Flu-Fighting Beet and Ginger Soup

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Flu-Fighting Beet Soup With Ginger and Onion | Vegetarian Soups | Cold and Flu Remedy | Foods That Heal | Maple and Marigold
I like being in the kitchen but only as long as I am pulling together something easy and delicious that I KNOW THE KIDS WILL EAT! But that’s not how this day started. 

Flu-Fighting Beet Soup With Ginger and Onion | Vegetarian Soups | Cold and Flu Remedy | Foods That Heal | Maple and MarigoldThat day I was wondering how to feed my kids something wholesome that would also ward off their scratchy colds (and mine!). And I may never say this again but that day beets – delicious beets – were the answer.

Health Benefits Of Beets

Beets are a health powerhouse. They have proven effective in increasing stamina, reducing inflammation, and appropriate for this holiday season, a great detoxification agent. With the addition of onion and ginger in this beet soup, we end up with a flu-fighting AND delicious remedy that will blow those winter blues away.

Flu-Fighting Beet Soup With Ginger and Red Onion 

If you follow my writing (thank you!) you know I like to make kitchen time easy. This beet and ginger soup is a snap to make. The vegetables can cook while you’re helping kids with the homework or checking your email. And even if you don’t give any credence to the liver-cleansing, immunity boosting properties of the ingredients of this soup, it doesn’t matter; this beet soup is just plain old delicious. 

Cook the beets, ginger and onion, blend and spoon, this soup is yummy at room temperature or steaming hot. I serve it with a side of sautéd beet greens. Yes, BEET greens! A big part of the vegetable, beet greens are usually discarded. But they are full of flavour and rich in nutrition that boosts immunity and bone strength. A quick sauté with garlic and spices, and beet greens make a perfect topping for the beet soup.Flu-Fighting Beet Soup With Ginger and Onion | Vegetarian Soups | Cold and Flu Remedy | Foods That Heal | Maple and Marigold

Real Life Kitchen Tips

  • Use a smooth chopping surface to chop the beets otherwise you’ll be washing the pink off for a long time.
  •  I use canola oil for the soup and greens. It has a very mild flavour of it’s own that lets the vegetables shine through. 
  • Cut the tops off the beets and wash, and wash again. 
  • Trim the beet greens and leave only the tender part of the stem. Chop. 
  • In the past I’ve served beet soup with crispy brussels sprouts as well. Works very well!Flu-Fighting Beet Soup With Ginger and Onion | Vegetarian Soups | Cold and Flu Remedy | Foods That Heal | Maple and Marigold

 

Flu-Fighting Beet Soup With Ginger and Onion | Vegetarian Soups | Cold and Flu Remedy | Foods That Heal | Maple and Marigold

Flu-Fighting Beet and Ginger Soup

Print Recipe
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 6
Author Maple and Marigold

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized Beets
  • 1 small Onion
  • 1 in piece of Ginger
  • 1 cup of freshly pressed Apple Cider optional will amplify the flavour. If not available replace with low-sodium chicken broth and a teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 3 cups of low-sodium vegetable or Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp Cream optional

Instructions

  • Peel beets and cut into chunks.
  • Peel onion and cut into chunks
  • Roughly chop ginger
  • Take a tbsp of oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Add in the vegetables and stir them around to caramelize for 8-10 minutes
  • Pour in the liquid. Boil once and then simmer for 20-30 minutes, till the beets are soft.
  • Puree.
  • Add salt.
  • Serve with a splash of cream.

For the Sautéd Beet Greens

  • Take 3 chopped garlic cloves in a tbsp oil along with a sprinkle of red chilli peppers. I go a little crazy with chilli peppers here since it is unlikely my kids will eat this.
  • Sauté for a few minutes till the garlic turns a little brown.
  • Add in the greens and sprinkle salt as needed
  • Sauté briefly and serve.

Flu-Fighting Beet Soup With Ginger and Onion | Vegetarian Soups | Cold and Flu Remedy | Foods That Heal | Maple and Marigold

 

Flu-Fighting Beet Soup With Ginger and Onion | Vegetarian Soups | Cold and Flu Remedy | Foods That Heal | Maple and Marigold
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma<br/><small>Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker</small>
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma
Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker

About Puneeta

Author, Educator, Speaker

Puneeta is a writer, food advocate and guide for those who seek earth-friendly, delicious solutions that work for real life.

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