November 22, 2015


My Great Grandmother came over from the Ukraine in the early 1900's, and with her came one of the most amazing soup recipes ever. Her recipe for borscht is very basic, but I chose to tweak it a bit for my liking.

Make sure when selecting the beets for this recipe, that the greens on the top of the beet are not wilted - this suggests the freshness of the plant. Beets are an excellent source of folate (aka vitamin B9) which offers an abundance of health benefits - ranging from increased fertility to reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!


  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 3 medium beets, shredded

  • 1 small head of cabbage, shredded

  • 10 petite potatoes, cubed

  • 3 carrots, shredded

  • 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes

  • 1 (6oz) can of tomato paste (or you can use a can of Campbell's tomato soup)

  • 1/2 c warm water (omit if using tomato soup)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  •  1 tsp sugar

  • bunch of dill

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  • *You can add any type of meat to this recipe. I recommend spicy pork sausages or ground turkey


  1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes until tender. 

  2. Fill the pot with 8 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Add the beets and cook on high for 5 minutes

  3. Add carrots and potatoes and cook until soft (around 10 minutes)

  4. Add the cabbage and can of diced tomatoes

  5. Mix tomato paste and 1/2 C warm water in a bowl and add to the pot

  6. Add dill, sugar, s+p to taste

  7. Add vinegar beginning with 1/4 C and adding more if desired

  8. Top with sour cream, creme fraiche or coconut milk (for vegan) and crunchy kale chips

*if using meat for this recipe, brown it first and add to the soup with the water

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Becky is studying Holistic Nutrition and is focusing her research on advancements in mental  health and sports. She lives in Canada with her husband and three children. Becky is the creator and owner of Fête Essential Oil Co as well as Muse Nutrition and is also a food & drink contributor to Khachilife, a fine lifestyles magazine.

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