Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Beautiful Beetroot Soup

Firstly, how pretty is this soup!? Amazing.  Now I can eat bright pink as well as wear it.

Secondly, beetroot is SOOOOOOO good for you  It's full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is low in fat.

And last but clearly not least, this soup is yummy. Beetroot is a bit of a love it or hate it type thing but, as I did with kale, having always assumed I hated it, I grew to love it recently. It's lovely roasted with butternut squash in a salad with feta cheese, or in a salad, or as it turns out, in a soup.

So, here's how I made this one.

I roasted about 6 beetroots for about 45 minutes and then peeled off the skins...admittedly this bit was a little fiddly.

Then I whizzed it up with about half a can of low fat coconut milk, the juice from one lemon and some salt and pepper.

Then I heated it through again with a chicken stock cube (which I would normally avoid but had nothing else stock-like around), about a dessert spoon of tomato puree and a drizzle of garlic infused olive oil.  I also added some water to thin it out a bit and make it go further at this point.

Then I added a small packet of fresh peas to complement the earthy taste to cook as the soup heated..

To serve I scattered some nice tangy feta over the top.  I think it would have been nice with some truffle oil drizzled over the top too but didn't go for that on this occasion.

And that was it!

Seriously, it is so tasty and warming but fresh and light as well.  It's rich with a little bit of a fruity tang and has such a deep flavour.  The peas help give it a bit of bite and thicken it up a little. Plus as well as tasting good it really feels like it's doing me good as it goes down too! Which is helpful as I have a stinking snotty cold so every little helps!