Whether you call it Beet Soup or Borscht, this dish is a nourishing, comforting, and substantial soup; perfect for Winter and Early Spring.
What is Borscht
Borscht is a hearty, beet-based soup originating from Ukraine, or Russia, or Poland...depending on who you ask. Whichever nation created this beautiful dish, I thank them. This is a versatile dish. If you search for recipes, you will find lots of variations, using many different vegetables. Typically made with beef or bone broth, I use vegetable broth and it tastes so good. Use what you like.
Most recipes I found when I was originally looking to make borscht several years ago had a few things in common. They contained beets, potatoes, carrots, onions and celery; and were served with dill and sour cream, so that is what I used.
· Olive Oil
· 3-4 beets
· 2 baking potatoes
· 2 carrots
· 1 cup shredded cabbage (optional)
· Salt & Pepper
· 8 cups vegetable broth
· 2 cups water
· 2 bay leaves
· I onion
· 2 ribs celery
· 1 clove garlic
· 4 TBSP ketchup
· 2 TBSP white vinegar
· 1 can cannellini beans
· 1-2 TBSP Fresh dill
· Sour cream, for garnish (omit to keep the dish vegan)
-Prepare veggies. Peel, dice, and chop beets, potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Add to soup pot with some olive oil. Begin to sauté. Add salt & pepper.
-Add liquid. Add vegetable broth, water, and bay leaves.
-Prep onions. In a large sauté pan, cook onion and celery until soft and slightly caramelized. Add garlic and ketchup, salt & pepper as needed.
-Combine. Add the onion mixture to the soup pot and allow to simmer until all the veggies are soft.
-Finishing touches. Add vinegar, cannellini beans and dill. Heat through.
-Serve with a dollop of sour cream and fresh chopped dill.
Watch Me Make It
Seasonal Eating - Winter/Early Spring
While I am far from perfect, I do try to eat with the seasons as much as possible. This means focusing my meals around foods that are in season. This is a perfect Winter/Early Spring meal, as it is filled with vegetables that would have been harvested in the Fall and stored and used over the dormant months of winter.
E.g. - Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Cabbage, Garlic, Onions, Dried Beans
Beet Soup for Weight Loss
This soup feels hearty, but in the end, it's a bowl of vegetables in broth. Therefore, it is actually pretty low-calorie. And, since it's a bowl of vegetables, it is filled with all the vegetable anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory goodness. How can you afford not to put this into your upcoming meal plan?
Beets Are Not Just For Old People
When I was growing up I refused to eat beets because the only people I ever knew to eat beets were my grandparents...and they ate canned beets. While canned beets aren't horrible, they did nothing for my childhood palette. Eventually, as an adult, I was lucky enough to become friends with someone that grew beets in their garden and roasted some beets for me. OMG! They were so yummy!
Now I love beets. I roast them, I pickle them, I eat them as a side dish, and I put them on salads. And then there are the beet greens...but that's another post.
Did you know beets are a superfood? (meaning they contain an above-average amount of vitamins and minerals per gram) Read more about beets HERE.
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