Beetroot, pomegranate and parsnip soup recipe

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  • Dairy-free
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
serves: 4
Skill: easy
5-a-day: 2
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 25 min

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 158 kCal 8%
Fat 5.4g 8%
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  • For a warming winter lunch or dinner, what’s better than a nice and hearty soup when it’s cold outside? This beautifully coloured soup is delicious served with a chunk of freshly baked bread. It’s vegan, but vegetarians and meat eaters are sure to love it too. Beetroot is a great source of iron and folate and it’s said to help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and even prevent dementia. Pomegranate is full of vitamins A and C, as well as iron and other antioxidants. Parsnip gives this soup a lovely texture and makes it a really filling meal, while the veg also contains potassium, zinc and a whole range of vitamins. So making a big pot of this soup will help you stay healthy this week.

    Ingredients

    • 1tbsp light olive oil
    • 75g (3oz) onion, finely chopped
    • 175g (6oz) carrots, diced
    • 150g (5oz) parsnips, thinly sliced
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    • ½
    •  tsp ground coriander
    • 800ml (1⅓ pints) light stock
    • 350g (12oz) cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), sliced
    • 4tsp fresh dill, chopped
    • 1 pomegranate
    • To garnish
    • 4tbsp soya yogurt
    • 2tbsp walnut pieces (optional)

    Method

    • To make this superfood recipe, heat the oil in a large saucepan and sweat the onion, carrot and parsnip for 5 mins until it starts to soften. Add the coriander and cook for a further 2 mins.

    • Add the stock and beetroot. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 mins, adding 2 tsp of dill for the last 2 or 3 mins.

    • Cut the pomegranate in half and extract the juice using a lemon squeezer. Blend the soup and add the juice to taste (up to 4 tbsp).

    • Garnish with the yoghurt, walnut pieces and remaining 2 tsp chopped dill. Serve with walnut bread or granary or rye rolls (bread is optional and not included in calorie/fat count).

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