Beet and Cauliflower Soup

From time to time I get beets from my local organic club. Trying to figure out what to do with them besides roasting them has been challenging for me. Here I found a recipe online and I gave it a shot. I love soups so it was a nice change in our menu.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups chopped onion (from 1 medium)-** I did not have onion so I omitted this step.
6 cups chopped cauliflower (from 1 small head)
3 cups chopped peeled red beets (3 medium)
Coarse salt
6 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill-** I used 2 tsp of dry dill.

Method

Heat water in a medium pot over medium-high heat, and add onion; saute until just translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in cauliflower, beets, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until beets and cauliflower are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in dill. Let soup cool 10 minutes, then puree in batches until smooth, adding a little water if necessary to thin.

Return soup to pot, and bring to a simmer. Season with salt, and garnish with dill sprigs before serving. Here I put a teaspoon of Greek yogurt to compliment.

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Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

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Although I tend to avoid eating beans, I had to make an exception when I found this recipe online and had to give this recipe a try. Well….I’m glad I did! This soup came out delicious.

Ingredients
3 red bell peppers
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Method
-Preheat oven to broil.
Place the bell peppers on a baking sheet and broil on the top rack of the oven, using tongs to turn them as each side blackens. Place the blackened peppers in a paper bag, close tightly and allow them to cool for 20 to 30 minutes. Then peel the skin off the peppers and discard the stem and all the seeds. Chop the peppers and set aside.

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-In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Now add the chopped, roasted red bell peppers and saute for 2 to 3 more minutes.
Next, add the chicken broth and the beans, stirring well. Using a blender, puree the soup in small batches and return to the pot over low heat for 5 minutes.

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