Sweet and Spicy Carrot Bisque

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on September 11, 2016

Carrot Soup 2

I love soups that have layers of complex flavors. Where, in every bite, you taste multiple ingredients with bursts of sweetness and spice.

And while this soup is probably more of a fall soup, I had a ton of leftover carrots in my fridge and I needed to use them up! This recipe was the perfect choice.

Carrot Soup 3

It was inspired by a recipe I found in Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Sharebut I modified it pretty significantly to give it more spice 🙂

This soup is warming, comforting, slightly sweet and super satisfying. The banana and coconut milk add a ton of creaminess without adding actual cream, and the lime brings a bright, citrusy feel to the soup. We served it with a small grilled cheese sandwich made on sprouted wheat bread for some additional protein and fiber.

Carrot Soup 1

The husband loved it, and it’s super kid friendly too!

Sweet and Spicy Carrot Bisque

Makes 4 Servings. Nutritional Info Per Serving: 172 Calories, 10.1g Fat (5.2g Saturated), 426mg Sodium, 19.4g Carbs, 4.4g Fiber, 7.4g Sugar, 3.3g Protein


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups of peeled, sliced carrots (about 6-7 carrots)
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 15oz can light coconut milk
  • 2.5 Tbsp lime juice
  • Toasted pepitas (for garnish)


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt, saute 5 min until onion is soft. Stir in ginger, cook 1-2 min. Add curry powder, cayenne and 1/4 cup water. Cook 1-2 min, stirring to coat onion & ginger with curry mixture.
  2. Add carrots, banana, 1 tsp salt and 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered for 25 min or until carrots are soft enough to be pierced with a fork.
  3. Puree soup using an immersion blender or in batches using a regular blender. Return soup to pot and stir in 1 cup light coconut milk and lime juice.
  4. Simmer remaining 3/4 cup coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium high heat for 10 min, or until reduced by half. Ladle soup into bowls, and swirl 1.5 Tbsp coconut milk reduction into each serving. Top with pepitas (about 1 tsp per bowl).



I created this post as part of Book Club Cookbook’s soup swap blogger party, to celebrate the launch of Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Share by Kathy Gunst, Resident Chef for NPR’s “Here and Now.”



A Healthy Protein Bar Giveaway from Thunderbird Bar!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on September 1, 2016


I’m a bar addict. I love finding new and tasty fruit/nut or protein bars made with all natural ingredients: they are the perfect healthy snack on the go, or more often than not, I eat them for dessert!

I don’t usually eat the whole bar in one sitting because it ends up being a lot of calories/sugar for a snack or dessert (even if it is naturally sweetened with dates or some other dried fruit). So I usually cut them up into smaller portions and store in little containers to eat throughout the week.

So when the folks at Thunderbird Bar reached out to me I knew I had to try their inventive healthy bar creations. How could I resist flavors like: Cashew + Fig + Carrot, Cacao + Hemp + Walnut, and Almond + Apricot + Vanilla??

I love their unique flavor combinations and the fact that they only use whole foods in each of their bars. Their bars are all under 200 calories, and have a wide range in terms of protein content and sugar content.

For example their Almond + Apricot + Vanilla bar has these ingredients: Apricots, Almonds, Almond Butter,  Quinoa, Vanilla, Himalayan Sea Salt; and has 161 Calories, 8.5g Fat, 3.6g Fiber, 11.1g Sugar, 7g Protein.


All of their bars are dairy + soy free, Non-GMO, have zero added sugar, are Vegan, Paleo and Gluten Free! Oh, and they taste great too 🙂

And now, one lucky reader has the opportunity to win an entire prize pack of bars from Thunderbird!

To Enter: You can enter in one of six ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

  1. Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
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This giveaway will be open until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, September 18th. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Monday, September 19th.


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