This is such a delicious vegetable borscht!

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I absolutely LOVE beets, and cabbage! So, when a friend of mine shared with me her favorite Ukrainian borscht recipe (Vika’s Ukrainian Borscht), and told me how delicious it was, I just had to try it. Well, she was right! (Thanks Maria!)

At this time of year, I am a lover of everything soup! It is something that I make at least once a week during the colder months, and it not only warms our bodies, but our souls as well, helping to keep us well through cold and flu season. I am always shaking it up, and adding different flavors and ingredients to keep it fun and new. But THIS recipe was a total first for me! BORSCHT?

Cabbage, beets, and carrots are the main ingredients in this delicious soup, creating a highly nutritious, healing soup for the winter months.

beets

Beets are a highly nutritious root vegetables. They are known to lower cholesterol levels, and have an anti-aging effect. The antioxidants, and unique red pigment in the root as well as its top greens offer tremendous protection against coronary artery disease and stroke. Beets are also a great source of Betaine. Betaine is helpful in shielding the body against liver disease by decreasing fatty deposits in the liver, especially those that have been brought about through diabetes, or alcoholism.

Beets are a wonderful tonic for the liver as they work as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer. WOW! Beets are just amazing, and delicious, whether made in this soup, or juiced in the juicer, you shouldn’t miss out on the incredible benefits they have to offer! YUM!

cabbage

Believe it or not, cabbage stimulates the immune system, kills bacteria and viruses, inhibits the growth of cancerous cells, protects against tumors, helps control hormone levels and improves blood flow. Eat enough and it will speed up the metabolism of estrogen and thereby reduce the risk of breast cancer and inhibit the growth of polyps in the colon. It is a tremendous source of vitamin C!

Cabbage is a good detoxifier too. It purifies blood and removes toxins (primarily free radicals and uric acid). The presence of vitamin C and sulphur contribute to the detoxifying effects of cabbage. Sign me up!

I changed up the ingredients just a bit, according to what I had in the house, but it was still so extremely tasty, and an HUGE hit with everyone in the family. My husband and daughter ate theirs with a scoop of quinoa in each bowl, which just put it over the top!

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vegetable borscht

Ingredients

  • 3 Quarts vegetable broth
  • 1/2-3/4 Large head of cabbage (roughly shredded)
  • 6 Medium beets (roughly shredded/julienned)
  • 2 onions (diced)
  • 1 Medium red pepper (julienned)
  • 2 Medium sweet potatoes (cubed - original called for white potatoes)
  • 1 jar organic tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • 4 Large carrots (roughly shredded)
  • 3 cloves (minced or crushed garlic)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil (can use ghee as well- original recipe called for olive oi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch Salt to taste

Directions

Step 1. In large pot, boil 3 quarts of vegetable broth.
Step 2. Add in potatoes. Let simmer until potatoes are soft - about 10 minutes.
Step 3. Add to broth, grated cabbage, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Step 4. In large pan, add coconut oil and vinegar, and saute carrots, beets, onions and peppers on medium-high heat. Add salt and pepper. Saute untill all vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.
Step 5. Add tomato sauce, crushed garlic and sauted carrot and beet mixture to large pot of broth with the potatoes and cabbage. Simmer 5 more minutes.
Step 6. Top with fresh parsley and dill.
Step 7. Enjoy!