• 4

    Servings

  • Vegan

  • Gluten-free

  • Prep Time 25'

  • Total Time 30'

Velvet beetroot and aronia soup recipe

  • 4

    Servings

  • Vegan

  • Gluten-free

  • Prep Time 25'

  • Total Time 30'

So many people reserve soup solely for sick days but I say soup is great for any day! It’s amazing how much you can pack into a bowl of soup. With the right blend of ingredients, it’s basically liquid fuel! Soup is both comforting and incredibly satisfying. This blend of powerful ingredients is guaranteed to warm your body and your spirit.

I bet you’ve never seen soup this colour. The beautiful shade of pink comes from combining beets and aronia berries. Even with this magnificent colour, I guarantee it still tastes even better than it looks! I would describe this flavour as deliciously sweet and velvety, something entirely new to my taste buds. Beets have a subtle earthiness to them and I have paired them with Erbology Organic Aronia Powder to bring out their natural sweetness. Aronia powder has a subtle sweet flavour as well, so the two go together very nicely.

The soup contains a lot of other beneficial ingredients, all of which have neutral flavours that combine well. Other key ingredients here are the potatoes, cauliflower and chestnut mushrooms.

Although it requires a little preparation, this soup is a must try. You will be blown away by the colour and flavour that these powerful ingredients create.

Impressive aronia health benefits

Made from 100% aronia berries, our powder has a beautiful purple colour and a nutritional profile to match. With just 1 tablespoon of aronia powder, you get 11 grams of fibre which is almost half of your daily recommendation. We have talked a lot about fibre and how it aids with digestion, bowel regularity, naturally lowering cholesterol and even balancing a healthy weight. Check out this delicious beetroot and aronia smoothie recipe.

The deep purple colour is thanks to the anthocyanins. Aronia powder contains 140 mg of anthocyanins per serving. This contributes to making aronia amongst the greatest berry antioxidant (1). Anthocyanins have been shown to reduce inflammation in our cells (2). Reducing inflammation alleviates common side-effects such as redness, and stiff or swollen joints (3).

The overall nutritional quality of the fruit can also be highly attributed to its polyphenols or phenolic compounds. One serving contains 670 mg of polyphenols. These polyphenols been studied to protect the body from the cellular damage caused by carcinogens found in alcohol (4). Phenolic compounds promote the healing of wounds, remove toxic substances, reduce inflammation and improve the elasticity of blood vessels (5,6,7).

Cauliflower and beetroot nutrition

I could go on and on about why I love cauliflower. Here is a delicious roasted cauliflower milk thistle salad recipe where I talk about the health benefits of cauliflower in more detail. The same goes for beetroot, there is a complete description under the pink beetroot and aronia smoothie recipe.

Written By: Danielle Bear

 

(1) Wu, X, et al. “Characterization of Anthocyanins and Proanthocyanidins in Some Cultivars of Ribes, Aronia, and Sambucus and Their Antioxidant Capacity.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 29 Dec. 2004, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15612766.

(2) Zapolska-Downa, D, et al. “Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract Exhibits Anti-Inflammatory Activity in Human Aortic Endothelial Cells.” Biomedical Search – Medical Research and Health Resources, 24 Aug. 2011, www.biomedsearch.com/nih/Aronia-melanocarpa-fruit-extract-exhibits/21863241.html.

(3) “What Is Inflammation?” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/arthritis/about-inflammation#1.

(4) Tolić, Mandica-Tamara, et al. “Phenolic Content, Antioxidant Capacity and Quality of Chokeberry (Aronia Melanocarpa) Products.” Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, June 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5068402/#r13.

(5) Naruszewicz, M, et al. “Combination Therapy of Statin with Flavonoids Rich Extract from Chokeberry Fruits Enhanced Reduction in Cardiovascular Risk Markers in Patients after Myocardial Infraction (MI).” Atherosclerosis., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17320090.

(6) Myocardial Infraction (MI).” Atherosclerosis., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17320090.

(7) “Phenols.” Phenols – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/phenols.

Ingredients

Soup:
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 3 medium beetroots
  • ¼ leek stalk
  • 2 medium parsnips
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 large celery stalk
  • 2 small whole cauliflowers
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • 6 ⅓ cups water
  • 2 tsp Erbology Organic Aronia Powder
 
Mushroom topping:

Here's how you do it

Soup:
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Wash the beets and leave the peels on when you wrap them in foil. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  3. While the beets are cooking, wash and chop the cauliflower, parsnip, potato, and leek.
  4. Heat up a deep pan with oil and add the chopped leek. Once soft, add the rest of the chopped veggies and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the water over your cooked veggies, bringing them to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to cook until all veggies are soft.
  6. Check the beets, they are ready when you can easily stick a fork into them. Take them out of the oven and carefully peel off the skin.
  7. Strain the water from the veggies, saving 4 cups of stock.
  8. Put the beets and veggies in a blender with the caraway seeds, lemon juice, aronia powder and coconut milk. Blend well.
  9. Adjust the consistency with stock. I prefer mine thicker!
 
Mushroom topping:
  1. Wash and cut the mushrooms into thin slices.
  2. Heat up the oil in a pan and sauté the mushrooms until brown.
  3. Add the finely chopped garlic, a splash of lemon and salt.
  4. Top your soup with the mushrooms and add a drizzle of Erbology Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil for a nice fruity touch!

Tags

  • Anthocyanin
  • Aronia
  • Beetroot
  • Betaine
  • Cauliflower
  • Fiber
  • Light dishes
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C

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