We started by roasting the vegetables to get a deeper, more intense flavor - and as a way to entice a two year old to participate. She thought it was great fun, and the resulting soup was hearty and delicious!
I started roasting beets at home after working in a restaurant where having roasted beets were a staple. They were used often as one of the components to the many appetizer selections; adding color and texture and sweetness.
Do you remember when we were told to eat only colorful foods? Eliminate the bland from your plate: consume vegetables and fruit that are green, red, blue, orange. We walked the produce isles looking for health and vibrance, ignoring the scorned white cauliflower.