Easy Superfood Red Borsch

This borsch is cleaner, healthier, and much faster to make than the classic borscht from 2010 and the even the simplified borsch that we posted last year. It’s also just as tasty (although the Mr. likes this version best).

My sister Tanya was excited to share this with me and I’m so glad she did. It’s brilliant and takes about 30 minutes to make (no that’s not a typo! 30 minutes!!).

There are 5 superfoods in this borsch: quinoa, beets, kale, onion (did you know onion was a superfood?), and beet greens (the greens from the stock of the beets). If you can’t find the beets with stems on; no worries, just use a little more kale.  What makes these superfoods, you ask?

1. Quinoa: coined the “supergrain.” Quinoa has more protein than any other grain. This is our favorite lately. We cook it in our rice maker just like we would rice. We buy the organic quinoa at Costco; $10 for a large bag.

2. Kale is beating up all the other greens because of it’s awesome health benefits. It has calcium, lutein, iron, beta-carotene, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Yeah, yeah!

3. Beets: buy them with the greens intact which keep the beets fresh longer. Beets are high in vitamin C and folate and antioxidant lipoic acid. Translation: boosts immunity, regulates digestion and fights cancer. Gimme  gimme ‘dem beets!!

4. Beet Greens: One of the top 10 potassium foods! P.S. Organic beets tend to have the greens attached. Fred Meyer has good prices on organic beets. Mom’s garden has the best prices on organic beets. 😀

5. Onion: It might make you cry, but it helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It can also prevent cancer.

I’m totally watching a food documentary as I type this post. It makes me so glad that I made this borsch today and poured myself a bowl of superfood. I hope you love it like we do. My husband and son both approved!

Ingredients for Superfood Red Borsch:

12 cups reduced sodium chicken broth ( beef or veggie broth is ok)
1 medium or 1/2 large onion, peeled and cut in half (ends removed)
3 medium potatoes, sliced
1/4 cup quinoa
3 medium beets, peeled and grated
2 good handfuls of chopped kale leaves
2 bay leaves
3/4 cup sliced carrots
1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash
3 Tbsp ketchup
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
S&P to taste

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How to Make Superfood Red Borsch:

1. Fill a large soup pot with 12 cups broth and place over medium/high heat (or use 12 cups water and 4 Tbsp Reduced Sodium Better than Bouillon paste; that’s what I use). Toss in the halved onion.

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2. Bring to a simmer, then add the chopped potatoes, quinoa and carrots. Let cook 5 minutes.

3. Add grated beets (a food processor with a grater attachment makes this step a breeze and keeps fingers from turning purple), toss in a couple bay leaves, 2 large handfuls of chopped kale and the beet greens if you are using them. Stir to combine. Bring to a light boil and continue to cook uncovered 20 minutes. Your veggies should be soft when done. Discard the cooked onion halves if desired (you get all the onion flavor and people who don’t like onion won’t be bothered by it!)

4. Add 1/2 Tbsp Lemon juice, 1 Tbsp Mrs Dash (or your favorite seasoning) and 3 Tbsp ketchup. Bring back to a boil and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste (I used 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper and 1 tsp sea salt. Serve with Sour cream or mayo 🙂

Easy Superfood Borsch Recipe

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There are 5 superfoods in this borsch: quinoa, beets, kale, onion (did you know onion was a superfood?), and beet greens (the greens from the stock of the beets). If you can't find the beets with stems on; no worries, just use a little more kale.
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Serving: 10-12

Ingredients

  • 12 cups reduced sodium chicken broth ( beef or veggie broth is ok)
  • 1 medium or ½ large onion, peeled and cut in half (ends removed)
  • 3 medium potatoes, sliced
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 3 medium beets, peeled and grated
  • 2 good handfuls of chopped kale leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¾ cup sliced carrots
  • 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • S&P to taste

Instructions

  1. Fill a large soup pot with 12 cups broth and place over medium/high heat (or use 12 cups water and 4 Tbsp Reduced Sodium Better than Bouillon paste; that's what I use). Toss in the halved onion.
  2. Bring to a simmer, then add the chopped potatoes, quinoa and carrots. Let cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add grated beets, toss in a couple bay leaves, 2 large handfuls of chopped kale and the beet greens if you are using them. Stir to combine. Bring to a light boil and continue to cook uncovered 20 minutes. Your veggies should be soft when done. Discard the cooked onion halves if desired.
  4. Add ½ Tbsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp Mrs Dash (or your favorite seasoning) and 3 Tbsp ketchup. Bring back to a boil and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste (I used ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper and 1 tsp sea salt. Serve with Sour cream or mayo 🙂

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  • CM
    September 9, 2017

    Not sure why you didn’t suggest chopping the onions? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 9, 2017

      Hi CM, You can discard the cooked onion halves if desired (you get all the onion flavor and people who don’t like onion won’t be bothered by it!) – I forgot to add that note so I updated the recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Sean H
    January 6, 2017

    Natasha, thank you for the delicious recipe. I was missing Kale but it still turned out ‘super’ 😉 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 6, 2017

      So glad you enjoyed it Sean! Reply

  • Alina
    November 1, 2016

    Made this for dinner last night. I added meat to mine. Super delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂 Reply

  • Yuliya
    February 19, 2016

    I cannot praise this recipe enough! Husband and I are concentrating on eating healthy and it’s amazingly delicious and healthy! Husband was at first disappointed that I made borsch that.. Wasn’t borsch lol but totally love it! Any advice on when to add meat if we want some? 🙊 Reply

  • October 25, 2015

    Oh, adding quinoa is a great idea, thank you!
    My mother in law makes a vegan borscht for me 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 25, 2015

      It is totally great without the meat (although I am no where near vegan ;)). I love a good excuse to use more quinoa. Reply

  • Dana
    January 4, 2015

    Love this clean tasting easy to make borscht. Do you by any chance have a recipe for a beet mushroom borscht? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2015

      I’m so glad you like the recipe! Thank you 🙂 I don’t have a recipe for a mushroom borscht yet, but that sure sounds good! We’ve put mushrooms into borscht before but I haven’t made a specific mushroom one. Sounds yummy! Reply

  • Bernie Parks
    January 3, 2015

    This was so good. Left out the potatoes and added cabbage & celery. Cannot wait to make it again. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 3, 2015

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for the great review! 🙂 Reply

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