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Veggies are a big deal. They’re delicious, they’re beautiful, they’re sooo good for you, and overall, they’re as easy to prepare as you want them to be. When it comes to veggie recipes, you can go simple or sky-high fancy depending on how much time you want to spend in the kitchen. For me, that used to be a lot, mainly because picking, rinsing and chopping fresh ingredients is a therapy like no other. But these days? Business has been keeping me hopping, so that means veggie recipes and quick, easy recipes are dead even at the top of my priority list. But why choose? Some recipes fit all my needs…like this latest beauty, Roasted Beet Soup with Blood Orange and Mint.
In my eyes, there’s pretty much nothing as beautiful as a beet, but a blood orange is a close second. Roast them up and blend them together with some fresh herbs and non-dairy Silk almondmilk and you’ve got a seriously nutrient-dense, satisfying meal in no time. Just look at that color! It screams, “Good stuff in here!”
Roasted Beet Soup with Blood Orange and Mint
- 3 large fresh beets
- 1 small onion
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint
- 1½ cups Silk almondmilk (unsweetened)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- optional: blood orange slices, yogurt and mint leaves, for garnish
- Trim and wash beets, leaving tips and 1" of stalks intact. Place in a roasting pan with onion (cut in half) and drizzle with olive oil. Roast at 375 until fork-tender (approx 30–40 minutes) Allow to cool until easily handled; peel and slice.
- In a high-powered blender, smoothie maker or food processor, place beets, onion, rosemary, mint and almondmilk. Add a dash of salt and pepper, to taste. Blend until smooth. (If soup is too think, add more almondmilk to thin as desired.)
- Garnish with mint, yogurt and an orange slice. Top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Serve warm.
The only part of this recipe that takes any time is the roasting of the beets. The oven roasting process caramelizes the natural sugars in the beets and brings out such a deep, earthy flavor that it really can’t be replaced with another cooking method (in my eyes, anyway) so I like to toss them in the oven while I do other stuff, like work or laundry or storytime.
Or a nap. Hahaha… I kid.
You’ve got to love a recipe that you don’t have to keep your eye on!
Tips for roasting beets: To keep the nutrients from leaving your beets as they cook, leave the skins on, along with the root tip and about 1″ of the greens. Just rub them with a little oil so they don’t dry out.
Test them with a fork or knife: when they’re tender, they’re done. After they cool a little, use a sharp knife to slice off the ends and run them under water. The skins will slip right off! (You might want to use a paper towel or gloves, or you can just live with some red color on your fingers for a little bit. It doesn’t stain for long.)
Why Silk almondmilk?
I started using Silk almondmilk in recipes like this one not because we’re vegan, but just because we don’t usually have dairy milk in the house. As a family, we don’t care for it or drink it. Even though I do cook with dairy milk sometimes, it’s easier to just use what we have, and we always have Silk! Almondmilk is dairy-free and lactose-free, so it’s great for those who avoid dairy, and it just tastes great. Smooth, creamy and made with the goodness of plants!
The beets and oranges have just the right sweetness to accommodate the flavor of Silk Vanilla Unsweetened Almondmilk. But if that’s not your thing, you can use the original, too. That will give you a more earthy flavor without the vanilla notes.
Silk is: Non-GMO • Non-Dairy • Gluten Free
But wait, you’re not done yet!
This soup just isn’t finished without a swirl on top, so keep the Silk love flowin’ with a dollop of Silk Dairy-free Yogurt Alternative. It has 6 grams of protein per serving, no cholesterol and no artificial flavors or colors. We’ve tried the Vanilla and the Simply Plain varieties on this, and both were good, but I think I prefer the plain. It’s like a delicious, creamy swap for sour cream or creme fraiche, and adds some calcium and vitamin D (all from plant power!)
Garnish with an orange slice, and whatever you do, don’t skip that dash of salt and pepper on top. It makes all the difference.
Most of us are doing our best to make better choices in the new year, and easy recipes that use real ingredients are our favorite way to do just that – especially when time is tight. After all, all that prep time you save is better spent appreciating the beauty of your creation!
Silk products are available at Walmart in the dairy aisle. Give ’em a shot next time you shop!