Monday, May 6, 2013

Meatless Monday - Cold Beet Soup

Cold beet soup (Šaltibarščiai) is a Lithuanian summer staple.  Easy and refreshing, this soup is perfect for lunch or light dinner on a hot summer day!

Cold Beet Soup
Saltibarsciai - Cold Beet Soup

Not only easy and refreshing - and pretty, this soup is healthy too!  Beets are a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C., and betaine, which helps to lower blood pressure, prevents development of heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and may protect against liver disease.

Take note, the red color compound betanin is not broken down in the body, and in higher concentration may temporarily cause urine (termed beeturia) and stool to assume a reddish color.  This effect may cause distress and concern due to the visual similarity to hematuria (blood in the urine) or blood in the stool - could be especially disturbing if you have a child still in diapers:), but is completely harmless and will subside once the food is out of the system (from wikipedia).

Here's the recipe-

Wash and peel
3 large red beets (about 1 pound) (canned whole beets can also be used)

Cover with water and boil until tender.  While beets are boiling, chop into cubes
1 large cucumber
2 hard-boiled eggs 
2 scallions

Remove beets from water reserving liquid.  Let beets cool, then grate coarsely.  In large bowl add to beet water
2 cups kefir
2 cups buttermilk

Then stir in beets, cucumbers, eggs, scallion.  Season with
salt and freshly ground pepper,
chopped dill

Refrigerate.  Before serving garnish with chopped dill.  Enjoy!

Amounts of beets, liquid, eggs, cucumbers, etc. can be modified according to personal tastes.

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1 comment:

  1. Even though I don't like it, I'm glad you know how to make it and the kids get to try it!


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