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Beautiful, beautifying borscht

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Dinner, Lunch, Raw Food, Recipes | No Comments

This soup has been a staple for me this summer. It’s light, it’s full of antioxidants, it’s raw, and just what I need in the heat, it’s cold.

This borscht was inspired by Jamie Oliver’s goulash recipe, which includes caraway seeds. Let me tell you, caraway seeds are delicious, and give the soup a traditional Russian borscht vibe. My friend Godwin even liked it. You don’t know him, but it says a lot.

But in addition to being delicious, the amazing ingredients in this soup also provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Here’s what’s happening:

Beets – provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support, thanks to betalains, phytonutrients that are unique to beets and give them their beautiful red hue. Interestingly, betalains are lost when beets are cooked. Luckily, the beets in this soup are raw, which means that you’re getting a mega dose of betalains and their benefits! Beets also have good levels of vitamin C and manganese, antioxidant vitamins, and carotenoids, which are known as potent phytonutrients. Some studies have found that beets lower the risk of certain cancers. And they have lots of fibre, which helps to keep digestion moving. Translation: eat more beets.

Cabbage – is one of the top cancer fighting foods. It’s is high in antioxidant vitamins C and A (by way of beta carotene). The red cabbage in this soup provides an even higher dose of antioxidants than regular green cabbage, thanks to anthocyanins, phytonutrients that also provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Cabbage is also very good for the ol’ digestive system, and can actually help to soothe the pain of ulcers, and heal mucousal lining.

Caraway seeds – belong to the dill, anise, fennel and cumin family. And caraway seeds have many health benefits, including antioxidant properties. Caraway seeds are good for digestion, and can help to reduce gas.

Dill – provides antibacterial and antioxidant benefits, and helps to soothe the stomach. Dill also contains interesting volatile oils, called benzopyrenes, which are said to help neutralize certain carcinogens.

And if you want to know why raw foods are awesome in the summer, check back later this week.

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Beautiful Borscht

1 large organic beet, peeled and chopped coarsely
1 stalk celery
2 cloves garlic
½ lemon, juiced
½ tsp caraway seeds (add more depending on taste. I like 1 tsp)
2-4 cups water, depending on consistency
½ tsp Celtic sea salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Blend on high until smooth. Then add:

1 cup red cabbage, chopped fine
2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

Pulse until mixed.

Cashew Sour Cream

¼ cup cashews, soaked
¼-1/2  cup water
Pinch Celtic sea salt
Juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp lemon rind (organic, if possible)

Blend on high, adding more water until desired consistency. Drizzle over the soup and enjoy. xo

NOTE: This soup makes an amazing summer lunch as you don’t need to heat it. Bring it with you to work (in a sealed jar, of course!).

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