Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Beneficial beetroot

Beetroot has long been considered beneficial to the blood, the heart, and the digestive system. It has been regarded as a laxative; a cure for bad breath, coughs and headaches; and even as an aphrodisiac. More recently, it has been advocated as a cancer preventative and as a means of bolstering the immune system. Beetroot is rich in many important minerals and micronutrients; it is a nutritious vegetable with many health-giving properties.

Basic Beet Borscht


-2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
-1 onion or large leek, sliced or chopped small
- garlic,
-1/2 teaspoon (or more, to taste) caraway seeds (optional)
-1 carrot, sliced thinly
-1 stalk celery or 1 parsley root, sliced thinly
-1 small can diced tomatoes, tomato puree, or 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
-1/2 head cabbage, shredded
-1 bunch red beets, peeled and sliced thinly
-Filtered water with vege bulion/mashroom bulion/maggi
-1 bay leaf and a few parsley stems, tied in a bundle with string
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Red wine vinegar (or beet kvass, or lemon juice) to taste, (optional )
-Crème fraiche, sour cream, or yogurt for garnish
-Fresh dill, chives, or scallions for garnish (optional)


Heat the butter or oil in a medium-sized soup pot. Add the leeks or onions with the caraway seeds, then add the celery, carrots, and cabbage one by one and sauté until soft.
Add the tomatoes, puree, or paste and heat through.
Add the beets and filtered water (or vege stock) to cover the vegetables by about an inch.
Add the bay leaf and parsley stems and bring the pot to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until all is soft.
Turn off the heat and remove the bay leaf bundle.
Add a big pinch of salt and a grind of pepper to the pot. Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings by adding salt, pepper, or a few drops of vinegar/lemon juice, to taste.
Serve in a shallow bowl with a dollop of crème fraiche, sour cream, or yogurt and a sprinkling of fresh dill, chives or scallions if desired.

Borscht is great served with a dark, whole grain bread -
especially one with rye in it, spread thick with butter. A salad of crisp lettuce with hard cooked eggs is also a great accompaniment.
Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices
to be continue...
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