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.
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*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

 

Vitamix S30 Personal Blender Review, Recipes & Giveaway!

Hello friends! I hope you are all doing great and keeping afloat in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  This time of year usually means lots of time spent in the kitchen, cooking for family and friends and baking awesome treats.  I love giving the gift of food to my family and friends for Christmas, it’s always greatly appreciated and you can really get creative with what you bake, and how you package and present it.   My son, of course, has a list of toys on his Wish List. 🙂

I am beyond excited to tell you Christmas is coming early around here, folks!  I have a huge giveaway for one of my amazing readers!  I was lucky to be included in Vitamix’s Canadian launch of their personal blender, the Vitamix S30.  They very generously provided me with a blender to test, review, go crazy making recipes with, and ultimately, fall in love with.  I use my S30 almost every single day, for smoothies, dips, sauces, and also for my favourite Sunflower Seed Pesto recipe which I will be sharing with you all today.

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First, I want to tell you a bit about this little powerhouse!  Do not be fooled by its size.  The S30 is crazy powerful, with a 790 watt motor, which translates into super smooth greens (no chewing those smoothies anymore! 🙂 )

The Vitamix S30 arrived with a big book of recipes, in both English and French.  It’s filled with beautiful photos and recipes ranging from beverages, dips/spreads, dressings, soups, sauces and desserts.  This was a really nice added bonus to inspire new creations!  

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I tried several recipes from the book, and today I’ll also be sharing one from it.  This delicious Cranberry Smoothie was so easy to make, not to mention delicious and nutritious.  

Vitamix Cranberry Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup ice cubes
  2. 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  3. 1/4 lemon, peeled
  4. 4 pitted dates, halved
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 3/4 cup plain unsweetened rice milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 20-ounce container in the order listed and secure blade.
  2. Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase the speed to 10.
  3. Blend for 40 to 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
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One of its greatest features is the portability of its container! In addition to the 40-ounce compact container which you would use for sauces, soups, etc., you get a 20-ounce personal container with a flip-top lid.  This is so convenient for blending smoothies on the go.  You can blend the smoothie directly in this container, remove the base, screw on the lid, and grab and go! It’s brilliant!  Honestly – in love with this feature!  

I’m not sure about you, but I have a pretty small kitchen, with limited counter space.  I like to keep my blender on the counter because I always notice I’ll slack on the smoothie-making if I store it and have to pull it out when I need it.  But, I hate the bulkiness and amount of room blenders normally take up.  The great thing about the S30 is its sleek and compact design which allows for keeping it on the counter without taking up a ton of room.  It measures approx 20”h x 9”w.  Also, the blender-base is removable and dishwasher safe, making things even easier. 

I made several of my own recipes using the Vitamix, including my homemade Hazelnut Spread, Berry Green Breakfast Smoothie, and a new recipe, Sunflower Seed Pesto.  I created this recipe to satisfy our love for basil pesto, but to make it nut-free.  My son started kindergarten this year, and his entire school is nut-free.  This has become a staple recipe in my house, the little guy loves it, and so do we. 🙂  It’s also vegan, to allow even more people the option of eating it! 

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So, here it goes:

Sunflower Seed Pesto

Yield: 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into your blender. Blend at low speed for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. You don't want to blend until it is a runny pesto, a thicker consistency is best.
  2. Serve this pesto with your favourite pastas, as a base for your pizzas, sandwich spreads, toss with veggies, and even mix it into your salad dressings.
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Vegan Sunflower Seed Pesto 

Time for the fun!  Vitamix will be giving away one S30 blender to a lucky reader.  You must be a resident of Canada or the USA to enter.  This is a phenomenal value, worth over $400!  I’m so excited, guys!  Be sure to share this with your friends and family!  Enter using the Rafflecopter entries below.  Best of luck to you all. 

Thanks for being here,

sophia

 

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