Root Vegetables during winter months

This seems the time of year we want the comfort that root vegetables seem to provide whether cooked on their own or roasted, put in soups and stews…theres something comforting about them.

Packed with comfort and nutrition!

Beet Roots are a source of phytonutrients (pigments that give them their rich red colour) that have been shown to have anti-oxident, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties. These yummy roots are a really great source of dietary fibre, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassim, Folate and Manganese plus they are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Add the Beet Greens and you also have good source of Protein, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper.
When the weather is grey and rainy and cold I look to the comfort I receive from soup….yes, soup…full of veggies, warm in my stomach and delicious so this month I’m sharing a yummy good for you recipe from my friend Val.

Borsht

5 medium Beets
4 medium Potatoes
1 lb ground Turkey
3 cups frozen Peas
3 cups Broth (chicken, veggie, you choose)
1 teaspoon Salt
Dill
1 tablespoon Flour
1 can Tomato Soup
Sour Cream

Dice beets, stalks and leaves, potato and onion. Brown meat, then simmer 1/2 hour in 6 cups liquid. Add vegetables and simmer until cooked. Mix tomato soup and flour together and add to soup. Add lots of Dill weed to taste. Cook a little longer to blend all the flavours. Add a dollop of sour cream to your soup once it’s in the bowl. Freezes well!

What are your favourite ways of cooking with beets? Share your fabulous, healthy and nutritious recipes using this key ingredient!

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2 thoughts on “Root Vegetables during winter months

  1. HEY TERESA DO YOU USE THE BEET LEAVES WHEN YOU MAKE THIS?????
    AND DO YOU ADD 3 CUPS OF LIQUID TO THE BROTH TO MAKE 6 CUPS OR ADD 6 CUPS AND THE BROTH. ONCE AGAIN THE MOST DELICIOUS SOUP EVER. AND A TIN OF TOMATO SOUP?????
    HUGS WENDY

  2. Hi Wendy
    When I can find them YES I cut up the beets, stalks and leaves and put them into the soup. The leaves are a little hard to find this time of year but in the summer the whole works goes in. If I’ve grown the beets myself (so know there are no chemicals on them) then I also don’t peel them but let that go in as well.
    I add 3 cups broth and 3 cups water and yes a tin of tomato soup.
    The recipe was shared with me by a my friend Val and it is the most delicious soup whether you add the meat or keep it vegetarian…and beets are so good for you!
    See you soon!
    Hugs

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