Beet soup (Borscht)

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Beet soup (Borscht)
Yield: 4 servings

2 medium leeks, thinly sliced
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 rib celery, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ pounds fresh beets, peeled & diced
4 Cups low-sodium vegetable broth
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
4 tbsp sour cream

1. Prep all ingredients. Heat butter in large pot over medium heat. When foam subsides, add onions, leeks, celery, carrot, garlic, beets & generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until veggies soften, 15-20 min.
2. Pour in veggie broth and bring to a simmer, gently stirring occasionally for 10-15 min. Stir in vinegar, dill and more salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into indiv bowls & top with sour cream and more dill to taste

TCM analysis:
Overal: HT Blood nourishing
Leeks/onions: pungent, warm. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Celery: sweet, slightly bitter, cool, tonifies KD, stops bleeding, strengthens SP/ST, clears heat, lowers blood pressure, promotes diuresis, benefits blood
Carrot: sweet, pungent, cool. Clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all internal organs, benefits eyes, relieves measles, lubricates the intestines, promotes digestion.

Garlic: pungent, hot. anti-viral/fungal, detoxifies meat/seafood, kills worms, removes blood stasis and food stagn, reduces abscess.
Beets: Sweet, cool. Nourishes blood, tonifies HT, calms spirit, lubricates intestines, cleanse LV
Vinegar: sour, warm. detoxifies, invig blood circulation, inhibits growth of bacteria, astringent, closes pores