Seasonal vegetables – Beetroot 3 ways

Roasted beetroot, apple & garlic soup

Serves 2. Prep time 15 minutes, cook time 45 minutes

  • 250g beetroot, skinned and cut into very small chunks
  • 1 eating apple, cored and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and left whole
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • a pinch of ground ginger
  • zest & juice of 1 lime
  • 500ml chicken bone broth
  • coconut cream/yoghurt – a dollop to serve
  • salt & pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Put the beetroot, apple, onion and garlic clove on a baking tray and drizzle with the olive oil (give it a good mix with your hands to coat). Season with salt & pepper and roast for 30-35 minutes until tender.
  2. Put the roasted veg and all the other ingredients except the coconut cream/yoghurt into a blender and blitz up until smooth.
  3. Once smooth, pour into a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve topped with coconut yoghurt/cream.

Beetroot Cumin Crisps

Serves 2. Prep time 15 minutes Cook time 20 minutes Recipe Christine Bailey

  • 2 beetroot
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt & pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Thinly slice the beetroot with a mandoline or a very sharp knife. Put the cider vinegar and olive oil into a bowl and mix together. Toss the beetroot in the vinegar mixture and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Spread the beetroot slices on the prepared baking sheet and season with salt & pepper and cumin. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crispy, turning them over halfway through cooking. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Beetroot hummus

  • 2 cups of chickpeas (make sure you rinse them thoroughly until the water runs clear with no foam/bubbles).
  • 250g cooked beetroot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup of tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of cold water – adjust to your preferred consistency
  1. Place all the ingredients (except the water) into a food processor and blitz. Add the water slowly until you reach you preferred consistency.