Creamy Roasted Beet Soup

This beet soup is easy to make and full of nutrient goodness. You can either use potatoes or cauliflower or any other vegetable as a base to break down that very strong beet taste while still enjoying its delicate flavor. Beets are a highly nutritious vegetable that provide an array of health benefits! They are an excellent source of folate; only 1 medium beet provides 50% of your total folate requirements for the day. Beets can support and lower blood pressure, improve physical performance, are a nutrient powerhouse, fight inflammation, support healthy liver detoxification, reduce the risk of dementia and they can ease constipation. Here are 8 reasons why you should eat more beets!

Ingredients

  • 4 trimmed medium beets (600g)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 leeks, trimmed, halved lenthways and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, (400g) potatoes, peel and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 cups (1L) vegetable stock concentrate or other stock
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
  2. Individually wrap beets in foil and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until just tender when tested with a skewer.
  3. Remove foil and peel and chop roasted beets. It may be helpful to wear gloves to avoid red hands.
  4. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat and sauté leeks, potatoes and garlic until leeks are soft. About 5 minutes. Add beets, vegetable stock and pepper. You can also add a pinch of cayenne if you wish.
  5. Cover soup and bring to boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Blend with a blender, or a stick blender until smooth. Garnish with salt and pepper and add some greek organic yogurt or coconut cream and chives.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Servings: 6

Substitutions

  • Leek – scallions, spring onion
  • Beets – sweet potato, pumpkin
  • Potato – cauliflower, sweet potato, carrots, winter squash
  • Coconut oil – olive oil

Calories: 120

Fat: 4g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 160mg

Carbohydrates: 18g

Fiber: 4g

Sugars: 7g

Protein: 2g