Wednesday, January 9, 2013

resolutions & recipe


along with most of you (i'm sure), one of my goals this year is to eat healthier. i know that word is subjective, because eating "healthier" to someone could mean eating at mcdonalds once a week instead of everyday, or to someone else it could mean drinking 5 green juices a week instead of one (& obviously can mean something completely different to someone else too).

so to me, it means adding more whole foods, salads, green juices raw veggies to my daily food. since i like experimenting in the kitchen & coming up with my own takes on different recipes, & currently raw food recipes. here's my take on a raw beet soup!

i call it borcht, b/c i'm from ukraine & ate borcht quite often growning up... but this doesn't really taste too much like it, ha,  i just like having something familiar to compare it to. ( < --some see that as a downfall of raw foods, ie my husband, who thinks people should just call raw food what it is(in this case beet, carrot apple juice with avocado? he he), instead of trying to compare it to "regular" food. but...i think it's nice to compare to "regular" food, because it could help (some) people (like me!) understand the flavors better.)

Raw Borcht
2 servings

juice of : 
4 carrots, 
1 large beet + its greens, 
1 lime/lemon
1 apple

1 garlic clove (or tsp of garlic powder)
1 shallot or 1/4 sweet onion
1 zucchini
1 avocado

juice the veggies & apple. 
add zucchini, shallot, garlic,  juice to the blender. 
blend until it's completely smooth, add a little water if needed. once it is all completely silky smooth, add the avocado, blend until combined & creamy, taste for salt & wa-la
you want to add the avocado at the end, so you don't end up with a super foamy soup. 

*if you don't have a juicer, just toss everything into a blender, i bet it'll still taste great, it's just gonna be a little thicker.
i also made a little cashew sour cream, & topped it with cilantro & chives (but dill would have been more authentic! i just didn't have any).

i've seen recipes that add celery & cucumber, so you can definitely experiement with the veggies that go in there, but the combo i did above tasted great!

k. bye guys! 


  1. ok, have we had this conversation? because aleksey is like nate on that one!! the raw borcht sounds amazing, I will have to make!

  2. Ah nice to see a recipe for borsh! Mt boyfriends from Moldova and it is a regular in our home :) love your blog too :)

  3. yum! and I grew up eating Borcht too. love it. (p.s. I saw you the other day on the Etsy finds email looking cute in a sweater:))

    1. you have some russian in your family?

      & cool! woohoo thanks etsy!

  4. Ooh saw this on pinnie and it looks fantastic. But doesn't taste like borscht?? Sad face

    1. well, to me it does (beet-y sweet flavors with garlic & herbs! but to nate (& aleksey)... they'd beg to differ (i bet)!

  5. This looks and sounds so yummy. Also great photos.
    Almost Endearing