The first time we had this wholesome and nourishing Roasted Beet & Ginger Soup with coconut milk, was when a friend made it for us, and it blew us away by how delicious it was. This is my version of the soup she made for us. This fragrant, creamy, slightly sweet and earthy soup is perfect for dinner on chilly winter evening.
Beets have a unique and distinct taste that can be described as earthy and sweet, and mildly fruity. Some people compare the flavor to that of dirt or soil, but the taste may vary depending on how the beets are prepared or cooked, and red beets are have a more intense taste than lighter colored beets, such as golden or candy cane varieties.
Roasting beets can significantly change their flavor profile, making them sweeter, less earthy, and sometimes even imparting a gentle nutty undertone. Roasting also helps mellow and balance out the beets’ earthy flavor, making them taste less “earthy” or “dirt-like” to those who might not be a fan of it.
Benefits of beets:
- Nutrient-rich: Beets are packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins (such as vitamin C and folate), minerals (such as potassium and manganese), and dietary fiber.
- Supports heart health: Beets have been associated with lower blood pressure levels due to their high nitrate content, which can help relax and dilate blood vessels, promoting healthy circulation and cardiovascular function.
- Boosts exercise performance: The nitrates in beets may improve athletic performance by enhancing oxygen utilization and increasing endurance. Consuming beet juice or beets before exercise may improve stamina and reduce muscle fatigue.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Beets contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as betaine and betalains, which can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
- Supports brain health: The nitrates in beets may also have cognitive benefits by increasing blood flow to the brain, potentially improving cognitive function, and delaying age-related cognitive decline.
- Digestive health: Beets are a good source of dietary fiber, which supports healthy digestion and can help prevent constipation.
- Detoxification: Beets contain compounds that support liver function and help in detoxifying and eliminating harmful toxins from the body.
Ginger has a unique and distinctive taste that is spicy, warm, and slightly sweet. It has a refreshing and pungent flavor with a hint of citrusy and earthy notes. Ginger also has many health benefits, such as:
- Digestive aid: Ginger has long been used to alleviate digestive issues like indigestion, nausea, and bloating. It can help stimulate digestion, improve nutrient absorption, and relieve gastrointestinal discomfort.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Ginger contains natural compounds called gingerols, which have potent anti-inflammatory effects. Regular consumption of ginger may help reduce inflammation in the body, which can be beneficial for conditions such as arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease.
- Relieves nausea: Ginger is known to be an effective remedy for nausea and vomiting. It is commonly used to alleviate symptoms of motion sickness, morning sickness during pregnancy, and chemotherapy-induced nausea.
- May reduce muscle soreness: Some studies suggest that ginger may help reduce muscle soreness and pain. It may be particularly beneficial for athletes or individuals experiencing exercise-induced muscle soreness.
- Boosts immune system: Ginger has immune-boosting properties and can help strengthen the body’s defense mechanisms. It contains antioxidants that combat free radicals and may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- May lower blood sugar levels: Preliminary research suggests that ginger may have a positive impact on blood sugar regulation. It may help lower fasting blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
- May improve brain function: There is some evidence to suggest that ginger may enhance brain function and protect against age-related cognitive decline. It may have neuroprotective properties and could potentially improve memory and attention.
- May reduce menstrual pain: Ginger has been traditionally used to alleviate menstrual cramps and reduce pain associated with menstruation. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties may help provide relief.
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Beet & Ginger Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 cup onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger finely grated
- 4 cups beets cubed
- 3 cups water
- 1 can coconut milk
- salt & pepper to taste
- toasted coconut chips, or croutons optional
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Peel the beets and chop them into roughly ½ inch chunks. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss to coat. Roast for about 20 minutes until soft and slightly caramelized.
- Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot, over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onions and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the finely minced ginger, garlic and roasted beets to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes until the ginger and garlic are fragrant.
- Pour the water and coconut milk into the pot and bring to a boil, then lower the heat , cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth and creamy.You can also transfer the soup to a blender, but make sure to let it cool slightly first.
- You may need to add a bit more broth or water to bring it to your desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- If you like, you can serve the soup with some toasted coconut chips, or top with some croutons.