In an effort to compensate for my intense sweet tooth and other such not entirely healthy cravings, I have been cooking quite a bit from Heidi Swanson's 101 cookbooks blog. I made the carrot soup for a second time with carrots leftover from the carrot cake I baked earlier in the week (see? sweet tooth!).
I followed Heidi's suggestion and added some paneer croutons made with paneer which was also left over from the matar paneer I cooked the week before. I also ended up running some of my soup through the blender and then adding some more of the non-blended soup with more solid carrot pieces on top. I liked the mix of textures. The delicious soup was accompanied by a sourdough roll from La Brea Bakery. I topped it with a drizzle of lemon olive oil and red pepper flakes for more flavor and a little spice. I tend to like a little spice in almost everything I eat.
Like most of Heidi's recipes, the soup left me feeling happy and healthy afterwards and way less guilty of a small sweet treat for dessert.