Roasted Beet Soup & My New Favorite Green Smoothie

We had such a mild winter here in Central Texas this year…hardly a freeze at all! So, unlike previous gardening seasons, our fall/winter garden has held out and continued to produce some really delicious greens and veggies right into spring! It’s been a real treat having kale, spinach, and beets…some of my favorites…producing non-stop for a solid 6 months! :)

Because the weather never really took out any of our veggies, we’ve been having to pull a lot of them up lately to prep and plant our spring garden. All of a sudden we needed to plant tomatoes, cucumbers & potatoes…along with lots of other yummy summer veggies…but, our garden was still completely full and going strong! I’ve managed to convince my hubby to leave the kale in the ground as long as possible…we eat it so often and it can be tough to find fresh organic kale in the grocery store…but, we’ve had to pull up tons of spinach and beets in order to make room for other plantings.

With the spinach, we’ve been enjoying lots of fresh spinach based salads…which we never seem to get tired of. And, I’ve been making Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie for breakfast daily. It’s a really tasty combo of spinach, romaine, celery, apple, pear, banana, and lemon and it has tons of fiber so it keeps me full all morning.

I started following Kimberly’s Beauty Detox Solution about a month ago and I’m loving it! I’ll talk more about her program and how it’s helping me in a future post…but for now, if you’re interested, you can check out her website…which has tons of great info…here! :)

With all of the beets we’ve had to pull up, we’ve been juicing some, canning some, and then roasting the rest. Once they are roasted they are wonderful as a simple side with lunch or dinner and they are also really yummy sliced on top of salads.

Another simple and delicious way that we’ve enjoyed our beets is in this Roasted Beet Soup. This is not a hearty meal-type soup…but, it’s wonderful served alongside a big salad for lunch or as an appetizer.

I love how easy this soup is to make. It’s warm and sweet with earthy flavors, and the cayenne pepper gives it a nice kick. The beet flavor definitely takes center stage…so, If you like beets…you’ll love this soup! :)  You can save time by roasting the beets a day, or even a few days, ahead of time. They keep well in the fridge for quite a few days. Most beet soup recipes that I’ve seen suggest removing the beet skin after the beets have roasted and cooled. I chose to leave the skins on…simply to save time and the mess of removing them. Once blended (I used my Vitamix), there wasn’t even a single trace of the skin. If you don’t have a high powered blender, you might consider removing the outer skins before blending.

Roasted Beet Soup
5.0 from 2 reviews
Print
Recipe type: Soup, Appetiser
Author: Melissa
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 6
I love how simple this soup is to make! It’s warm and sweet with earthy flavors, and the cayenne pepper gives it a nice kick. The beet flavor definitely takes center stage…so, If you like beets…you’ll love this soup! You can save time by roasting the beets ahead of time…they keep well in the fridge for quite a few days.
Ingredients
  • 3-4 medium sized beets
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup roughly chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (depending on how much heat you want)
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Trim, clean, and quarter the beets. Rub them with a very small amount of olive oil (just enough to lightly coat them), then place them on a foil lined baking sheet and roast them at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes (roasting time will depend on the size of your beets) or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Place all remaining ingredients (except salt & pepper) in a medium sized saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender and translucent..
  4. Place the beets in a blender and puree until smooth slowly adding the cooked broth mixture.
  5. Add sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

 

I’ll have lots of gardening news to chat about soon, as our spring garden starts to come together…but, until then…I hope you all have a wonderful week! :)

Health, hugs, & happiness ~ Melissa

 

You might also be interested in:

About Melissa

I've been blessed with an amazing husband, Tyler and two amazing children, Mia who is 5yrs old and Luke who is 3yrs old. Our entire family has a passion for food. We see food as a means of nutrition, something wonderful to enjoy and indulge in, and meals...if we are doing them right...serve as a fun social experience too! Food definitely brings this family together!
Our family, as a whole, eats a mostly vegetarian diet...although we do consume meat and fish, on occasion. So, I'm always looking for and trying out new vegetarian and vegan recipes that hopefully all of us will enjoy.
Besides food, we are passionate about gardening. We have an organic veggie garden in our backyard that provides a good portion of the veggies that we consume. The kids love to jump in and get their hands dirty and it's crazy how much they already know about gardening! It makes my husband and me so happy to think that they will (hopefully) carry this experience and lifestyle into their futures.
I'm also passionate about learning new ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and provide one for my family...and, I love sharing these ideas with anyone who is interested in hearing about them! So, as I discover recipes and other healthy happy things I will share them...and when you discover some yourself...I'd love for you to share them with me! :)

Comments

  1. Kim says:

    That soup sounds soooo good! I bet if you roasted the onion with the beets, you could just whip up all the ingredients in the Vitamix! :)

  2. Melissa says:

    Ohhh…that’s a good idea Kim!! You could even throw a head of garlic in there too! :) Although, I think the soup might get some of it’s flavor by simmering the spices with the onion/broth mixture. You might just have to increase each of the seasonings just a bit??

  3. Jenny says:

    YUM ! I am so making this…LOVE beets in every way shape and form :) And glad to see you got aVitamix !!!!!

Speak Your Mind

*

Rate this recipe: