carrot ginger soup

This healthy carrot ginger soup is easy to make, delicious and so good for you!

 

healthy carrot ginger soup

That soup up above with the gorgeous orange color? The one that makes you want to grab a spoon and dive in? That’s carrot ginger soup, another of the delicious recipes we enjoyed while visiting DOLE headquarters last week. {Feel free to scroll right to the bottom of this post for the recipe. I completely understand if you want to skip all the fun and just get right to cooking your Carrot Ginger Soup. Ha.}

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Sitting in the lobby of the fabulous Four Seasons hotel, I’m feeling pretty fortunate for the chance to have experienced the past few days of fun, camaraderie and inspiration (even if I’m a bit sad that it’s now come to an end). I’m always a bit glad to return to my “real” life once a work trip is over but this time I’m truly feeling that it was just too short. It’s not only that I flew across the country (DC to LA) on a Wednesday and am returning a short two days later on Friday; it’s more about the fantastic folks I met, the fun we had together and the ease with which it all went down.
Two of my favorite bloggers!

Bloggers @seededtable and @hungryhousewife. Both as sweet as can be!

The trip was funded by DOLE Foods, a company I knew next-to-nothing about beforehand. Pineapple, frozen fruit (which I use on a very consistent basis for all kinds of recipes and smoothies) and the little fruit cups were the three things I could come up with about the company. It never even occurred to me that you could make so many delicious dishes from their simple products (like this Carrot Ginger Soup). And, to avoid getting too nostalgic and therefore bore you to tears, here are a few things I learned about them during my stay that makes me oh-so-happy that I took the time to attend:
DOLE headquarters!

DOLE headquarters!

  • They’re not the big company you think they are. Sure, they’re a household name. Yes, they’ve been around so long that your mother made you Jello molds with their pineapple when you were just a wee tot. But they’ll be the first to tell you that they’re really not the big corporation you think they are. And, from what I saw and experienced first-hand, I’d have to agree. They’re sort of like that big-ish city you love to visit that has still has a cool, small-town vibe – even though it’s no longer a hidden gem of a place to visit, it still maintains that true-to-its-roots groove.
A gorgeous mural inside DOLE headquarters.

A gorgeous mural inside DOLE headquarters.

  • They’re 99% GMO-free. Why not 100%, you ask? It’s that darn papaya. The seeds of the papaya plant have become so contaminated with GMO that it’s really difficult to ensure that it’s free of GMO’s. Look for “GMO-free” labeling on DOLE products coming very soon!
Flowers around the entrance to DOLE headquarters.

Flowers around the entrance to DOLE headquarters.

  • Their products can be used in sooo much more than your mother’s Jello molds and your kid’s smoothies. Like this Carrot Ginger Soup, for example. Would you have thought to add DOLE mandarin oranges? I’ve added a little orange juice to my carrot ginger soup in the past but a can of mandarin oranges wouldn’t have even entered my mind. And, let me tell you, it tastes fantastic. From souffles to quinoa to fried rice – DOLE products are for more than just your mama’s pineapple upside-down cake! And I know you’ll love this recipe for Carrot Ginger Soup, too – it’s so good and so easy!

  • The DOLE employees – every single one that I met – believe in and are passionate about not only the DOLE products, but the integrity and mission of the company itself – not to mention being proud of its history. This was the coolest part of the experience for me. Founder James Dole was quoted at least three times in casual conversation by employees during my visit. “Quality, quality, quality” was what James Dole firmly believed in and the employees at DOLE seem to be determined to keep his legacy going. Not just with the products, either – everything at their headquarters, from the murals on the walls to the healthy but fantastic food they serve in their employee cafeteria (seriously, I would pay to eat there if I lived in the area and they allowed an outside stalker inside every day) – is top-notch. {And ps. DOLE does 1/3 of their own farming!}
The cafeteria at DOLE headquarters has KILLER food! This turkey burger was to die for, along with the salsa I used as a condiment.

The cafeteria at DOLE headquarters has KILLER food! This turkey burger was to die for, along with the salsa I used as a condiment.

  • They’re coming out with some innovative products that I’m really excited about. Among other things…soups!! I’m in love with their soups!! We taste-tested them and the flavor is like something I just whipped up myself. The reason for that is a new technology that they now own the rights to. The normal process of rapid heating and cooling (in order to make foods shelf-stable) takes 15 minutes – but this new technology takes just 80 seconds. What does this mean? It means that the flavor of the food is much fresher – AND that more nutrients are retained. I read through the ingredient list, too, and there wasn’t one single ingredient listed that I couldn’t pull from my own pantry. The boxed soups will be hitting store shelves sometime this year and they even have a carrot ginger soup in their line.
A few of my favorite DOLE products.

A few of my favorite DOLE products.

I feel inspired by all that I learned and experienced during my time with DOLE. I hope you’ll try some of their new products (and I’d love to hear some creative ways you use them). I also hope you’ll try this easy recipe for Carrot Ginger Soup!

healthy carrot ginger soup

One last tidbit for ya’ before we get to the carrot ginger soup recipe! Pineapple juice…ever wonder why DOLE still sells it in cans? To see the difference between pineapple juice sold in cans and in clear bottles, check out this tweetpic I sent out last week. And don’t miss the other bloggers who were there and their tweets by following along with hashtag #DoleSummit.

Note: Although DOLE Foods paid for my trip to visit with them and learn more about their products, history and culture, I was otherwise in no way compensated for this post nor am I under any obligation to post about my opinions and experiences. I blogged about it because they’re a company that I personally believe in. And also because this recipe for Carrot Ginger Soup rocks my world!

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