Quick and Easy Beet Soup (Borscht)

I love the smell of borscht cooking on a cold day. My grandmother used to make it for me at lunch along with a sandwich, and it was the warmest feeling knowing she put so much work and love into a meal for me. Borscht doesn’t have to be so difficult to make, though. This is my quick borscht recipe. In hard times, it’s easy to make.

2 carrots chopped

1 celery chopped (I peel mine to remove the strings)

1 can sliced beets

1/2 medium onion diced

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 bay leaf

1 tsp dill

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil for sautéing

6 cups vegetable broth

Sauté vegetables and spices in olive oil until tender. Add bay leaf and liquid. Bring to boil and turn down to simmer. Let simmer for one hour to one and half hours.

Veggie Tuna Salad

I am not one who beats myself up after eating cheesecake because honestly, I love the stuff. There has to be a balance in what you take into your body in terms of fats and calories though. That’s why I love easy, summer salads as a go to after the cheesecake weekends.

This tuna salad is easy and is so light. It presents well and even kids love it. You can have it at a BBQ as well. Add hard boiled egg if you like. I kept mine simple:

Ingredients:

2 cans tuna in water

1 stalk of celery

1/2 red pepper

1 tbsp mayonnaise

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cucumber

Thoroughly wash vegetables and dice. Prepare tuna by draining water and mashing with the back of a fork until completely flakey. Add mayonnaise and vegetables. Serve on plates with sliced cucumber. 4 servings.

Easy Stir Fry Dinner

When I make dinner, I create as I go along, but someone asked me how I made my stir fry so I’m sharing it here. A stir fry is one of the easiest dinners because you can put whatever vegetables you love in it, and it should still taste good.

Tonight my son told me he wanted noodles so I went with capellini. They are thin and cook very quickly. This dinner cost me under $20 to make. I don’t think you could go out for a meal and feed 5-6 people under $20.

Ingredients:

4 tbsp olive oil

1/2 bag diced carrots

2 celery stalks

1 medium onion

1 cup button mushrooms

1/2 medium zucchini

1/2 red pepper

1/4 cup soya sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp dill

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 cp water

4 cups of water

1/2 package capellini noodles

Directions:

Dice all veggies and place into a large warm frying pan (or wok) with olive oil. Stir fry until onion is translucent (10 minutes). Mix soya sauce, water, and spices. Add to vegetables and turn down the heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are done. You can add more water if needed.

Add water to a 4 litre pot with a 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil and add noodles. Turn down the heat to medium and cook for 5-7 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Plate the noodles and serve the vegetables on top. This also can be made with rice. A great meal on a hot day. Minimal cooking time.

Any questions, feel free to leave a comment!

-Chaya