Since we’re right smack dab in the midst of the Olympics, held in Sochi Russia, I thought it might be interesting to present a little bit about Russian cuisine. Source: Wiki I’m only focusing on soups in this post since the recipe of the day is Borscht, a chilled soup made with vegetables but the beautiful color comes from beets. Photos Source – Learn more about the healthy benefits of beets.
Soup plays an important part in the Russian meal. One of traditional staple of soups such as borscht (борщ), is part of the seven largest soup groups for Russians.
- Chilled soup (Botvinya)
- Light soups and stews based on water and vegetables.
- Noodle soups which include meat, mushrooms, or milk.
- Cabbage based soups
- Thick soups made with meat broth and a salty-sour base.
- Fish soups.
- Grain and vegetable soups.
Botvinya is another type of cold soup. The name of the soup comes from the Russian word botva, which means "leafy tops of root vegetables" because it’s made with the leafy tops of young beets, sorrel, scallions, dill, cucumbers, Mustard, garlic, and horseradish are then added for flavor. *Make sure to check out SOURCE for more on Russian Cuisine.
BORSCHT – watch the Olympics and feel like your there while eating dinner (don’t spill any or you’ll be “in the pink”. )
Maybe you don’t like cold soup or maybe you don’t like bright colored soups or maybe you just don’t like soup? It’s time to change! Turn over a new leaf. Let your taste buds come alive while your eyes pop and the excitement mounts. All that excitement might be due to the Olympic games and not the soup but…The brilliant ruby red color of this soup will make it hard to resist.
Makes about 4 servings *I used my Cuisinart Blender Soup Maker. SO EASY!
- 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 6 – 8 green onions, chopped
- 3/4 cup baby carrots, peeled and chopped small
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 4 small to medium beets: peel, wash well and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- about 15 grinds of a fresh black pepper grinder
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
Put oil into the blender, set timer for 6 minutes and heat on medium.
Add the onion, cover and stir 2 times. Set heat on high for 1 minute.
Add the carrots, stir 3 times, set heat on medium for 4 minutes.
Add the broth, set timer for 8 minutes on high. Add the beets, salt and pepper. Set to medium heat, timer for 30 minutes. After time expires, set timer again for 3 minutes on high.
Once the time expires, make sure beets are tender. Add the lemon juice. Blend on setting number 1 for 1 minutes. Move to setting 2 for 1 minute and finish on setting 3 for 1 minutes.
Enjoy with a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt. *Crème Fraiche is standard.
Only about 100 calories, approx. 16 g carbs, 4 g protein, 3 g fat and about 5 g of fiber. *Nutritional estimates do not include yogurt.
Do you like chilled soups? What’s your favorite soup, hot or cold?
Have you ever been to Russia?