I didn’t set out to make beet soup. It’s just that sometimes my fridge can be so bossy, telling me what to make for dinner.
Fridge: Hey you, yeah you. You gotta cook the beets.
Me: Uh, I don’t really feel like eating them right now.
Fridge: They’ve been sitting around for awhile; they won’t last much longer.
Me: Oh, I didn’t realize that, I guess I should make something with them.
Fridge: Dumb ass.
Besides the beets, I threw in a bunch of other vegetables that I had lying around so the fridge doesn’t get all snippy about those too. It has far more ingredients than in a more traditional beet soup recipe. But with such a beautiful red hue, I’m still calling it beet soup.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare
Me: Who’s a dumb ass now?
Fridge: Shut up and eat your soup.
Makes 6 servings
1/2 medium head cauliflower
1 large sweet potato, about 13 ounces, peeled and chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 medium beets, peeled and chopped
1/2 small white onion, chopped
1 large or 2 small red potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 teaspoon olive oil
Plain soy yogurt for garnish
Handful of parsley, chopped, for garnish
In a soup pot, heat the oil until hot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the sweet potatoes, carrots and celery, sauté for a minute or so. Add the cauliflower, red potatoes, beets and sauté for another minute.
Add the vegetable broth, stir to mix well. Cover and increase the heat to bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and cook for 10 minutes.
Add the soy milk and corn and simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Puree the soup with an immersion blender. To serve, top with a bit of the yogurt and parsley if desired.