Page 27

bella eats

YEARS 2006-2018

Warm Up to Veggie-Packed Soup When the weather outside is frightful, we could all use a cozy soup for supper. A steaming bowl of Rustic Vegetable-Beet Soup provides instant comfort. The ease and convenience of jarred pickled beets can’t be “beet”—no need to spend time peeling or pickling. (Aunt Nellie’s is our preferred brand.) This colorful mix of antioxidantrich beets, sweet potato, and carrots joins tender zucchini to create a soup that tastes like it simmered all afternoon; but in fact, comes together in under an hour. The sweet-tangy beets add an unexpected but welcome layer of flavor to this hearty soup. For the finishing touch, a garnish of vibrant green, lemony gremolata brightens the soup’s flavor. Garlic, lemon and parsley may seem ordinary, but they come alive when combined. Crisp flatbread makes a perfect accompaniment to this meal-in-a-bowl. For more recipes, or to learn more about Aunt Nellie’s beets and their other products, visit www.AuntNellies.com.

Rustic Vegetable-Beet Soup Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Servings: 6

1 jar (16 ounces) Whole Pickled Beets, well drained (We prefer Aunt Nellie’s brand) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped 2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped 2 large cloves garlic, minced 2 zucchini (about 5 ounces each), coarsely chopped 2 cans (about 14 ounces each) vegetable broth 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, optional 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill Coarsely chop beets; set aside. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions; saute about 5 minutes or until softened. Add carrots, sweet potato and garlic. Saute 3-5 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini, broth and seasoned salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, about 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add chickpeas; heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper, as desired. Stir in parsley and dill. Stir in beets. Serve immediately topped with gremolata*, if desired. * Gremolata (or gremolada) is a chopped herb condiment classically made of lemon zest, garlic, parsley and anchovy. Gremolata is used as a fragrant garnish. 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel To make gremolata, combine all ingredients. Use as garnish topping on soup. Nutrition information per serving (1/6 of recipe): 210 calories; 6 g fat; 6 g protein; 33 g carbohydrate; 6 g dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 mg iron; 727 mg sodium; 0.13 mg thiamin; 6981 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C.

Courtesy of Seneca Foods Corporation w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

february 2018

|

bella magazine

|

page 27

Bella Magazine - February 2018  

Celebrating our 12th year as the regional magazine for women of Southwest & Central Virginia... and beyond.

Bella Magazine - February 2018  

Celebrating our 12th year as the regional magazine for women of Southwest & Central Virginia... and beyond.

Advertisement