This recipe for ginger carrot and rutabaga soup is a healthy wintertime treat with the warming flavors of ginger, honey and lemon juice.
Serve on its own with a drizzle of honey on top or with your favorite crusty bread. This soup freezes well and is the perfect cold remedy.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Ginger Carrot and Rutabaga Soup Q & A
Yes, these creamy colored root vegetables are called rutabaga in North America and Swede in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Yes, both will taste good in this recipe.
Yes, they might not have the same depth of flavor however stock cubes will always be cheaper and are a great alternative.
Yes, turnips have a slightly stronger flavor however they will still be good in this soup.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
To make this recipe for ginger carrot and rutabaga soup gluten and dairy free; make sure the vegetable stock is free of gluten and dairy.
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It is best to make this soup when rutabaga is in season which is usually during the cooler months of the year. This is when the best prices are found.
Save even more money by growing your own. They germinate easily from seed direct in their final position. If you have poor soils consider creating a raised bed to grow root vegetables in. See these guides to Growing Rutabaga (Swede) or this guide to Creating Raised Beds from Recycled Materials for more information.
Carrots are one of the most budget friendly vegetables you can buy. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t grow your own. Fresh carrots from the garden will melt in your mouth when steamed. They store well and can be frozen for future use. See this guide to Growing Carrots.
Save money by buying honey in bulk packs when you see them on special or at farmers markets. The best prices are found during the late spring through to the fall (autumn) when pollen is plentiful.
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This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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