Easy Crockpot Borscht

Hello my friends!  How are things in your part of the world?  As I write this I’m staring at 3 inches of snow.  Snow, people.  Crashing our Halloween party like an unwanted guest.  I love snow, but it can wait until November 1 mmmmkay…

But the one good thing about this weather is that it inspires me to get out my crock pot and serve up a warm & hearty meal!  This also means that it’s time to drag out the cook books!  Going through cook books is one of my most favourite things to do.  Really.

And it’s especially fun when they’re brand spankin’ new books sent to me for review.  I’ve mentioned before, doing cook book reviews is one of my most favourite things about blogging!  I love receiving and reading through them…but not all cook books are created equal.  At this stage in my life with a young family, I need books that are practical, with practical ingredients and practical instructions.  Real food that’s easy to prepare.  So when I receive one of these types of cook books I feel the need to tell you about it!

Recently I reviewed The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson, and I like it so much I wanted to share it with you!  And you don’t need to be following a paleo diet to appreciate these recipes either (I was actually surprised at how often we ate paleo style without even realizing it).

Really what it comes down to with this book, is that I liked it.  The recipes are full of fresh ingredients, they are 100% gluten free, they are practical, and they make dinner time a breeze using the crock pot!  Because 3 kids + school activities + homework + life = crazytown.  Dinner time needs to be easy.

Easy-Crockpot-Borscht-{A-Pretty-Life}

From this book The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes, I decided to make the Easy Crockpot Borscht.  I love borscht.  I love beets and dill so this soup sounded perfect for me!  I wasn’t sure how it was going to go over with the rest of the family, but I thought it was worth a try, since I believe in exposing our kids to all kinds of flavours.  And the flavour of this soup is so good that even the kids liked it!

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Easy Crockpot Borscht

Servings 8

Ingredients

Soup

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced (I only used 2)
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds I left these out
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 - 28 oz can chopped tomatoes with juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar regular sugar is fine too
  • 3 medium beets peeled and diced
  • 1 potato peeled and diced
  • 4 cups beef or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 cups finely shredded cabbage

Garnishes

  • sour cream
  • finely chopped dill

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onions, celery and carrots, and cook, stirring often, until softened. About 5 - 7 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, caraway seeds, salt and peppercorns and cook for about 1 minute.

Option #1: A chunkier borscht:

  1. Transfer the carrot/onion/celery mixture to a food processor, add 1/2 of the tomatoes & juice, then process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a slow cooker.
  3. Add the remaining tomatoes, sugar, beets and potato.
  4. Add the stock. Stir.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 3 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. After this time add the vinegar, and cabbage, mix well and cook on high for 20 - 30 minutes more.

Option #2: A smooth borscht:

  1. Instead of pureeing the vegetables before the soup has cooked, use an immersion blender and puree the soup after it has cooked (at the step just before you add the vinegar and cabbage).

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and fresh dill.

Recipe from The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes, www.robertrose.ca

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Easy Crockpot Borscht {A Pretty Life}

This soup is chock full of vegetables…add a dollop of sour cream and some fresh dill and you have yourself a flavour explosion in your mouth!  So, so, so gooooood!

Easy Crockpot Borscht {A Pretty Life}

Look at that gorgeous beet colour!  So healthy and so good.  I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it!

Have a delicious day!
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12 Comments

  • Reply Barb October 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM Yummmm!!
  • Reply Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout October 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM That sounds excellent! You don't see too many vegetarian paleo recipes, huh? I bet I would really like that cookbook, I lurrrrve my slow cooker.
    • Reply Jo-Anna November 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM Thank you Sarah! Isn't the crock pot the best?! I'm loving this cookbook…everything is so healthy and fresh!
  • Reply Tara @ Suburble October 31, 2013 at 1:06 AM I have to admit something: I've never had borscht before! Gah! I have to change that, ASAP! It looks beautiful, Jo-Anna!
    • Reply Jo-Anna November 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM Oh you should try it! Borscht is the best...with loads of dill....yummmmm!
  • Reply Dolores November 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM This sounds so yummy and perfect comfort food for a fall or winter night. As an experienced homemaker, I'm inspired by your wonderful recipes! I truly love your blog. (Note: vinegar is not listed in the ingredients, but I assume that you meant '1 tbsp red wine vinegar' instead of just '1 tbsp red wine', lol. )
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