Food

Delicious Borscht Soup

March 8, 2016

We’ve made it through another winter, many systems of healing believe that living with the seasons is a core practice for overall good health. Living in balance with the seasons isn’t some mystical act we need a manual for. Instead, it’s something many of us naturally do. We crave watermelon and lemonade in the hot summer months and hearty stews and crackling fires during the winter. In Chinese Medicine winter is the time of the Kidneys. Rest and nourishment are accentuated so that we can restore our energy reserves for the busy months ahead. These practices include eating warm cooked foods, especially nutrient-dense root vegetables cooked with warming spices. Beets are an incredible food. They support liver health (one of our main detox organs) and are full of nutrients and antioxidants. Beets unique combination of phytonutrients and antioxidants have been shown to be especially helpful in reducing chronic inflammation. Beets have a special pigment, betalin, which strongly supports the body’s phase 2 detoxification process. Phase 2 detoxification is when the body neutralizes and removes potentially harmful substances from the body by making them water soluble. Beet greens are some of the healthiest greens available at your supermarket and have a similar nutrient profile to kale. If you buy beets with the greens attached you’ll know you are buying recently harvested beets, which can also have greater nutrient levels. Pepper has been in common use for thousands of years in the old world and is the most popular spice of our modern day. Besides adding a pleasant taste to our food, black pepper is a warming stimulant that promotes good digestion. I think the most amazing ability of black pepper is its ability to increase the bioavailability of our herbs and foods. Adding a bit of black pepper to herbal formulas or to our dinner plate means that we have increased the qualities and nutrients available to us.

Peppery Borscht

Today’s beet borscht recipe is a beloved and traditional soup from Russia. Borscht soup is a fantastic way to support your body’s natural detox abilities while enjoying a delicious winter soup. There are lots of different borscht recipes out there. In this version I included beet greens, shitake and pepper.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter/ olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups beets, diced
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup chopped beet greens
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped purple cabbage
  • 1 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper (adjust accordingly)
  • a couple handfuls of shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • Salt to taste
  • sour cream (optional)
  • Sliced green onions for garnish.

Instructions

  1. Heat the butter in a large pot.
  2. Add the bay leaves, caraway seeds, onions and Sauté the onions until they are translucent.
  3. Add the garlic, pepper and salt .
  4. Sauté for a minute.
  5. Add the celery, carrots, cabbage, beets, potatoes, mushrooms and stock.
  6. Simmer until all the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  7. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, beet greens, honey and tomato puree.
  8. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  9. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (optional) and green onions for garnish.

Credit : LearningHerbs

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64 Comments

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    Reply Aria on March 10, 2016 says;

    P.. you are back to your recipe… Love it ….
    Nice recipe.. Good for week end now.. I think my weekends will always of your recipes 😀

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    Reply Kathleen on March 10, 2016 says;

    fantastic recipe!

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    Reply hadewych on March 10, 2016 says;

    . This recipe is so good

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    Reply Sanjeeta kk on March 10, 2016 says;

    I am been dreaming of this now 😀

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    Reply Agnus D on March 10, 2016 says;

    I wanted to find a borscht recipe that came close to what I remembered, and this was it, but even better.

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    Reply Febinna on March 10, 2016 says;

    This is a great soup!

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    Reply Grace on March 10, 2016 says;

    Great! Excellent share! Thanks

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    Reply Daniella S on March 10, 2016 says;

    I could not be happier with this recipe!

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    Reply Rain77 on March 10, 2016 says;

    Excellent Recipe

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    Reply J. Elliott on March 10, 2016 says;

    Delicious! Waiting for the weekend!

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    Reply Sadie on March 10, 2016 says;

    in my recipe box….:)

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    Reply zoe on March 10, 2016 says;

    I love this Borscht…

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    Reply Kamille Poire on March 10, 2016 says;

    This recipe looks so good! Looking forward for a great weekend

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    Reply Darcy McIntyre on March 10, 2016 says;

    What attracted me to this recipe was that it contained ingredients that I geniunely enjoy

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    Reply Amanda Paa on March 10, 2016 says;

    Looks yummy . I will be making this 😉

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    Reply Camila on March 10, 2016 says;

    Beautiful! I absolutely love borscht

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    Reply Thelma J. Godfrey on March 10, 2016 says;

    I’ll be trying this soon 🙂 Thank you.

  • A
    Reply Allie B. Steiner on March 10, 2016 says;

    This recipe, makes a world of a difference, love it 🙂

  • R
    Reply Rita on March 10, 2016 says;

    Great looking borscht!

  • D
    Reply Dora J. Vong on March 10, 2016 says;

    What a great opportunity to have visited your blog today! Excellent recipe for me try tomorrow!

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    Reply Kate Goodspeed on March 10, 2016 says;

    Very good. Excellent stuff to try out

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    Reply Vanessa Ostermann on March 10, 2016 says;

    the perfect borsht! 5 star

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    Reply Imogen Bermingham on March 10, 2016 says;

    Love this!

  • F
    Reply Freya on March 10, 2016 says;

    Fantastic! Will start this over the weekend

  • F
    Reply Felicia on March 10, 2016 says;

    i going to try this for our traditional borscht

  • A
    Reply Alejandra on March 10, 2016 says;

    This recipe is INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS!

  • J
    Reply Jenny on March 10, 2016 says;

    I psychotically love this soup. 😀

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    Reply Fifine Dupuy on March 10, 2016 says;

    I psychotically love this blog 😀

  • K
    Reply Kato on March 10, 2016 says;

    I’ll try this today

  • L
    Reply Lisa W on March 10, 2016 says;

    This borscht recipe is amazing. very hearty

  • J
    Reply Jessica Grant on March 10, 2016 says;

    I love Borsht & this recipe is jus what I want

  • S
    Reply Savannah on March 10, 2016 says;

    Delicious. Definitely a keeper.

  • B
    Reply Brigitte on March 10, 2016 says;

    mmmmm,soooooo good! the best borscht recipe I’ve ever read!

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    Reply Ambrosini Ami on March 10, 2016 says;

    This is an incredibly good Borscht recipe! This definitely needs to be printed and kept in my list of premium recipes

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    Reply Ava Young on March 10, 2016 says;

    Wanted to try something new this weekend. Trust me; I just blindly came up to your blog to pick something and prepare, and to my surprise, I saw this one. It is a surpriSE 😀

    You read my mind… 🙂

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    Reply José Cerqueira on March 10, 2016 says;

    This is so authentic!

  • L
    Reply Lily Howarth on March 10, 2016 says;

    i love it

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    Reply Lisbon on March 10, 2016 says;

    This is the best borscht recipe I’ve come across! Thank you!

  • V
    Reply Victoria on March 10, 2016 says;

    I have never eaten borscht before. I’ll try this one out this week end! Something to keep rolling 🙂

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    Reply Britesia on March 10, 2016 says;

    Good One…

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    Reply Carolyn Cochrun on March 10, 2016 says;

    Love your Recipies

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    Reply Małgorzata Pawłowska on March 10, 2016 says;

    This was the recipe I was looking for. Thank you!

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    Reply Noël on March 10, 2016 says;

    Great borscht recipe

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    Reply Penelope on March 10, 2016 says;

    DELICIOUS ! A meal in itself!

  • T
    Reply Trudy W on March 10, 2016 says;

    It’s funny because I’ve been just thinking of this since this week. And its exactly the same recipe you have posted… is it co incidence or are you reading minds… :O

    Now, its sure a tell tell sign to make this…

  • R
    Reply Rebekka on March 10, 2016 says;

    Really good recipe

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    Reply Zeyba Harsyah - Universidad de la Experiencia on March 10, 2016 says;

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  • N
    Reply Nadine Rodriguez on March 10, 2016 says;

    This recipe looks very authentic.. looks very coming from a hereditary of families! Good work posting it for many of us.

  • L
    Reply Laura on March 10, 2016 says;

    In my opinion – I should do this right now, today and not think of doing it later.

  • C
    Reply Christy O. Miller on March 10, 2016 says;

    I am a lover of good borscht. This one is awesome!

  • D
    Reply Dorothy on March 10, 2016 says;

    You really have great stuffs here in your blog.. Love your site!

  • A
    Reply Aria on March 11, 2016 says;

    Update: I prepared this yesterday, and it is awesome. The flavour and the smell was too good. All of us in the family loved a delicious meal yesterday. Thanks to you

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    Reply Kim on March 11, 2016 says;

    Awesome recipe! Love it. Determined to make it this weekend

  • D
    Reply Deepshikha Goswami on March 11, 2016 says;

    A fantastic recipe to note early this morning.

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    Reply Tulani on March 11, 2016 says;

    Great recipe. Haven’t seen one like this in a while now! Sure to prepare this one

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    Reply alma on March 11, 2016 says;

    لطيفة صفة P، وأنا أحب أن أرى المزيد من الوصفات منك.
    بلوق العظيم

  • M
    Reply Magalie on March 11, 2016 says;

    Love your blog & Love what you are doing. Its such a great to see some quality stuff out there.

  • M
    Reply Madelyn Abigail on March 11, 2016 says;

    I wish we were roomies… 😀

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    Reply Gwen on March 11, 2016 says;

    I prepared this and my family is raving about this now. Even now, my husband cannot stop talking about this. It was a great surprise for him. Thanks 🙂

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    Reply Gayatri Sriram on March 11, 2016 says;

    New to your blog. This is a nice blog. seeing lovely posts

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    Reply Stella Ester on March 11, 2016 says;

    J’aime voir plus de recettes de vous. Celui-ci est un authentique. Vous avez beaucoup de talent. Dieu te bénisse.

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    Reply Vicki from Kentucky on March 11, 2016 says;

    I love this post of yours. I’m seeing that you are out beating yourself in each and every post.

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    Reply Gabriella on March 11, 2016 says;

    Great recipe

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    Reply Yasmin Pinto Fernandes on March 11, 2016 says;

    Fantastic

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