I put 'quick' in the title because this is my go-to recipe when I need a nutrientrich soup that is fast to make. It is a great skin-turnaround meal, too, as carrots are one of the best sources of beta-carotene, which helps clarify the skin and normalise skin-cell turnover by improving the circulation of oxygen. The herbs and spices help stimulate digestion, while garlic is full of allicin (the oily, pungent liquid you get when you smash garlic), which is a potent antibacterial that may help clear acne and other skin infections. Paprika is full of vitamin C and also boasts one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbing capacity) scores known, meaning it is full of skin-protective antioxidants.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the onion and garlic and stir occasionally for about 3 minutes, or until tender.
- Add the carrot, spices and lemon zest, stirring occasionally until the carrot softens, then add the filtered water. Season to taste. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until flavours combine (about 10 minutes).
- Remove from heat, add the yoghurt and lemon juice and process with a hand-held blender until smooth.
- Serve hot, dolloped with extra yoghurt, scattered with herbs and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.
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