Beet & Coconut Soup (+ a video!)

I love beets.  My whole family does.  You either love ’em or hate ’em and around these parts, it’s love.  We often just boil them, add a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper and serve them alongside whatever we are eating.  Tonight, given the cool weather, I decided to make a warm beet and cold fighting soup.  The zing of ginger combined with the richness of the coconut milk, made beautiful in colour and flavour by the beets was just what I was aiming for.  To top it off, the ingredients list is a short one, adding to the simplicity of this soup.  To make it even easier, we whip up this soup in our amazing new blender, generously sent to us by the kind folks at Vitamix. 

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The blender featured in the video and in this recipe is a new one for Canada; the Vitamix A3300 Ascent Series Blender.  I was beyond thrilled when Vitamix sent me this blender to create a recipe with.  I’ve been raving about our new blender since the day I received it!  This is seriously a game changer. The first thing you’ll notice is its beautiful, sleek design and touchscreen control panel. The large 64 oz container was an amazing upgrade for our family, as we’re able to add enough ingredients at once to make enough smoothies (or soup!) for all of us. My 7 year old son loves helping in the kitchen, and the new touchscreen panel makes it really simple to use. I can tell him to set it to a specific speed and amount of time (the programmable timer is amazing!), and watch it do its magic. The result is always incredibly smooth soups, purées, and smoothies. I am really impressed and couldn’t be happier to have this new blender as a staple in our kitchen.

This beet soup is completely vegan and you can boil your beets in advance and then whip up this soup in under 10 minutes in your Vitamix. You’ll set the timer for 6 minutes on the highest speed, and walk away.  Let this awesome blender do all the work! The soup turns out silky smooth and quite beautiful to look at, and then chow down on of course.  Check out the video below to see this recipe come to life and this new bad boy in action! The super fast speed of the blade literally heats up your ingredients until they’re steaming hot.  I’m in love with a kitchen appliance, can you tell?

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Beet & Coconut Soup (+ a video!)

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 large beets; peeled and cut into 1? chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 can coconut milk (approx. 400 ml)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted

Instructions

  1. Boil beets in large pot of water. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger in oil until onion is clear and tender. Set aside.
  2. Place all ingredients into your Vitamix blender in the following order: beets, onion, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, salt and pepper, and vegetable stock. Secure the lid.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10.
  4. Blend for 6 minutes.
  5. Garnish with shredded coconut. Serve hot.
http://loveandlentils.com/2017/02/23/beetcoconutsoup/

 

*Today’s post is sponsored by Vitamix, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support what I do and keep my little blog alive! 

Enjoy!

sophia

 

Berry Red Beet Juice

It’s no secret, we are a beet-loving family.  I grew up eating them, and we often include them in our meals in a very simple way – usually boiled and served with a drizzle of olive oil.  My son loves them so much as well, which is so awesome since we can’t deny the amazing health benefits.

Beet Juice

Beets have been used in folk remedies for centuries, and the main reason being that they are loaded with betanin, an amazing antioxidant.  Their intense, deep red colour is not only gorgeous to look at, but shows how loaded they are with antioxidants. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, working as a purifier for the blood.  Besides all of this, they are loaded with many other minerals and vitamins and taste delicious.  They work especially well with berries in smoothies or juices, as well as citrus and greens.  I’ve made many different beet juice concoctions, but my son simply loves this one!  Beets are naturally very sweet and moist, which makes them ideal for incorporating in a variety of beet dishes, desserts, or juices.

Beet Juice

I don’t know about you, but I can barely keep my eyes open past 9:00pm and this weekend was a jam-packed party.  We celebrated two friends’ birthdays last night, and we were home in the wee hours.  I was so exhausted today and I notice that I always crave fresh juice when I’m low on energy.  The energy boost from nutritious juices always seems to amaze me.  I felt so much better after having a tall glass of my Berry Red Beet Juice today.  

So I’ll be spending the rest of my Sunday with pink-stained hands.  Have a great rest of the weekend, everyone!

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Beet Juice

Berry Red Beet Juice

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 organic beets
  • 8 organic strawberries
  • 1 organic orange

Instructions

  1. Wash the beets, strawberries and orange.
  2. Cut the greens off the strawberries, and slice the beets and orange into quarters.
  3. Place all ingredients through your juicer.
  4. Serve and drink right away.
http://loveandlentils.com/2014/04/13/berry-red-beet-juice/

Beet Juice

Beet Juice

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