Chilled Golden Beet Soup


3 large golden beets
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil [coconut oil would work as well]
1 small onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3 cups of vegetable broth
1/2 cup almond milk
sea salt and course ground pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

1. Scrub then halve your beets and drizzle a 2 teaspoons of olive oil and sprinkle sea salt and pepper on top. With your hands massage them until they are coated evenly with the olive oil. Roast them for about 45 minutes to an hour. Allow them to cool them and then you can peel off the outer layer or their skin; if the beets are thoroughly clean peeling off the skin is optional and leaving them on will create a deeper flavor.

2. In a blender combine the cooled beets with a cup of vegetable broth. Blend until smooth. I chose not to add my garlic and onion in at this point, because I wanted my final product to have some texture. If you’d like your soup to be extra smooth, add your onions and garlic in with your beets and puree.

3. In a large saute pan, heat the left over teaspoon of olive oil on low and add in the onions and garlic. Cook through for a few minutes, then add the remaining 2 cups of vegetable broth, the beet puree, almond milk and turmeric. Stir together well and allow to simmer for a few moments. This soup works well hot, but the flavors really develop as it cools. Allow to cool and then refrigerate to chill for a few hours.

Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and fresh scallions, just because it’s only slightly indulgent.

Serves: 4
Total time: 4-6 hours [1 hour if serving hot]


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