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Although I make lots of fresh vegetables, cooking beets is a little intimidating to me.
Beets are one of those vegetables that are super healthy for you, but a little ( alot) messy to cook.
However, I recently learned that a friend uses rubber gloves when she makes beets. Duh! Why didn't I ever think of that..
So, if you love beets, now is the time to make them.
Both sets of my Russian grandparents thrived on Borscht ( cold beet soup), and my paternal grandmother lived to the ripe old age of one 107 ! Until her death, she was feisty, dignified, happy... Longevity was prevalent with my Russian ancestors and so was borscht ( is there a connection??)
This is a picture of my relatives. ( 1940's in Brooklyn, NY )
My paternal grandmother made homemade winter borscht with beets, potatoes, cabbage, meat bones, and meat. It was served hot and was a hearty healthy meal for the cold nights in Russia.
However, when she came to America, she started making a vegetarian variety of borscht which she served ice cold and topped with a generous scoop of creamy sour cream ( I use thick Greek Yogurt) When my paternal grandmother put the borscht and sour cream in the blender, it turned a beautiful hue of hot pink. It was a cooling meal on many a hot , humid, New Jersey night.
Why Are beets so healthy? Beets are powerful cleansers and help build the blood. Beets are a good source of vitamins and minerals and a very absorbable form of iron.
This vegetarian gluten free borscht recipe contains not only beets but other healthy root vegetables as well. I like to use organic vegetables, which I think enrich the taste and reduce the pesticides.
Personally, I never really developed a taste for borscht until I was an adult.
However, I do love beets and will now occasionally make some summer borscht topped with creamy Greek yogurt. It's good in the winter too hot..
I don't use the commercially produced jars of borscht because they contain lots of added sugar and the broth is really thin and sweet- almost like a drink.
My homemade borscht can be delightfully tangy because I add a little lemon juice.
I decided to make it in the crock pot. Eat it hot or cold- your choice.
Judee Algazi @Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time in the Slow Cooker:
1 large onion, sliced ( Yes, I used a red onion ; it was all I had)
Olive oil spray
3 large beets, peeled and quartered
3 small carrots, chopped
8 cups of water
2 large cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons lemon
Turn crock pot on high and spray with olive oil spray. Add chopped onion, carrots, and garlic and allow to saute for about 10 minutes, stirring as needed. Add beats and water and lemon . Cook on high for 3 and half hours. Chill and then blend in the blender with or without Greek Yogurt or sour cream .
|Cook in the crock pot on high for 3 and 1/2 hours or in a pot for 2 hours|
|Blend with or without Greek Yogurt|
|My grandparents drank their borscht from a glass..|
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