Liver Loving Creamy Borscht

Beets and cabbage are plentiful at this time of year.  This is a great soup to make ahead and freeze. Leave out the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar until just before serving.  It’s got all the makings of a soup that eats like an entire meal – chunky, creamy and tangy. We both had 2 bowls each last night and will likely be eating it again tonight for dinner.

Beets have a unique phytonutrient in them called Betanin which is very helpful for phase 2 detoxification in which it helps the body attach toxins to Glutathione, the master detoxifier, make them water soluble and eliminate them through the urine. The more that beets are cooked the less Betanin they contain. This soup is only simmered for 20 minutes in order to soften the veggies and retain a large percentage of the phyto-nutrients. You can also grate fresh beets as a garnish to add even more detoxification support.

Creamy Borscht
Ingredients
  1. 9 cups water
  2. 4 large beets diced
  3. 1/2 head of red cabbage chopped
  4. 2 carrots diced
  5. 1 yellow onion diced
  6. 4 cloves garlic crushed and minced
  7. 1 cup coconut milk
  8. 3 bay leaves
  9. 1/2 tsp coriander
  10. 1/2 tsp fennel
  11. 1 tsp sea salt
  12. 1 tsp chilli flakes
  13. 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  14. Garnish: mustard micro greens, parsley, or dill
Instructions
  1. Steam saute onions and garlic in large pot for 3 min on medium heat
  2. Add in spices and 1 tsp grapeseed oil saute for 2 min until fragrant
  3. Add in remaining ingredients except coconut milk and apple cider vinegar
  4. Simmer for 20 min
  5. Before serving mix in coconut milk.
  6. Once mixed add in apple cider vinegar
  7. Adjust taste with a pinch or two of sea salt.
  8. Garnish and Serve.
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Questions & Answers

  • 11-05-13 Julie Beyer says:
    This looks really delicious! I am really inspired to try this for the fall/winter. I am thinking of pairing it with a raw sunflower or cashew based 'cream cheese' with some fresh dill. Ohhh I can't wait!

  • 07-12-15 Anna says:
    It's 10am and I am doing my 3 day food prep. I just made this soup and it is truly divine! Wow! I had intended to freeze some but I suspect it won't make it to the freezer lol

    • 07-14-15 Colin Medhurst says:
      Awesome Anna, this soup is perfect to make a big batch and freeze what you don't eat. But our house is exactly as you described... this one rarely makes it to the freezer. :)

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