div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-InCEocjE0UE/VNmN7u3S1uI/AAAAAAAAQBE/yyn3vVRnOK8/s1600/beetsoup.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-InCEocjE0UE/VNmN7u3S1uI/AAAAAAAAQBE/yyn3vVRnOK8/s640/beetsoup.jpg" //a/divbr /Ingredients:br /2 cloves garlic, choppedbr /1 onion, dicedbr /1/2 teaspoon minced gingerbr /1 tablespoon balsamic vinegarbr /6 cups chicken or vegetable stockbr /2 lb Russet potatoes, peeled and quarteredbr /2 lb beets, peeled and quarteredbr /sea saltbr /freshly ground black pepperbr /br /br /to garnish: plain yogurtbr /br /br /Directions:br /br /In a large pot, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredient and bring to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes or until beets and potatoes are tender. Use an immersion blender to fully blend the soup until smooth. Garnish with a dollop of plain yogurt.br /br /br /h5My thoughts:/h5Initially, this was going to be a beet-turnip soup but the turnips that were just fine at midnight were squishy (ew!) the next day at 5 pm when I went to prep them. Luckily I had plenty of potatoes on hand so I used them instead. Looking back, I might have gotten lucky, the turnips plus beets might have been a little too strong tasting, in this the potatoes gave a lot of body to the soup and cut some of the "earthiness" of the beets. The balsamic and ginger add a nice zip that perked the soup up. A great alternative to more beet-heavy soups like a href="http://www.coconutandlime.com/2008/09/chilled-borscht.html"borscht/a, which I love but is a bit more work and really for beet lovers; even the beet-wary should love this technicolor soup.br /br /img alt=" photo coconut-sigzpsb2fb208a.jpg" border="0" src="http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag95/3elevendesign/coconut/coconut-sigzpsb2fb208a.jpg" /div class="blogger-post-footer"All recipes, text and photographs on Coconut & Lime are the original creations and property of Rachel Rappaport (email@example.com) and are for personal, nonprofit use only. Do not post or publish anything from this site without written permission from the author.