If you don’t like beets, be honest. Is it because you tried canned ones? If so, you owe it to yourself to make this soup with fresh beets, because once you do, it will open up your world to how amazing this root vegetable can be. The balsamic vinegar gives the soup a tangy taste, and we promise that you will not regret it. In fact, we should have called this soup “The World’s Best Beet Soup!” Because it really is. Serves 4, with leftovers.
- 1 pound beets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1½ cups onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1½ cups red cabbage, shredded
- 1 14.5-ounce can tomatoes, diced
- 1½ cups chicken broth, fat free
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon dill weed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup yogurt, low-fat
- Roast beets in 400° oven for 40 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife. Cool, peel, and quarter.
- In large skillet heat oil and sauté onions, garlic and cabbage until cabbage is wilted (about 10 minutes).
- Add rest of ingredients except yogurt, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool.
- Process in food processor or blender until fairly smooth but retaining some texture.
- Garnish with a dollop of yogurt and a pinch of dill weed. Serve warm or chilled.
Per Serving: 111 calories, 3 gm protein, 20 gm carbohydrate, 3 gm fat, 0 gm sat fat, 2 gm mono fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 4 fiber, 530 mg sodium
THE SEASONED COOK The unique phytonutrient pigment in beets provides higher antioxidant benefits than many other vegetables.