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Spicy Ginger Golden Beet Soup

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One day last winter, I was shopping at my local farmers market and I noticed the sunshiny hue of golden beets. I was curious to see how their flavor differed from their traditional red cousin. However, the golden beets I found were slightly too ripe; too soft to bake as chips, to hold up in a sauté, or even to pickle. But, because they were over-ripe they were also discounted and too inexpensive to pass up. They may not have had the signature crunch of beets, but they were soft and delicate, so I resolved to make them into soup; and I am so glad I did!

I love this soup because it combines a slight sweetness and tanginess from the golden beets with the spice of ginger, and pungent, lingering tang of garlic. I sometimes find myself craving spices and foods that are hot in flavor, not just temperature, but since the autoimmune protocol that I follow removes most spices, this can be a bit tricky to cultivate. This soup fits the bill.

I make a large batch, and then store it in mason jars in the fridge to have on hand. When I am ready to serve it I sprinkle in fresh green onions, which add a bit of color and dimension to the flavor. It really makes the soup come alive! Warm up with a cup, a bowl, or straight out of the mason jar (guilty) for any meal of the day!

Further Food Commentary:

I love the unusual & colorful combination of beets with ginger, garlic & coconut milk. It's a great mix of healthy fat from the coconut milk, vitamins & minerals from beets and immune boosting and anti-inflammatory compounds from the garlic and ginger.
The garlic and ginger are also a great way to add heat and spiciness without using the typical ingredient, pepper, which as a member of the nightshade family, can potentially aggravate arthritis.

By Amy K. Fischer, MS, RD
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Spicy Ginger Golden Beet Soup

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:30 mins
  • Servings: 4-5

Ingredients

5 medium golden beets (can be fresh or slightly soft to the touch)

reserved water from beet juice

½ cup full-fat coconut milk (no additives)

3 large garlic cloves

½ teaspoon salt

1-inch piece fresh ginger (minced or zest, approximately one tablespoon)

handful of green onions

Instructions

  1. Peel flesh from the beets using a peeler and cut into cubed chunks.
  2. Place in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil on the stove, lower the heat to medium and cook for 1 – 1 ½ hours.
  3. Once they are cooked through they will be fork tender. Strain into a colander, reserving about 1 inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot.
  4. Pour beets and leftover water into a high-speed blender.
  5. Add coconut milk, garlic, salt, and ginger to the blender. Blend on high until mixture is completely smooth.
  6. Add green onions and stir to combine (if not serving right away, do this right before serving to preserve color).  Enjoy!
Peel flesh from the beets using a peeler and cut into cubed chunks. Place in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil on the stove, lower the heat to medium and cook for 1 – 1 ½ hours. Once they are cooked through they will be fork tender. Strain into a colander, reserving about 1 inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot. Pour beets and leftover water into a high-speed blender. Add coconut milk, garlic, salt, and ginger to the blender. Blend on high until mixture is completely smooth. Add green onions and stir to combine (if not serving right away, do this right before serving to preserve color).  Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 86; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 305mg; Potassium: 304mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 2g

Nutrition Bonus:   Vit C: 15%; Iron: 6%

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  2. Angela Elaine Norman

    I just would not use the full fat coconut milk and use another plant milk instead (add coconut extract if you need that flavor) to cut down on all the saturated fat.

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