Nightshade Free Borscht with Dairy Free Creme Fraiche

What inspired this borscht recipe?
1: I love borscht. I love beets and I love soup. The two is a combination that I dream about. 
2: We bought a pre-made frozen locally sourced borscht a little while ago and it ended up being in the freezer for a long time and taking up prime real estate in our small freezer. I finally thawed it out and after heating it up, I sadly realized that this soup was bland, and flavourless. What a waste of money! It was a big disappointment and I knew I could do better and share it with the world. 
So here you are. The gift of borscht. You're welcome.

However I'm currently doing an elimination diet, which restricts me quite a bit. 

Here is a list of the foods I'm eliminating for 21 days:

It's been a little tough. I love coffee, dark chocolate, red wine, eggs and butter! 
But the kitchen is my playground and my place of creation and expression, so sometimes it can be fun to be restricted with ingredients and create dishes that are totally allergen friendly but still taste amazing. 

When I tell people about this diet that I'm doing to identify my potential food intolerances/allergens, I get lot of questions in regards to what nightshades are. Here's a quick breakdown: Nightshades are vegetables that belong to a certain family of plants. Some of these vegetables include potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and spices like cayenne, paprika, and chili peppers. We're eliminating them on our diet, because many people with arthritis, auto immune conditions or inflammatory bowel conditions find that they have less flare ups and less inflammation when they avoid this category of vegetables. 

As a nutritional consultant, I found that many of my clients avoided nightshades because it helped with their arthritic pain which I always found very interesting. Those who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or with autoimmune conditions may also have "leaky gut", which means that the protective lining of the intestines isn't functioning properly and allows bacteria and toxins to enter the bloodstream. There was a study of mice with IBD, and the alkaloids in potatoes were found to adversely affect intestinal permeability and increase intestinal inflammation. Yes, I know that mice and humans have different digestive systems, however it's interesting that some people with autoimmune conditions find relief when they avoid nightshade family vegetables.

We're avoiding this category of vegetables not because we necessarily suspect we have inflammation from these vegetables specifically, but rather as a precaution as we try to reduce inflammation in our bodies and find out what food triggers we have. 

I love using Organika's Collagen Peptides. It comes from the hides of bovine that are grass fed, pasture raised on non-GMO North American farms. Collagen is a protein made up of long chains of linked amino acids. It's the most abundant source of protein for our bodies. Collagen was explained to me as the "glue" that holds everything together. It provides strength and structure to our connective tissues. It's essential to the function of skin, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, ligaments and the digestive system.

The amino acids glycine, lysine, proline and glutamine are the real MVP of collagen. They are great for keeping your skin firm and smooth, and reducing intestinal permeability. Healing the gut is one of the first steps towards health, so it's incredibly important to support gut health as much as you can. 

Organika's Collagen Peptides are amazing because they are tasteless, doesn't clump, do not have any sort of texture once dissolved, and just one scoop can benefit an array of health ailments. And the best thing is you can mix it into basically everything! 

I've been using Organika's Collagen Peptides since 2016 and I mostly use it in my coffee to make a delicious elixir, however I'm just now starting to add it to my baked goods and starting to incorporate it into healing meals to nourish myself and my family. 

This combination of bone broth and collagen, with detoxifying vegetables is an incredibly healthy meal that will nourish you to great health. 


2 tbsp olive oil 
1 onion, small diced
2 celery sticks, small diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 1/2 C beets, small diced
4 C cauliflower florets, cut small (use potato instead for a more traditional borscht)
4 C green cabbage, sliced thin
2 medium sized carrots, small diced
1 1/2 tbsp dill, dried
1/4 C parsley, fresh, chopped
8 C beef bone broth
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp salt
1 C green peas
1/3 C Organika Collagen Peptides * optional 


Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat, then add onion and celery and sweat for 5 minutes. Add garlic, carrots and beets then cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients excluding the collagen peptides and green peas, and let simmer until the vegetables are tender (about 30-35 minutes).

Stir in the collagen peptides when the soup has finished cooking.

Transfer approximately 1/2 of the soup into a high speed blender, making sure to start at a very low speed and slowly increase to high speed. Puree until very smooth, then add back into the stock pot and stir to incorporate with the rest of the soup. Add green peas and bring back to a simmer, adjusting seasoning with salt, pepper or dill if needed. 

Serve hot with a dollop sour cream or with homemade coconut creme fraiche!

Dairy Free Creme Fraiche:

1 can full fat coconut milk
2 probiotic capsules

Empty coconut milk into a clean glass bowl.
Break apart probiotic capsules and sprinkle contents in the coconut milk. Using a plastic or wooden spoon, stir in the powder and stir until there are no clumps. 
Cover with cheese cloth or a clean cloth, and leave on the counter in a warm spot for 48 hours. 
Store in fridge in a sealed container.


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