Beets are a naturally sweet root vegetable that are packed with vitamins and minerals.
They are a good source of vitamin B and iron. Beets are a source of betalains, which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. B-vitamins have been shown to prevent brain atrophy. This soup is a delicious way to introduce beets into your family’s repertoire. Beet’s bright pigment can stain, so be careful!
6 large beets
2 shallots, finely chopped
½ inch fresh ginger, grated
2 limes, juiced
To roast beets, preheat oven to 350°.
Wash beets gently to leave skin in place. Trim, leaving an inch or so of the stem and taproot. Place in a baking dish with about ½ cup water, cover and bake until soft, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, rub skin off and dice.
Peel and finely chop shallots. Grate ginger. Juice limes.
1 teaspoon cumin, ground
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 quart (32 oz., or 4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
1 15-oz. can coconut milk
2 tablespoons cilantro
Sauté shallots, cumin and ginger in coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. When shallots are soft, add beets and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, then use an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to puree. Stir in coconut milk and lime juice.
Ladle into bowls, garnish with cilantro.
Preparation: 10 minutes, plus 45 for roasting