Roasted Golden Beet Curry Soup – What Beauties Beets They Are!

Roasted Golden Beet Curry Soup

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Yummy, Spicy Beet Soup!

Over a week ago I roasted some red beets for the very first time ever and made a delish beet salad with lemon juice, shallots, macadamia oil with sprouts and arugula. It was so easy to roast beets and very yummy and fresh. I decided that my next beet culinary adventure would be in a soup and I wanted to try golden beets instead.

This soup recipe caught my attention and yesterday I headed to New Westminster Quay (Rivermarket.com) for some fresh produce to use in my soup. My good friend Karen Carter, a mighty fine real estate agent with Remax was coming over to get paperwork signed to list my condo on the market and I decided to make the soup for her visit!

The Verdict of Golden Beet Curry Soup:

Golden Beets –beauties they are!

Karen and I really liked how the curry played with the golden beets. They seem less sweet to me than red beets and perfect for this soup. The addition of carrot and parsnip gave a warm and earthy taste to the soup. Also the cayenne gave the soup a very nice mysterious heat to the soup – I don’t think it should be omitted from this soup ever (versus optional in the original recipe). The julienned red beets on top gave a nice contrast and texture. Karen did suggest that it would have been nice to have a dollop of cream in the soup (dairy or non-dairy cream like product – perhaps almond cheese?) – I have to agree with her on that point. Would have made it look even prettier as well!

Roasted Golden Beet Curry Soup Ingredients:

  • 6-7 golden beets, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red beet (for garnish)
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 -1/2 inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 4-5 cups vegetable broth
Roasted Golden Beet Curry Soup:
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. In a large baking pan or oven dish, toss beets, onions,  parsnip and carrot with oil and all spices. Roast the red beet whole by itself for garnish.
  3. Pour 1 cup water over the mixture and cover in foil. Roast for 1 hour.
  4. Blend using an immersion blender or puree in batches in a food processor, adding vegetable broth half a cup at a time followed by remaining water (up to 2 cup) until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Add soup into a pot on stove top, add cinnamon stick, simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  6. Adjust curry and salt to taste.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls.
  8. Julienne red beet and garnish on top of soup.

What I changed from original soup recipe:

  • Used more beets (6-7)
  • Roasted a red beet separately and used it is  garnish julienned
  • Used 1 onion versus 1/2 onion
  • Doubled, curry, coriander, cumin, cayenne
  • Used a cinnamon stick after soup pureed and simmered it for 8-10 minutes
  • Used fresh ginger minced instead of ground ginger
  • Used more vegetable stock
Soup Mistress Rating (and Karen) for Roasted Golden Beet Curry Soup:

Healthy (+ slimming + low sodium): (4.5/5)
Presentation: (3.5/5)

Taste: (4.5/5)

 

Yellow Beet Soup at Crave on Main – A Soup Review

Today I had a wonderful lunch with my very good friend Gail at Vancouver’s Crave on Main. It was her birthday and we enjoyed catching up in the back patio.

I started out my lunch with the yellow beet soup with goat cheese.

I really liked the soup, it was flavorful with the sweetness of the yellow beets. I would like to try and recreate this soup myself in future, but with some minor adjustments. The waitress was very accommodating to my request to ask the chef what were the ingredients.

She shared with me that the main ingredients for the beet soup were:

  • yellow beets
  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • basil
  • butter
  • celery
  • caramelized onion
  • tomato (not sure if tomato paste or just tomato)
  • goat cheese

I have a suspicion that it also included some cream. Also, I am not convinced if all the herbs were fresh or not, some may have been dried. If I was to make this soup at home, I would probably replace butter with olive oil, cream with goat yogurt, dried herbs with fresh herbs.

Btw. After my soup I had the pan seared halibut with lemon ricotta gnocchi, asparagus and fresh corn. Probably one of the best halibut dishes I have had – the gnocchi was mighty fine too!

Soup Mistress Rating for Yellow Beet Soup at Crave:

Healthy (+ slimming + low sodium): (4/5)
Presentation: (4.5/5) 
Taste: (4.5/5) 

Pink Beet Soup for Breast Cancer Awareness in October

Pink Beet Soup

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Completed Pink Beet Soup for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I am sure many of us have close friends or family members who had to deal with breast cancer. October is a time to:

  • support the cause with fundraisers by participating or donating (learn more on Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s site)
  • reflect on and support those who are currently fighting it, those who had survived breast cancer and those we lost from it
  • remind your female friends and family to do self-checks and get yearly mamograms. Early detection is very important in the fight against breast cancer.

One of my childhood friends, Michelle Cuthbertson-Jackson is a huge advocate of early detection and educating the young (she lost her mother to breast cancer). Michelle’s young daughter even knows what mamograms are – she calls them “mommy~grams”. Just recently, Michelle asked me for ideas on a soup that would represent Breast Cancer Awareness and one that has lots of antioxidants.

The first thing I thought of was beet soup with a low-fat cream base for the pink color, but I had to do my research to validate possible ingredients within various beet soup recipes that are deemed good antioxidants.

So what are antioxidants?

The National cancer institute fact sheet on antioxidants and cancer prevention fact sheet reads:

Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer. Antioxidants interact with and stabilize free radicals and may prevent some of the damage free radicals might otherwise cause. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C, E, and A, and other substances.  (Source link)

I checked out many beet soup recipes, and the one that looked most enticing to me was Bob Blumer’s recipe that I will be tweaking a tad and adding some ingredients. Here’s some information on each of the ingredients I will be using in respect to antioxidant properties:

  • Onions, leeks and garlic – are all part of the Allium group, which have phytochemicals that have excellent antioxidant activity, including the ability to neutralise potentially harmful free radicals. Cancer preventative effects. Research has indicated that onions and garlic may have a role in the prevention of a wide range of cancers. The sulphur compounds in onions have proved to be strong anticarginogens. This is thought to be partially because they increase the activity of the body’s own detoxifying enzymes, which remove potentially cancer-causing substances. Flavonoids have also been shown to activate detoxifying enzymes.
    (Source link -PDF)
  • Beets – Beetroot are a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine. (Source link)
  • Potato – all potatoes contain a good level of antioxidants; however, the pigmented varieties contain higher levels than paler-fleshed varieties (Source link)
  • Lemon juice – Citrus fruits including lemons, grapefruits and oranges, are loaded with antioxidants. (Source link – PDF)
  • Spices (clove, cinnamon, ginger and herbs (thyme) – are typical spices high in antioxidants (confirmed in vitro) (Source link)

Beet Soup – The perfect pink soup for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-½ cups onion, chopped
  • 1-½ cups leek, chopped
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon chopped ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 gloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 cups red beets, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 cups potato, peeled (but keep peels on if new potatoes) chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • dash salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-3/4 cups goat plain yogurt (reserve ¼ cup for garnish)

Cooking Instructions:

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onions, leeks, celery, ginger and garlic; cook until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in beets and potatoes, and cook for 1 minute.

2. Stir in vegetable stock, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, thyme clove and dash of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; then turn down to a simmer right away and cover until the beets are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly (about 10 minutes). Remove and discard cinnamon stick, thyme sprig and cloves.

3. Add lemon juice, yogurt (1-1/2 cups only – leave ¼ cup for the swirl garnish) and soup to food processor, and pulse until liquefied (do it in batches if needed).

4. Return soup to saucepan, and gently heat through.

5. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with an outline of the breast cancer logo (add yogurt in Ziploc and cut a tiny hole on corner and then draw out the ribbon in the soup)

Original Recipe that I tried and adjusted: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/Recipes/Appetizer/Potatoes/recipe.html?dishid=6162

What I changed from original recipe:

  • change beets to chopped – didn’t roast them but cooked them slowly on simmer
  • added 3 gloves of garlic
  • added 2 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • added 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • added 1 cinnamon stick
  • added 3 cloves
  • added thyme sprig
  • used vegetable stock instead
  • didn’t sieve the soup – if you puree it long enough it is really smooth
  • replaced cream with goat yogurt and changed it from ½ cup to 1-3/4 cup (you can use any plain yogurt)

Soup Mistress Rating for Pink Beet Soup Recipe Makeover:

Healthy (+ slimming + low sodium): (4.5/5)
Presentation: (4.5/5) 
Taste: (5/5)