Healthy Ukrainian Borscht
Gluten Free Ukrainian Borscht
What is Ukrainian borscht? On the one hand, borscht is Ukrainian national soup, but on the other hand it is not a soup at all. So what is it that is so special about Ukrainian borscht?
Borscht is not just a regular meal; it is also one of Ukraine’s national symbols. Ukrainian borscht recipe… it is nearly impossible to describe how to prepare borscht because there is no single “correct” way to actually cook borscht. Each hostess has her own ideas about the ingredients to be used and the process with which borscht has to be cooked. As a result in Ukraine they have as many versions of Ukrainian borscht recipes as there are hostesses in Ukraine, LOL. But there is mane ingredients must be in a Borscht.
I have to say it is very healthy, gluten free and it is full of antioxidants.
This is how I cook Original Ukrainian Borscht that is naturally gluten free.
Have 6 qt. stock pot
6 cups of spring water
2 lb. Of beef bone marrow with a beef on it or meaty pork bones, or ½ of chicken
1 medium onion
1 medium carrots
1 cup of parsley (don’t chop)
1/2 medium-size cabbage (or 1 small)
2 small beets (1 medium)
4-5 medium potatoes
bunch of chopped dill ( or 1tbsp. dry dill)
5-7 cloves of minced garlic.
“Zapravka”: (it is sauce for borscht)
1 medium onion
1 medium shredded carrot
1/2 bell pepper (green or read, or mix)
5 tbsp. tomato paste or any 24 oz. of tomato sauce (I like Tomato Basil)
salt and pepper to taste
First you need to cook the stock. Beef bone marrow with a beef on it or meaty pork bones, or chicken ( chose your meat that you like, I like beef or chicken), with an addition of root vegetables, such as onions, carrots, and parsley stalks, should be simmered for at least three hours.
After that, the stock have to be filtered, and the cooked meat have to be separated from the bones and returned to the pot. The bones and vegetables are thrown away.
Meanwhile, thinly shred 1/2 medium-size cabbage and a 2 small beets, and cube about 4-5 medium peeled potatoes.
Add beets and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add potatoes and cook until potatoes are soft.
While the potatoes are being cooked, prepare “Zapravka”:
- In a heavy skillet, sauté sliced onion and 1 medium shredded carrot, 1/2 bell pepper (green or read, or mix).
- Add about 5 tbsp. tomato paste or any 24 oz. of tomato sauce (I like Tomato Basil).
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Sauté sliced for about 10 minutes more.
Add to the pot “zapravka” and sliced cabbage, and simmer for additional 5 minutes.
When the borscht is almost ready, check again for the spices, and add a bunch of chopped dill and a few cloves of minced garlic.
Remove from the heat and let stand for about 10-15 minutes. Serve borscht hot with one tbsp. of sour cream.
Watch video of how I am cooking low fat, low calories Ukrainian Borscht and it will take you 30-40 minutes to cook!
Enjoy healthy, home made Ukrainian Borscht! And it’s gluten free!
About the Contributor:
Elena is a business partner with Nancy with Sisel International and other adventures. Elena is enjoying a healthy lifestyle. A few month ago she lost 30 lb. using Slender Pop diet.
Learn more about Elena at http://successworld2u.com/
Thoughts from Nancy Olson:
I have been so blessed to have Elena in my life! Elena and I meet on the Internet in early 2011 and she then invited me to come visit. I spent 4 days with Elena in April and she had made this gluten free Ukrainian borscht for me. I have to tell you I wouldn’t have guess it to have some of those ingredients in the borscht because I couldn’t taste say the “beets”. But it was a very tasty dish and I had my fair share while I was there.
Go ahead and make this tasty Ukrainian Borscht!