Do you love soups but don’t know where to start? If so, Ukrainian Borscht is the perfect solution. Not only is it full of flavor, but it’s also incredibly nutritious and easy to make. It’s a great way to get your daily vegetables without having to eat a boring salad! Kids and adults absolutely love this unique borscht!



What Is Borscht?

Borscht is a traditional Ukrainian soup made with beets, carrots, potatoes, onions, and beef. The soup is flavored with bay leaves, and garlic and garnished with sour cream or yogurt. It’s perfect for busy moms who need to feed their families healthy and quickly since it only takes about an hour and a half from start to finish. Plus the leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutritional Benefits of Borscht

The nutritional benefits of borscht are numerous. Beets are high in fiber and antioxidants which help promote healthy digestion as well as reduce inflammation in the body. Carrots are packed with beta-carotene which helps strengthen eyesight and prevent eye diseases. Potatoes contain essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium that help maintain good blood pressure levels while onions are rich in vitamin C which helps boost immunity. Finally, beef adds protein which helps build muscle mass and aids in weight management.

Making Your Borscht

If you want to make your borscht at home, there are some important things you should keep in mind. First, you want to make sure that you use local beef if possible since this ensures that the meat is fresh and free from hormones or antibiotics. Also, try to use organic produce whenever possible since this will ensure that your borscht isn’t contaminated by artificial chemicals or pesticides. Finally, opt for low-fat dairy products like sour cream or Greek yogurt when garnishing your soup as this will help keep your meal clean and eating-friendly!

All in all, borscht is an incredibly nutritious dish that can easily fit into any diet plan – whether it’s vegan/vegetarian friendly or geared towards weight management or clean eating goals! Not only does it make use of fresh vegetables like beets and carrots but it incorporates protein sources like local beef! So why not give Ukrainian borscht a try today? You won’t regret it!

Ukrainian Borscht Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 pounds of local, nutritious meat on the bone ( beef shank works great)

– 2 large onions diced

– 4 cloves of garlic thinly sliced

– 3 carrots grated

– 3 medium beets grated

– 1 small head of cabbage, thinly sliced

– 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste

– 2 bay leaves

– 10 cups of water

– 2 tablespoons of tomato paste

– 1/2 fresh lemon

– Parsley for garnish (optional)

– Sour cream for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large enough pot place the meat, add water and bring to a boil. Skim the foam and let it simmer for 1.2-2 hours until the meat is soft and falls off the bone. Once the meat is cooked and the broth is ready you can start working on the rest.

2.Remove the cooked meat from the pot, cube the meat, and set aside. Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes and add them to the broth along with the bay leaves and cooked meat. Cook until potatoes are soft, about 10 min, and then add the cabbage to the pot.

3. While potatoes are cooking. In a large pan heat some oil over medium heat. Once hot, add in the diced onions and grated carrots and sauté until they are soft and lightly browned. Next, add in the beets, and squeeze the juice of half the lemon all over the beets, cook for a couple more minutes. Once it’s all incorporated add tomato paste and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

4. Add the cooked mixture to the pot with potatoes and cabbage and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Add thinly sliced garlic and parsley, and season with salt and black pepper. Cover and let it sit so it all comes together.

I hope you enjoy making it and enjoy every spoon of this bright, nutritious, and delicious borscht!

Love,

Albina

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