KL’S Beety-Ginger Soup

Its that time of the year when I am always trying to find a way to eat colorful, rich, dark foods that are not only healthy but taste great. I have loved beets from a young age and eat them in salads, beet risotto, pickles… I just love them. Here’s a power soup that has the goodness of beets, ginger and garlic while being friendly to the waistline. It’s also non-dairy and can be served hot or cold. Here is the recipe:

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Beet-Ginger Soup with Coconut Milk and Pomegranate
Olive oil
1 large diced onion
2 large grated carrots
3 stalks diced celery
6 cups water or vegetable stock
2 cloves minced garlic
2-3 large beets (scrubbed, head/tail removed grated)
4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons sugar (I used pomegranate molasses, commonly found in Lebanese grocery isles)
1 can coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon Salt and 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
I a large heavy-bottomed soup pot add 3 tablespoons olive oil, onion, carrot, celery. Cover and cook on medium until onions are transparent, about 5-8 minutes.

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Add grated beets, ginger, garlic and sugar, 6 cups water (or vegetable broth). Boil with lid on for 15-20 minutes or until everything is soft-cooked. Note: I substitute the sugar for pomegranate molasses which brings out the sweetness of the beets and add some acidity; similar to lemon juice. This tangy-fruity syrup is also great for use in bbq sauces and on beef ribs.

 

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Take pot off heat, keep covered and let rest. Puree small batches in blender until smooth. Always take caution when working with hot foods in a blender. I always leave the top vent slightly open and cover it with a dishcloth to let heat escape. The Ninja Auto iQ Blender seems to work very well… its got 1200 Watts and is about 1/4 the cost of the well-known blenders (it retails for less than $150 at Walmart in Canada).

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Return blended soup to pot and stir in coconut milk. Season with the salt and pepper. Garnish with a dab of sour cream, sprigs of cilantro, drizzle of chili oil or add a few croutons. Add some crusty bread on the side for dipping and enjoy!

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This soup tasted excellent cold. I drink a glass each morning… a great vitamin booster!

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This blog post was not sponsored; I did it just for you. Enjoy, KL

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