am

What a vibrant soup. Seems quick and easy to make and I bet it tastes great. Bookmarking.

barbara November 17, 2011 at 9:05 am

Congrats on the swim. I have a friend in NZ who cannot swim. It totally amazes me she didn’t swim as a child.

A nice touch with the quinoa on top.

Three-Cookies November 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

The soup has an excellent vibrant color. You asked about Nöt-Crème. Nöt-Crème is the same as nutella, its not the 2 colored choco nut spread. Good luck with the training, I need to learn swimming also!

sprint2thetable November 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

I think it sounds like a lovely post-workout soup! The carrot and ginger flavors and a great combo and I’m always wanting something quick and tasty. Best of luck with the swims!

Sneh | Cook Republic November 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

Martyna that is seriously commendable! Learning to swim and doing it well as an adult is quite something. Nick has been going for swimming lessons for the past 11 months and it can be hard. Ocean swim? You are my hero! Love the vibrant soup! Wish you the very best with your training :)

Christine Angell November 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

What an awesome idea, looks and sounds delicious!! The best thing about doing something new and challenging is knowing that every week you overcome a little bit more and the confidence within gets you through to the next! Well done! And what a fantastic cause too. Go Can Too!!!! :-D

Sherilyn @ Wholepromise November 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Love this easy meal – there is nothing quite like throwing together something as tasty as this when pressed for time.

sara (Belly Rumbles) November 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Good on you for taking up the training and learning to swim, bit step when you are an adult. Soup looks so vibrant and I do love anything that only has 5 ingredients.

TasteFood November 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Lovely soup and beautiful photo!

Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan November 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Soup looks beautiful with that vibrant orange from the carrots!

Congrats on learning how to swim and doing that 1km ocean swim is very impressive for a beginner. I’m glad I started from a very young age because it’s always a good thing to know how to swim when living in a harbour city like Sydney.

saffronandhoney November 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

That is a great looking soup! Wonderful colors and I bet the addition of quinoa is great for both nutrition and texture.

Bam's Kitchen November 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Best of luck on the swim! This soup is very vibrant and lovely. I am sure you will have the most Vitamin A and best eye site of all the competitors.

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed November 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Wow, what a vibrant beauty! & no, I do not think of soup as a post workout meal :) but this = amazing.
Heidi xo

Steph November 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

Oh my gosh, Marty! Half marathons and now the swim… You are amazing, such an inspiration! The soup looks perfect too.

Sissi November 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I don’t know how you have managed to create such a glowing red soup with carrots, but it looks gorgeous! Congratulations for the swimming skills improvement (I will not even mention mine here… unfortunately I don’t live in Australia and don’t have the beautiful beaches).

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide November 19, 2011 at 4:56 am

One of the prettiest soups I’ve ever seen!

Nami | Just One Cookbook November 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

No cream in it but it looks so creamy and smooth from the picture. I’m in love with this gorgeous orange color. I can look at it forever. Love how you added quinoa in this soup. Although I’m too lazy to workout, I’m willing to drink this soup every meal… to make up for not having workout. =P

Lizzy (Good Things) November 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I agree, a very pretty looking soup!

rsmacaalay November 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Look how vibrant that soup is! Love the photo and how simple the recipe is!

Gemma Wilson November 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Yum Yum Yumola…Delicious

marekzyskowski December 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I finally got around to making this soup. The Quinoa was a real mystery to my guests but everyone liked it. It makes a great meal if you eat a little of something else.
Good luck with your swim and thank you once again.

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