Recipe For Carrot And Beetroot Soup

When we first to moved to Gordons Bay we were on a serious budget. My grocery bill was carefully calculated and there was no disposable income to spend on any luxury what so ever. Slowly but surely I got to a stage where I could enjoy the luxuries life had to offer and now once again, I am being cautious with my disposable income. I have not had to give up much, but I have given up some things. What amazes me, is how some people who are in a worse situation that I am have not given up anything. They have spent money on adding on to their houses, continued playing a weekly round of golf, carried on indulging in massages and are still eating out. And yet I know, the business they own is not paying their suppliers. So, basically they are living on money that the owe. This baffles my brain as I could not spend money I owe to a supplier on indulgences. I would be working twice as hard and twice as long, to ensure my suppliers are being paid, and I would stop frivolous expenses until I was out of debt. With having to watch what I spend my money on, I am checking the price of food, and I am shopping more often so that there is less wastage. This soup is a budget beater. It delighted my table and my palate in summer, and as these vegetables are still available, I am sure it will grace our table during the cold months as well, just served hot.

Do you shop once a week or more often?

Carrot and Beetroot Soup with Croissants
Carrot and Beetroot Soup with Croissants

Carrot And Beetroot Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 2 baby beetroot, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1cm root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 375mls vegetable stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 15mls crème fraîche
Method
  1. Heat the oil in a pot and gently fry the beetroot and carrot for 5 minutes
  2. Add the ginger and continue to fry for 2 minutes
  3. Add 250mls of the stock and season to taste
  4. Simmer until the vegetables are soft
  5. Blend until smooth and thin with the rest of the stock
  6. Adjust the seasoning and add the crème fraîche
  7. Serve cold

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42 thoughts on “Recipe For Carrot And Beetroot Soup

  1. I use to work out menu’s for a month and bought my bulk groceries and meat once a month and bought fresh ingredeints like milk and veggies twice a week. Unfortunately I can’t afford the monthlu shopping anymore, so work out weekly menus and buy weekly. I will still buy in bulk if for example lamb is on a special, howver!

    I just loooove the soup!

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    1. I also look for specials when I am shopping 🙂

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  2. Lovely healthy recipe, Tandy. I love beetroot and carrot juice, so I’m sure to love this. I also was taught to abide by the rule, “Cut your coat according to your cloth.” I wouldn’t sleep at night if I knew I owed money I couldn’t repay.

    money I didn’t have, or had spent

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    1. I love that saying! I need to remember that for when I see the person who owes me 🙂

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      1. Hope it has the required effect. 😉

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        1. I wish AD! I have been making comments for months now about the outstanding money!

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  3. I shop once a week but often pick up fresh things to eat while I am out. I don’t like obligation so the idea of spending what I owe is doubly worse for me and makes me super anxious!

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    1. That is such a great term for it “obligation” as that is what owing people money is all about 🙂

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  4. Wow that color just pops and I am sure it is really good for you as well.

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    1. I always feel that the more colourful the dish, the healthier it is 🙂

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  5. Your soup has to be loaded with flavor and very healthy. I shop every couple of days for my fresh ingredients. If I had too…I could prepare meals for several months from my pantry and freezer that is stocked with what I find on sale.

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    1. it is so sensible to buy things when they are on sale – I have started doing that with meat and chicken 🙂

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  6. I shop once a week Tandy — and I’m pretty careful to stay on budget and save where I can. Then I don’t feel guilty splurging every now and then on things that I really enjoy. You can’t have it all, all the time and not go into serious debt!!! This price-performer looks delicious!

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    1. It is great that you use your savings for something special, that way you don’t feel like you are depriving yourself 🙂

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  7. Beautiful color!

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    1. thanks Greg 🙂

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  8. I’m a once a week shopper, but since I only cook for myself and have a pretty regular cook schedule, I know almost exactly how much to buy–Friday night dinner usually cleans the fridge out exactly in time for Saturday morning grocery shopping. And I can’t wait for the beets in my garden to be ready–I love borscht and all beet-related soup (and dishes in general–hence the reason I planted tons of beets, haha)

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    1. that is very organized! I also love beets and use them in juicing as well as for dinners 🙂

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  9. Lovely soup recipe and with regards to not paying suppliers and then splurging on oneself–how on earth do they live with themselves

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    1. who knows Usha? It makes me so cross and it will ruin a friendship.

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  10. Wow Tandy! That cream looks amazing…
    I make a big buy once a week and the fruit and vegies are replenished as needed 🙂

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    1. I am sure you have to be very organized at home with all the kids 🙂

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  11. Gosh, just look at the colour of that soup! Wonderful! 🙂 I love the combination and will have to give this a try some day soon. Also, I am with you on the “pay the suppliers -v- have a good time” thing, but sadly some people find it necessary to keep up the pretence of everything being fine. 🙁

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    1. I agree that a lot of people keep up the pretense – but eventually it will come back and bite them!

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  12. Soup is one of my favorite cheap and easy meals to make! Love this.

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    1. it is so cheap!

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  13. Healthy and wonderfully warming soup 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. thanks CCU!

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  14. Absolutely stunning soup – bet it tasted as amazing as it looks! And I agree with what you say – i was always taught “if you can´t pay for it, you can´t afford it”! I have to do a big shop every 6 weeks or so in the big supermarket and then weekly int he village for fresh stuff. Now that summer is here though I´ll have to do that less as we will be more self sufficient 🙂

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    1. I don’t know if I would cope only going to the shops once every 6 weeks! We always run out of something the day I do the shopping 🙂

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      1. I have to be organised .- it´s quite a trip for us, but the little local stores to stock just about most things (at a price) so in an emergency we´re able to manage!

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        1. it is sad the local stores are so expensive as it would make life easier! My worst fear would be running out of loo paper LOL 🙂

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  15. I understand how you feel about businesses not paying their suppliers – I’m self employed / run my own business and I rely on others to pay my bills! and the soup is a great budget meal, I’m not earning much at the moment (work is slow coming in) and we are having to be careful too – so maybe less treats and meals out. I still try and shop locally though, but I’m lucky to have great shops nearby, so can pop out easily to pick up the bits for a meal.

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    1. I think shopping locally is good – that way the local economy gets stimulated, encouraging growth 🙂

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  16. When I first saw the title I thought straight away of it being a hot soup not a cold one! I’ll have to try and make it for one these rainy days, we’re having at the moment. Shop more than once a week, one big major shop, and two smaller ones for fresh fish and meat.

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    1. I would shop every day if I could 🙂 Hope the rain is not too bad!

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  17. Your soup is a real winner, tandy! I love the old combo of beetroot & ginger, paired with carrots is a great & tasty combo too! Love the soup! 🙂 Very healthy too! I shop a few times per week but look at my budget. But I also grow a lot myself & it is very rewarding that way. And I use & make great dishes out of leftover’s & things that I have in the fridge & pantry! 😉

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    1. growing your own is so rewarding! I am slowly starting to do that!

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  18. that soup sounds divine.
    I shop weekly, but will often pick up milk and bread in the week. Changes I’ve made of late to my shopping are, I have cut down on meat/chicken/fish etc until I have emptied my freezer. I buy based on what I think we are going to need, as opposed to an oh-that-looks-nice I’ll buy it and keep it for a rainy day meal attitude. And Veggies I try to only purchase what I need and try really hard not to overbuy which means chucking out later.

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    1. I think it is a great idea to use up what is in the freezer first! I am buying meat and chicken now only when it is on special. We buy our fish from Viking Fishing in bulk and it is a huge savings 🙂

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  19. I would love to taste that soup. I love soup – beetroot and carrots, would never have thought of putting the two together though. It looks divine!
    *hugs*

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    1. thanks Hope, I loved the flavour combination 🙂

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